Banh Cuon – Steamed rice rolls
|Banh Cuon, steamed rice rolls, is a dish found in many Vietnamese Northern provinces such as Lang Son or Cao Bang. In Hanoi, Banh Cuon is also a popular dish for breakfast.
What is Banh Cuon?
In Vietnamese, Bánh means Cake and Cuốn means Rolled, Banh Cuon is a type of rolled cakes that is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed rice batter rolled and filled with seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Besides the pork filling, you can also find 2 other pastes as chicken or shrimp; however, Pork Banh Cuon is the most popular one which can be easily found in many corners of Hanoi.
The dish is served with a separate bowl of clear amber dipping fish sauce. Traditionally, this sauce added “cà cuống” (Lethocerus indicus) essence for a better flavor. “Chả Lụa” (Vietnamese pork sausage) and fresh herbs are served on the side.
By itself, the pale white rice batter is silky smooth and soft but otherwise rather bland. This is where the filling & the sauce comes in to lend a solid texture and adds flavor to the roll.
Silk Path’s recommendation
Banh Cuon can be found in many streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, yet here are some of the famous Banh Cuon restaurants that you can add to your Hanoi food tour list:
- Banh cuon gia truyen Thanh Van: 14 Hang Ga Str.
- Banh cuon Gia An: 16 Dao Duy Tu Str.
- Banh cuon ba Xuan: 16 Hoe Nhai Str.
- Banh cuon ba Hanh: 26B Tho Xuong Str.