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.
Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake is usually served on a plate, topped with green onion oil. Shredded green papaya served on the same plate or on another plate separately. Dipping soy sauce is served in a small dip bowl. The diner can pour the sauce onto the fried rice cake or dip pieces of Bot chien in the dip when eating. – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
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 and How to cook Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake
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 a pan with egg, chopped green onions are topped at last. This food is served hot with shredded green papaya and dipping soy sauce.
Some people buy and take away Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake in disposable food container- Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Good news for you! Bot chien is eaten with spoons and forks. No need to use chopsticks like other Vietnamese foods! – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
How to cook Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake? – Video by Scooter Saigon Tour
Best places to eat Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake in Ho Chi Minh City:
- Bot Chien Dat Thanh, 277 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 14:00 – 21:00; Prices: 20,000 – 30,000 VND.
- Mi Xao, Bot Chien – Nguyen Kim, 187 Nguyen Kim Street, Ward 6, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 18:00 – 23:00; Prices: 15,000 – 20,000 VND.
- Bot Chien – Phung Khac Khoan, 63 Phung Khac Khoan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 16:00 – 23:00; Prices: 15,000 – 25,000 VND.
- Bot Chien – Hoang Sa, 757 Hoang Sa Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00; Prices: 15,000 – 20,000 VND.
- Bot Chien – Huynh Kim – Banh Mi Chien Tom – Le Hong Phong, C006 Le Hong Phong, Chung Cu Le Hong Phong, Ward 2, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 6:00 – 21:00; Prices: 9,000 – 12,000 VND.
The special Pan Fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake has become the pride of Saigon people. They consider this street food as a favorite snack in the morning or at night. If you have a 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 (by motorbike or walking) and local guides will drive you to hidden corners to enjoy exotic street foods, including Bot Chien.