This is the time to get em along with the pickled daikon and carrots fish sauce thats supposed to go with it...
I've pretty much seen them in all the vietnamese delis/bakerys I've visited these last two weeks. Banh Mi Che Cali, Vans Bakery, Lee's Sandwich, asian supermarkets. As other hounders have mentioned, you will find them along with all the other Chinese New Years goodies. The places I went to was in Little Saigon/OC, but you can find them in San Gabriel/Alhambra and Chinatown.
Yummm, best when fried in a little oil to crisp the outside but still soft inside. Thats it! I'm getting some tomorrow.
Does anyone know of any deli that might have some banh chung or banh tet?
I know that a year or two ago health inspectors didn't dig the fact that they tend to sit out at room temp (unsafe they claimed) and they seemed to become even scarcer.
It just isn't Tet without it.
The best place to get your banh chung is at Tan Hoang Huong on Euclid and Edinger in Fountain Valley/Santa Ana. They have 2 shops - a food-to-go place on the corner and a shop on the shopping mall strip where you can buy large trays of food. You can find the banh chung at the latter shop. Not sure if you have to order them ahead (the full-sized ones). They're a popular destination for Tet (New Year's) shoppers, so you might want to call them to see if they have some or can have some made and held for you.
714-775-7422 (not sure which location this number is for)
In the few recent yrs. I lived in LA, I NEVER sighted banh chung once in the greater LA area. I'm sure that Westminster has some good options that I'm unaware of, but you can repost to ask about that area and will likely get some good responses from OC hounds.
If they are available in LA, then best bet might be in Chinatown since Viet businesses seem to be cropping up there these days. Linked a Chinatown guide that is useful. Check out Kim Hung Bakery and Linh's Bakery. Looks like they have special occasion cakes and moon cakes, but don't know about banh chung. Perhaps more likely found in a deli. If not, they may be able to point you in the right direction though. Good luck!