Banh Cuon - Rice Steamed Rolls
Banh cuon is made of rice flour. Thoroughly
selected rice is soaked overnight, then
ground with a stone mortar. Food
preservatives are put into the flour to make
the rice sheets softer and smoother. A
screen of cloth used to mold the rice sheets
is fitted over the opening of a pot of
boiling water. Flour is spread on the screen
and covered with a lid. After a few minutes,
a bamboo stick is used to strip the thin
layer of flour off the screen. Then it is
rolled up and sprinkled with fried onions.
A small village in a suburb of Hanoi is famous for its banh cuon. People there serve it with a dressing comprised of lean meat, shrimps, mushrooms, dried onions, fish sauce, and pepper.
All the ingredients are stir-fried and rolled into a banh cuon.
Banh cuon is delicious when it is very thin, white, and sticky. It is even tastier when dipped in a sweet, sour, and spicy sauce.