Pancakes with porridge heart is one of the famous specialties that you cannot ignore when visiting the martial land of Binh Dinh.
If many other localities often eat banh cuon with roasted pork, shrimp paste, ram meat, grilled meat, etc., Binh Dinh people have a strange and strange dish of porridge. Even many tourists come here to say, if you come to Binh Dinh without enjoying the cake asking for porridge, your heart does not want to go back.
Banh ask is a popular dish in Binh Dinh, people usually eat it in the morning or at noon. The main ingredient for making banh cuon is rice flour, especially to make “standard” cakes, people often use old fragrant broken rice to make the cake more delicious. Rice, after soaking overnight to soften, will be ground into flour. The water powder, after being put into a dry cloth bag, is steamed, stuffed and divided into small “twists”.
Next, the baker will use a cylindrical and aluminum press mold with the bottom punched many small holes. The “twists” of the dough after being put into the mold will follow the small errors that are poured out at the side of the cake. It can be said that the small holes at the bottom of the tube play an important role in the quality of the cake. If the hole is too small, the dough will not pass, but if the hole is too large, the bread will also be large when poured, and it will not taste good.
After the bread is spread evenly on rectangular bamboo sheets, it is steamed. To make the cake taste greasy, people often apply a layer of peanut oil on the surface of the cake and sprinkle some shallot leaves. The cakes offered to guests are usually white in color, greasy and fragrant with the characteristic aroma of chives.
Besides sliced pork, Binh Dinh people also eat banh cuon with boiled heart and heart porridge. When preparing dishes, the chef often chooses the intestines of the newly slaughtered pig to ensure the freshest ingredients. Usually the pig’s intestines will include heart, liver, kidney, young intestine… after being cleaned, boiled until cooked and cut into a plate.
Porridge with rice cake in Binh Dinh is also quite special compared to many places. Porridge here is cooked loosely, when cooked, it will have the milky white color of rice or light yellow of turmeric, not the dark and thick color like when there is more blood. When cooked, the porridge is added with finely chopped scallions and a few stalks of shallot leaves for a more beautiful appearance.
Although there are enough cakes and porridge, but in order for the dish to be rich and make the eaters “remember” forever, the chef must have a secret to making a special sauce with fish sauce. Although it is just a bowl of salty fish sauce, mixed with a few simple ingredients, it still makes the dish more delicious and full of flavor.
Just come to Binh Dinh, stop at a cake shop to ask for porridge, sip a hot porridge, eat with a piece of greasy heart and dip a piece of cake in spicy fish sauce.
Some addresses of delicious porridge cakes in Binh Dinh
Hong Thanh porridge cake – 22 Phan Boi Chau, Le Loi, Qui Nhon, Binh Dinh
Cake asked for the heart of Ms. Nam’s pig – 41 Nguyen Chanh, Qui Nhon, Binh Dinh
Pancakes asking for pork heart Dien Hong – 20 Dien Hong, Qui Nhon, Binh Dinh