Anyone who was born and has grown up in Phan Thiet could not forget Grilled girdle cake roll dipped in fermented shrimp paste (or Bánh tráng chấm mắm ruốc) – the familiar food in the city. It has become a specialty food of Phan Thiet although the province has various delicious dishes. Most of the people who have eaten the food fall in love with it thanks to its great taste.
The soul of the food is Fermented shrimp paste (Mắm ruốc, Mam ruoc) which has typical smell and taste. Fermented shrimp paste is prepared before serving. Some lime juice is added when eating to make the paste less salty and more flavorful. Grilled girdle cake includes sesame so that it is very smelling. The cake is crispy and melts in your mouth after eating. It creates a funny sound when you eat it.
Grilled girdle cake (Bánh tráng nướng), boiled egg, vegetables and herbs (cucumber, green mango, Vietnamese mint, etc.), rice paper are served and ready for eating. Diner just peels the egg, break a piece of Grilled girdle cake, uses the rice paper to wrap the others, dip in Mam ruoc and tuck in. The food is simple but it is amazingly delicious. It can satisfy most of the diners. If you have a chance to visit Phan Thiet, do not miss this food. I beg you will love it.
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Grilled girdle cake roll dipped in fermented shrimp paste