Making White Roses in Hoi An, Vietnam, September 2017
The Japanese phrase “dumplings instead of flowers” (花より団子 – hana yori dango) refers to choosing something useful over something pretty and decorative.
In Hoi An, you can have both at the same time – Banh Bao Vac, dumplings shaped like flowers, and known as “white roses”.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 17 February 2022
Posted as part of Becky’s SquareOdds