Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup in Hanoi

Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup (Bánh trôi tàu, Banh troi tau) is a favorite food in Hanoi on winter days. Round and oval glutinous rice dumplings which are filled with mung bean or black sesame, covered with ginger syrup, and topped with crushed peanut, shredded coconut meat, attract most of the people from local to visitors.

Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup is a Chinese food in Hanoi. Although this is not a Vietnamese traditional food, it has become something important of Hanoi. It has been not only a food but also a part of local life as well as the rich Hanoi culture. Huddling on a small chair at a corner or on a street and eating a bowl of warm and smelling Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup is favorite of many Hanoi people for many years. In Hanoi, Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup are sold popularly at street food stalls and restaurants. Hanoi foodies prefer to enjoy the dumplings at long-standing street food stalls/restaurants. Some famous places to eat the dumplings are Pham Bang restaurant (30 Hang Giay Street) which was established by the famous Vietnamese artist Pham Bang, Ba Thin restaurant (1 Bat Dan Street) which last approximately a century.

Some people may think that the Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup recipe is difficult and it needs many ingredients to make this delicacy. In fact, this famous dumpling is made from glutinous rice, mung bean, black sesame, ginger, and sugar. A portion of Banh troi tau usually consists of 2 dumplings: one is spherical and filled with mung bean, the other is oblate spheroid and filled with black sesame. The crust is tender and sticky, the filling is buttery and tender. 2 dumplings are covered with smelling, sweet ginger syrup, topped with crunchy, greasy shredded coconut meat, crunchy peanuts, black sesame, and greasy coconut milk (optional). According to some people, the soul of the food is not the dumplings but the syrup which should be in brown color,  not too thick not too runny, sweet enough, and wonderfully fragrant.

Cooking Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup is an art. The cook must be delicate, careful and skillful in each step including making the ginger syrup, cook the fillings, forming the dumplings. And eating the dumplings is also an art. You should eat it slowly to enjoy its taste to the fullest. Once eating Glutinous rice dumplings in ginger syrup in Hanoi, it leaves an unforgettable memory in your life.

The dumplings are covered with ginger syrup, topped with shredded coconut meat, black sesame, crushed peanuts, coconut milk

The black sesame filling looks attractive and mouth-watering

The dumplings are covered with ginger syrup, topped with shredded coconut meat, peanut

Pham Bang restaurant which serves the most famous Banh troi tau in Hanoi

Boiling Pham Bang restaurant which serves the most famous Banh troi tau in Hanoi

Making dumplings at Pham Bang restaurant which serves the most famous Banh troi tau in Hanoi

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