Fried corn (Bap xao in Vietnamese) is one of the most popular street food in Saigon for low price, easy recipe and great taste. This kind of food is sold popular at rolling carts on Saigon streets or at corners near parks, at local markets, in front of schools, universities, etc.
Main ingredients for Bap xao are sweet corn, dried shrimp, green onion, and butter. In Vietnam, there are two popular types of corn: sweet corn and glutinous corn. The first is used to make Bap xao thanks to its sweet and crunchy tastes. Dried shrimp (Tep kho) should be made from whole tiny shrimp which is caught in the wild (rice field, pond, swamp, etc.). Tep kho is rich in calcium and vitamins. It is a favorite ingredient to cook a lot of Vietnamese dishes (soup, stir-fried dishes, etc.).
Fried corn is a very simple and easy-to-make recipe. Boil the sweet corn, remove corn from the cob. Put a flat pan onto the oven, add some butter. When the butter is hot enough for frying, add the corn, stir-fry for a few minutes. Then add the dried shrimp and continue stir-frying for 3 minutes. At last, chopped green onions are added. Street food vendors can prepare ingredients, boil the corn, remove the corn from the cob at home and cook the food when customers order. The food is ready in less than 10 minutes. The food is usually eaten with chili paste.
A portion of Fried corn looks attractive with shining yellow corn, green onion, red chili paste, brown-red dried shrimp paste. Bap xao is not only nice-looking but also sweet-smelling. The smell of this Saigon street food comes from the butter, corn and dried shrimp. Fried corn can make foodies eat more and more. It is one of the most favorite food of people of all ages, especially pupils, students, teenagers.