The Chronicle of Bánh
Bánh is Vietnamese word which can be translated as “cake” or “bread”. It can be considered as varieties of sweet savory cakes, bun, pastries, sandwich and many more Vietnamese foods. The bánh can be cooked by steaming, baking, boiling or deep-frying and normally made by rice or wheat flour. There are some noodles and fish cake dishes which are also called as bánh.
Bánh khọt or molded rice cake is a special dish from southern Vietnam, particularly in Vung Tau city. This Bánh khọt is made of milled rice flour, coconut milk, seasoned with salt and sugar. After being stuffed with shrimp, it’s fried by using steel molder to give a standard small round shape. This dish is very suitable for breakfast together with raw vegetable, fresh chilies and shrimp paste.
Bánh cuốn or Vietnamese steamed rice rolls are made from a thin and wide sheet of steam fermented rice batter which filled with seasoned ground pork, shallots and mushrooms. This dish will come with side dishes such as Vietnamese sausage pork, sliced cucumber, bean sprout and a dipping sauce called as nước chấm. This is a light dish and is generally eaten for breakfast at almost everywhere in Vietnam.
Bánh Hỏi Thịt Nướng
Bánh Hỏi Thịt Nướng is layers of thin woven of rice noodles which intricate like a white woven mat. The taste is same like vermicelli rice noodle but a little bit fluffy. This bánh hỏi will come together with grill meat such as pork or beef and topped by scallion oil. You can have this bánh hỏi thịt nướng with local dipping sauce, Nước chấm.
Bánh bèo or literally called as small rice pancake or “water fern cake” is a white colour dish with a dimple at centre. This dimple will be filled with a savory blend of choped nuts and minced shrimp, fresh scallion, crispy dried shallots, fish sauce, mung bean paste and oil. This dish is from Hue, the ancient royal capital located in central Vietnam.
Bánh Bột Lọc
Bánh ướt Thịt Nướng
Bánh ướt thịt nướng is a steamed wet rice paper which is pre-rolled with barbeque meat and fresh herbs. Normally this dish will join with a larger meal and enjoy it with dipping sauce which made with green bean, pork liver and peanuts.