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Top Vietnamese Foods Attract Tourists on Saigon Streets

Orange cake
Most of travelers coming to Saigon have felt in love with delicious authentic Vietnamese foods sold at rolling carts or shoulder poles on all the crowded streets. It is said that these Vietnamese foods and street food stalls play an important part in Saigon culture. Let’s visit Saigon and explore all of these amazing traditional Vietnamese foods! Paradise cruises

  1. Bird’s Nest Cake or Banh Tai Yen
Banh tai yen

Banh tai yen- source: internet

Originated in Mekong Delta, Bird’s Nest Cake gained its name from the shape which looks like canary nest. The recipe is really simple. Main ingredients are tapioca flour, rice flour, sugar and coconut cream, all of which are well mixed with water to make the batter. The cook uses a spoon to place the batter into heating oil to make this tender, smelling and light sweet cake. It is best to enjoy Banh tai yen when it is hot.

  1. Grilled Banana Wrapped in Steamed Sticky Rice or chuoi nuong
Grilled Banana Wrapped in Steamed Sticky Rice

Grilled Banana Wrapped in Steamed Sticky Rice- source: internet

Driving along all the crowded streets in Saigon, you can easily be attracted by the amazing smell of chuoi nuong which is grilled on charcoal at food stalls on pavements. This Grilled Banana Wrapped in Steamed Sticky Rice has been really popular in the Mekong Delta area as all the ingredients to make this dish are easy to find in the area. Nowadays, grilled cake is widely sold in Saigon and becomes favorite street food of many Saigonese and tourists alike. Some cooks have brought chuoi nuong to some international gastronomy festivals to introduce it to friends all over the world and make them fall in love with Vietnamese cuisine. To cook Grilled Banana Wrapped in Steamed Sticky Rice, they have to follow some steps. They must steam sticky rice with coconut cream. Then wrapping a peeled banana are the banana leaves and steamed sticky rice. The cook must stand all the time and carefully and skillfully take care of the wrap until the banana leaves become dry and brown and the steamed sticky rice becomes crispy. Before enjoying, you have to remove the leaves. This amazing food is usually eaten with coconut cream sauce. You can get more: Mekong river cruise luxury

Banh tam bi

Banh tam bi

Banh tam bi- source: internet

Banh tam bi is a really familiar dish in the Mekong Delta, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau province. To cook Banh tam, the cook makes dough from tapioca flour, rice flour and salt and makes thick, soft and chewy noodle. This noodle is served with coconut cream sauce, pork skin in roasted rice powder, deep-fried onions and fish dipping sauce.

  1. Cassava Cake or Banh khoai mi
Banh khoai mi

Banh khoai mi- source: internet

This small grilled cake is made from coconut creme, shredded boiled cassava, sugar and salt. Being grilled on charcoal, Cassava Cake has special smell with sweet and greasy taste. What is the better cake than banh khoai mi on raining days?

  1. Pyramid Sticky Rice Flour Cake or Banh u tro
Pyramid Sticky Rice Flour Cake

Pyramid Sticky Rice Flour Cake- source: internet

Pyramid Sticky Rice Flour Cake has pyramid shape which is as big as human hand. The tender and chewy crust is made from sticky rice while the filling usually includes mung bean paste. The sticky rice is soaked in mix of water and ash overnight to make its unique taste. It is one of highlight of this cake. It is also the reason why the crust owns such an attractive transparent brown color. Before being cooked in a big pot for some hours, it is wrapped in bamboo leaves. Not being greasy and very fresh, Banh u tro is such a good choice when the weather is hot.

  1. Orange Cake or banh cam
Orange cake

Orange cake- source: internet

Orange Cake is popularly sold at small local markets and in front of schools in Saigon. Orange cake’s crust is made from sticky rice flour and rice flour. Mung bean paste and sugar are mixed to make the fillings. They deep fry this cake in oil until it turns brown-yellow and becomes really crispy. After that, this cake is entirely covered by light sweet yellow transparent caramel and ready to be served.

  1. Cow Cake with Shredded Coconut Meat or banh bo dua
Banh bo dua food cart

Banh bo dua food cart- source: internet

Wheat flour, baking powder and egg are main ingredients of Cow Cake with Shredded Coconut Meat. The filling is made from mung bean paste, shredded coconut meat and of course, sugar. Right after being grilled, this cake should be crispy but chewy.

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