A local market in Laos (Source: VNA)
 
Vientiane (VNA) – Many Vietnamese families in Vientiane have switched their regular work to wrapping and boiling square glutinous rice cake to meet high demand ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year festival.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, member of a Vietnamese family in Laos, said she could wrap 200 square and cylindrical glutinous rice cakes per day but the supply is yet to meet the demand because the number of orders for business partners and employees is huge, not to mention retail Vietnamese and Lao consumers.

Thuy said Lao people are keen on glutinous food, especially square glutinous rice cake. Each year on this occasion, her family consumes 2-3 tonnes of glutinous rice but the supply remains insufficient.

This year, Ha Thi Kim Loi hired two Lao workers to wrap cakes which number over 100 per day.

According to her, most of the Vietnamese nationals buy glutinous rice cakes as gift for Lao fellows.

In high demand was also pork pie which is not only for family use but sent to their relatives abroad.-VNA