You may have heard about the famous Vietnamese Stuffed Rice Cake (or Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls, Bánh Cuốn). In this post, I would like to introduce Vietnamese Wet Cake (or Banh Uot, Bánh Ướt) which is similar to Stuffed Rice Cake but is not stuffed with fillings. To make Banh Uot, the cook must be patient, skillful, experienced enough to steam rice four mixture in a special steamer which usually consists of a pot, a covering cloth, and a lid for a few minutes, then use a wooden (often bamboo) stick to get the thin cake out of the cloth.
The cakes are usually cut into small pieces and serve on a plate with vegetables and herbs including punched bean sprouts, cucumber, basil, fried shallots or onions, any combination of Fermented pork, Vietnamese pork roll, Fried Roll (Cha Gio), grilled pork, sweet and sour dipping fish sauce. Vietnamese people usually use chopsticks to eat Wet Cake.
In Hue, they serve Wet Cake (cut) with Roasted Pork instead of Pork Roll, Fried Roll. Various vegetables, herbs, pickles, sweet and sour fish sauce dip are also served with the cake. Diners use rice bowls and chopsticks to eat cakes, pork, vegetables.
Or they use whole Banh Uot sheet to wrap grilled pork and beef, daikon and carrot pickles, vegetables, herbs into rolls and dipped in a special sauce made from pork liver. This way of eating Banh Uot is very popular in Hue City – the city of the old Citadel, Perfume River, Trang Tien Bridge. If you come to Hue or Hue restaurants in Vietnam, do not miss the Wet Cake with Grilled Meat.
Dien Khanh Wet Cake in Nha Trang City which has many perfect beaches in the country is very famous. Wet Cakes are not cut into pieces but left whole and put atop the others, then topped with ground dried shrimp, ground mung bean, green onion oil, sometimes served with grilled meat, and eaten with dipping fish sauce or a dip made from Mam nem (Fermented fish). Dien Khanh Wet Cake are steamed on terracotta ovens so that Wet Cake is spectacularly tasty.
In Dalat, they serve Wet Cake (cut) with boiled chicken and organs which are mixed with minced herbs and onions. In Danang, they serve Wet Cake with ground dried shrimp, deep-fried shallots or onions, Beef Roll.
Wet Cake is usually served with vegetables and herbs including punched bean sprouts, cucumber, basil, fried shallots or onions, any combination of Fermented pork, Vietnamese pork roll, Fried Roll (Cha Gio), grilled pork, sweet and sour dipping fish sauce.
Wet Cake is an authentic Vietnamese traditional food which could not be missed by anyone coming to Vietnam. You can easily find this food in the country. Below is a list of best places to eat Wet Cake in Vietnam:
- 88 Trần Khắc Chân, quận 1, Tp. Hồ Chí Minh (88 Tran Khac Chan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City); Open time: 16:00-22:00
- Bánh Ướt Thịt Nướng Huyền Anh, 50 Kim Long, TP. Huế( Huyen Anh Wet Cake with Grilled Meat, 50 Kim Long Street, Hue City); Open time: 9:00 – 21:00
- Chợ Đông Ba (Dong Ba market, Hue City)
- Bánh Ướt Xứ Truồi Dung Ngô, 54 Bà Triệu, P. Phú Hội, TP. Huế(Xu Truoi Dung Ngo Wet Cake with Toasted Pork, 54 Ba Trieu Street, Hue City); Open time: 9:00 – 21:00
- Bánh Ướt Lòng Gà Trang, 15F Tăng Bạt Hổ, Tp. Đà Lạt (Trang Wet Cake with Chicken Organs, 15F Tang Bat Ho Street, Dalat City), Open time: 13:00-22:00
- Bánh Bèo Bà Bé, 100 Hoàng Văn Thụ, Quận Hải Châu, Tp. Đà Nẵng (Ba Be Stall, 100 Hoang Van Thu, Hai Chau District, Danang City); Open time: 7:00-18:00