Chau Doc city is famous with lots of specialty dishes such as Fermented fishes, Dried foods, palm sugar, Thai tamarind, Tung lo mo (Khmer beef sausage), Cow cake with palm sugar (Banh bo thot not), etc. The sweet, greasy, and buttery Cow cake with palm sugar is a favorite food in Chau Doc city as well as the entire An Giang province. The cake has become more and more popular in other provinces of the country.
To make this food, it needs molds, steamer, and oven. Ingredients for the cake are rice flour, powdered palm sugar, palm sugar, fermented steamed rice, coconut water, coconut milk. There are a few version of Cow cake recipes in Vietnam. Most of the Cow cakes are made from white sugar. Palm sugar makes the cake yellow and smelling typically, different from other of its kind. Recipe of Cow cake with palm sugar is not easy. The cook should be so experienced and skillful that she can make a nice-looking and sweet-smelling Cow cake. The rice flour is made from Nang Nhen rice which is known as the tastiest and most fragrant rice.
The rice is soaked in water, ground, filtered to receive rice flour. Mix the rice flour, powdered palm sugar, fermented steamed rice, coconut water into a rice mixture. Leave the rice mixture overnight. Cook coconut milk and palm sugar until melting, add the mixture to the rice mixture. Continue brewing the rice mixture for 3-4 hours. Tiny bubbles appear in the mixture. Cover each mold with a thin layer of oil, put the mixture into the mold, steam for 30 minutes over high heat so that the cake has a good shape and well-done. Traditionally, instead of using metal, stainless or plastic mold, they use banana leaves to make nice molds for the cake. They can top the cake with some shredded coconut meat.
After steaming, the cake is yellow, tender, airy and smelling. Wrapped in banana leaf and topped with shredded coconut meat, the dish looks attractive. Coming to Chau Doc city, do not miss this amazing cake. It is worth a taste.
They use banana leaves to make molds for the Cow cake with palm sugar in Chau Doc
Top the cake with some shredded coconut meat before steaming
Cow cake with palm sugar after steaming
Cow cake with palm sugar looks mouth-watering
Instead of making small Cow cake with palm sugar, they also make big cake, then cut into smaller pieces to serve