The Hanoitimes - Banh Chung (Vietnamese square glutinous rice cake) is chosen as one of the 12 best rice dishes from all over the world by the Russian geographic magazine, Vokrug Sveta.
Rice is known as a primary staple food throughout many countries all over the world. There are 40,000 varieties of rice and they vary in shape, color, and size. Thousands of dishes across the world are made from rice.
Accordingly, Italian rice dish, Risotto is ranked first in the list, followed by Paella of Spain, Jambalaya of Mexico, traditional Egyptian dish called Koshari, Nigerian Jollof rice, Indian Dosa pancake, Plov, a popular dish in Muslim countries, Won Ton of China, Banh Chung of Vietnam, British pudding cake and Japanese rice cake Mochi.
Banh Chung is the most popular and delicious cake of Vietnamese that is made during Tet Holidays and Memorizing Day of Kings Hung to express gratitude to ancestors and homeland.
Vokrug sveta is a Russian geographic magazine. It is the longest running magazine in the Russian language. The first issue was printed in Saint Petersburg, in December 1861, almost thirty years before the establishment of the National Geographic Magazine.
Thus, it is one of the oldest popular science magazines in the world. Release of Vokrug sveta was suspended twice: from 1918 to 1927, during the Russian Revolution, and from 1941 to 1945, during World War II. Nevertheless, the magazine always resumed and continues to be published to this day.
For Soviet readers, Vokrug sveta represented a rare source of authentic, fully illustrated information about foreign cultural attractions. This is despite Soviet officials insistence that the magazine should cover domestic tourist attractions, rather than those situated outside the USSR.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the magazine continued to grow in popularity and increased the circulation to 2,300,000 copies by 1971. A television subsidiary was also popular, particularly in the early 1990s. As of 2007, Vokrug sveta ranks third among Russia's popular monthlies, with a circulation hovering around 250,000. The free archives of past issues (starting from 1970) are available on their website.