It’s the last month of the year, the boar ambles along looking for ginger to make rice porridge.
tháng chạp: the last month on the Viet lunar calendar; on the Gregorian calendar, the last month is tháng mười hai (“month twelve”) or December.
heo rừng: boar or “forest pig”
lững thững: to move along with slow, deliberate steps
No rice porridge is complete without a few slices of roasted ginger in the broth, or a pinch of grated ginger and diced green scallions in each bowl.
Noodle’s book of Month Names by Mứt