"Banh Phu The" or Husband and Wife cake
"Banh Phu The" (also known as a "Husband and Wife" Cake) is a Vietnamese conjugal cake.
It is normally served at Vietnamese weddings and used as a wedding invitation or taken by the man's family to the woman's family on engagement day. The stickiness of the cake is said to signify the strong bonds of the marriage ties. Traditionally, a man would offer these to the woman he wants to marry. Nowadays these cakes are still an essential part of a wedding banquet, or the gift packages that the groom's family sends over to the bride's.
"Banh Phu The" is a sweet cake with a jelly-like texture made of tapioca flour, pandan, mung bean paste, sugar, sesame seeds and coconut milk. It is very unique with a leaf covering that looks like a tiny square box, made from coconut leaves.
This cake (Banh) is named "Phu The" because of how it is wrapped: a box on the top fits perfectly with the box on the bottom.
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Learn how to make it at Playing with my Food.
A Recipe for Banh Phu The can be found at Vietnam-Beauty.
Another recipe from Wikia.
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Published on 3/5/09