Vietnamese Steamed Rice Roll is made by stuffing ground pork, minced black fungus and shallots into a thin, wide and translucent sheet of steamed fermented rice batter. Banh Cuon is usually eaten with Vietnamese pork pie, bean sprouts, various Vietnamese herbs, sliced cucumber, deep-fried chopped shallot and dipping fish sauce. Sometimes, a drop of the essence of lethocerus indicus is added to the dip to make flavor special although it’s very expensive.
A different version of Banh Cuon which are found in Thanh Tri – a southern district of Hanoi and Kenh village of Nam Dinh province. We call them Banh Cuon Thanh Tri and Banh Cuon Lang Kenh. The interesting is that these kinds of Vietnamese Steamed Rice Roll aren’t rolls, but just slightly steamed rice sheets and served with sliced pork pie, deep-fried chopped shallot or prawn.
A dish of Banh Cuon with herbs, sliced cucumber, boiled bean sprouts, sliced pork pie, dip and fried shallops – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Deep-fried onion is a must topping of this traditional cake – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
The Banh Cuon is unique for its extremely thin and delicate crepe. The reason for this thinness is the cooking process. The rice batter is steamed over a cloth covered pot which can quickly cook, keeping it moist and workable. At first, a very thin layer of batter is poured on to the fabric and a flat bamboo stick is used to lift off the rice crepe. The cook must be skillful and patient to make Banh Cuon.
The rice batter used to make Banh Cuon – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
The cook is putting the filling, which is made from ground pork, black wood ear and minced shallot – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Are you mouth-watering at the dish of Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls? If you have chance to visit Vietnam, do not hesitate to taste this amazing food.
Where to eat Banh Cuon in Vietnam?
Best places to eat Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls in Hanoi
- Banh Cuon Ba Hoanh at 66 To Hien Thanh street, District Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
- 19 Nguyen Binh Khiem street, District Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
- Banh Cuon Ba Trieu at 101 Ba Trieu, District Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.
- Banh Cuon Thanh Van at 12-14 Hang Ga street, District Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Banh Cuon Hang Bo at 12-14 Hang Bo street, District Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Banh Cuon Gia An at 25 Thai Phien street, District Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi
Best places to eat Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls in Ho Chi Minh city
- Banh Cuon Y Thien at 274 Ba Hat street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh city
- Banh Cuon Kim Long – 80/86 Tran Quang Dieu street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city
- Banh Cuon Ca Cuong at 89 Ly Tu Trong street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
- Banh Cuon Tay Ho at 127 Dinh Tien Hoang street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
- Bánh cuốn Hai Tan at Nguyen Tri Phuong market (68 Nguyen Lam street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh city)
- Banh Cuon Song Moc at 157 alley, Vuon Chuoi street, District 3
- Banh Cuon at 268 Ba Hat street, District 10
- Banh Cuon Thien Huong at 179A, 3/2 street, District 10
- Banh Cuon Nguyen Trai at hẻm 150 Nguyen Trai street, District 1
- Banh Cuon Hai Nam at 11A Cao Thang street, District 3
- Banh Cuon Hong Hanh at 17A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, District 1
Banh Cuon Hai Nam restaurant in Saigon
I would like to recommend you to book a Ho Chi Minh Food Tour by motorbike. It’s a good choice to drive around the city to sightseeing and enjoy best street foods, including the delicious Banh Cuon.
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