It’s just a cake made from rice flour, but each region has a different variation of castor cake, both sweet and savory, very interesting!
Castor cake is a traditional gift that almost every region of the country has. It is called Banh Dieu, but in each region, it has its own way of processing and different ways of eating. Just by looking at this list of different types of cakes divided by region, you can see that Vietnamese cuisine is so diverse, familiar with available ingredients, regional characteristics, and delicate. how creative. Let’s take a look at the types of cakes that are present on the culinary map of Vietnam!
1. Peanut cake
Peanut cake is a popular cake in the North of Vietnam, especially the province in the Northern Delta. This rustic dish only has rice flour mixed with clear lime water and then put in a thick pot and stir continuously over low heat until the dough is sticky, then add a few boiled and peeled peanuts.
After the dough is cooked and cooled, the mothers who pour it quickly must pour the cake onto a flat tray lined with fresh banana leaves, wait for it to cool completely, then cut it. Peanut cake must definitely be dipped with soy sauce to be full of flavor. Smooth, flexible cake mixed with the fatty taste of peanuts along with the rich flavor of cork sauce is extremely attractive. The old people used to eat peanut cake in the summer to keep it “cool”.
2. Hot cakes
Different from peanut cakes eaten cold, hot cakes must be eaten hot to be delicious. Just with the ingredients of rice flour, water and a little cooking oil, stir until the dough is cooked, then scoop it out into a bowl, but instead of dipping sauce, hot cakes are served with stir-fried meat and mixed fish sauce.
Specifically, on top of the bowl of hot cakes, there will be a little more minced meat that will be fried with wood ear, shiitake mushrooms and then warm sweet and sour fish sauce. Finally, there will be some fried onions and some herbs. This dish is very suitable to enjoy in the cold weather of the North.
3. Ship casters
Referring to this cake, everyone will immediately think of Hai Phong because this is considered the hometown of this dish. The castor cake originated from the Chinese people. A bowl of steamed rice cake consists of chopped buns and then added bacon and fried shrimp, sprinkled with a little diced papaya, which is prepared very skillfully with a beautiful cashew color and creates a unique flavor for the dish. a little bit of finely chopped wood ear. After that will be added chili vinegar fish sauce, depending on the preferences of each person, you can add more or less chili.
4. Corn cakes
Corn cake is a familiar dish in Lao Cai, often sold at upland fairs. The cake is made from corn. The harvested corn is finely ground and then soaked in water mixed with clear lime water. The average soaking time is 2 days and 2 nights, then a smooth amount of cornstarch is obtained and then cooked until cooked like a normal peanut cake. The cake is usually brined with a little sour water and seasoned vegetables. Sour water is homemade from a typical fermented vinegar.
5. Mannequin cake
Mannequin cake is considered a summer cooling dish, often sold at sidewalk shops in Hanoi. It’s just the cold molded cake without peanuts, then poured over the broth, the water is made from sesame peanuts to create a rich and rich flavor. Depending on the store with or without bean sprouts included. When eating, diners will eat with fresh, crispy vegetables. This dish is perfect to enjoy on hot summer days.
6. Crab cake
This used to be a familiar gift of the people of the North, but now there are not many places for sale. This dish consists of unfilled cakes that are sliced and then filled with hot crab sauce. The soul of the crab cake is the crab cake that is just right and has many bricks that reflect the red color of fried tomatoes. Eating crab cakes will be served with cilantro, chopped water spinach, mixed with bananas and thinly sliced young banana stalks, in addition, you will need a little bit of basil, marjoram, a few tops of coriander leaves. Perilla.
7. Mussel cake
Mussel cake is a specialty dish of Nghe. In the past, Nghe An people used red bean rice to cook castor cake. Now that type of rice is replaced by other types of rice, but the process of turning rice into a cake still requires a lot of meticulousness. It has to be stirred continuously with a pair of chopsticks both firmly and for a long time. After the cake is cooked, it will be poured into a bamboo basket lined with fresh banana leaves, wait for it to cool, and then cut it into a trouser shape.
Mussels are usually mussels caught from the Lam River. Boil the mussels, keep the water separate, the mussel intestines bring the onion fat to hunt and absorb the spices. When eating, put the molded cake in a bowl, add a little bit of broken water, a little bit of scallions, finely chopped Chinese flavor, pounded roasted peanuts, stir-fried mussels, and then sprinkle a little more oil and raw vegetables. Some people mix it up, but there are also people who will add some mussel broth and then enjoy it.
8. Pineapple leaf cake
This is a typical sweet cake of the South with the soft and greasy dough of coconut milk combined with the fragrant smell of pandan leaves. The cake is green because it is mixed with pandan leaf juice during the cooking process. Pineapple leaf cake will be served with coconut milk cooked with a little tapioca starch and sugar water cooked for candy and sprinkled with a little fragrant roasted peanuts on top.
9. Salty cake
Salted cake is a specialty dish of Westerners. The dough is fragrant thanks to the coconut milk and the salty taste of the shrimp meat served. A part of salty cake will include sliced banh mi on top sprinkled with a layer of roasted shrimp and meat, and finally sprinkled with onion fat and sweet and sour fish sauce. This dish will be served with raw vegetables and thinly sliced cucumber.
10. Seasoned fish sauce cake
The seasoned fish sauce cake is white, the more spicy it is, the more delicious it is when eaten with chili sauce. The soft and supple molded cake, blended with the delicious and rich flavor of the seasoning sauce, is extremely wonderful. This cake is popular in the central provinces, especially in Hue, you can find it in all markets.
In addition, in Quang country, there are brown rice cakes also served with seasoning sauce.
11. Duck meat pies
Dai An Khe village, Hai Thuong commune, Hai Lang district, Quang Tri is famous for moon cake but there is another very special dish that is duck meat cake, also known as condensed porridge. , from a very long time ago. Banh Mi is cooked from rice grains with broth from duck bones. Must cook on low heat until the rice is soft, then add peanuts. When the pot of cake boils, rice and peanuts are cooked, add minced duck meat and mix well. When the cake is cooked, pour it into a tray lined with fresh banana leaves, sprinkle with chopped spices on top, add a layer of clean banana leaves on top, then gently press to make the cake surface tight and firm, then leave the cake in a ventilated place to cool.