Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake
Saigon (former name of Ho Chi Minh City) is full of delicious foods so that some don’t know which are its specialties. In this post I would like to introduce to you who are interested in Saigon foods and culture one of Saigon specialties – Bot Chien or Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake. This is a popular food which could be found at street food stalls on the streets and at local markets. Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake is not only exotic but also cheap, a portion of Bot Chien costs about 1 USD.
It has been said that Bot Chien originated in China Town Saigon (an area consisting of District 5, 6, a part of District 10, 11 where most of Chinese people live). Original Bot Chien is fried with a soy sauce and a little oil. But most of Saigon people prefer the version of Bot Chien, which rice cake pieces are deep-fried.
Ingredients to make Bot Chien are rice powder, tapioca powder, egg, green onion, green papaya, soy sauce. Rice powder and tapioca powder are mixed with oil and water. Then the mix is cooked for a few minutes before being steamed. The steamed rice cake is cut into medium thin square pieces which are deep-fried until rice cake pieces turn yellow brown. The pieces must be crispy outside and tender inside. Then rice cake pieces are fried on pan with egg, chopped green onions are topped at last. This food is served hot with shredded green papaya and dipping soy sauce.
The special Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake has become the proud of Saigon people. They consider this street food as a favorite snack in the morning or at night. If you have chance to visit Saigon, do not miss this amazing food. If you don’t know how to find them around Saigon, just book a Saigon food tour and local guides will drive you to hidden corners to enjoy exotic street foods, including Bot Chien.