Although Banh Trang Nuong has just appeared in Hanoi for a short time, it quickly becomes a favorite dish of many people especially in the winter.
About Banh Trang Nuong
To be called as “pizza” of Da Lat, Banh Trang Nuong has more variations when it appears in Hanoi but still keeps its own features. On a rainy afternoon in summer, rambling in Hanoi streets, suddenly, you catch an image of a vendor who quickly spins cakes on hot fire. The favor of egg and onion spreads its fragrance, with a quick look; it likes a colorful and attractive pizza. That is grilled rice cakes, a dish you can eat full without being tired of.
How to make it
Banh Trang Nuong has simple ingredients of big rice cakes (used to wrap spring rolls) that will be roasted on charcoal fire, and then covered a layer of egg and onion, together with minced meat, sausage and shredded chicken meat and we already have a fragrant grilled rice cake to enjoy. However, to have a delicious cake in right tastes and nice looking, it requires skill and meticulosity.
At first, people put the cake on charcoal fire, then cover with a thin layer of egg on the cake’s surface. The cake maker skillfully spins the cake to bake it from outside circles to the center, the important thing is to bake it well- done but not over cooked. You may also add onion and dried small shrimps.
But to make a cake as “pizza” style, after covering with the egg layer, the maker quickly just spin the cake just sprinkle the cake’s surface with dried shrimps, sausage, dried beef, minced meat, shredded chicken meat, etc. depending on customers’ requirements. After all, sprinkled with sliced Vietnamese mint that is kind of typical herb make the cake a distinct flavor.
When being enjoyed, Banh Trang Nuong is served with chili and tomato sauce. Apart from enjoying the cake, you can order other street food such as: mixed rice cake, cheese, fish ball, beef ball, sausage, fermented spring roll, etc.