A dish of homemade bánh cuốn
|Place of origin||Vietnam|
|Region or state||Northern Vietnam|
|Main ingredient(s)||Rice batter, ground pork, wood ear mushroom, shallots|
In Vietnamese cuisine
Bánh cuốn is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce called nước chấm. Sometimes, a drop of cà cuống, which is the essence of a giant water bug, Lethocerus indicus, is added to the nước chấm for extra flavor, although this ingredient is scarce and quite expensive.
The rice sheet in bánh cuốn is extremely thin and delicate. It is made by steaming a slightly fermented rice batter on a cloth which is stretched over a pot of boiling water. It is a light dish, and is generally eaten for breakfast everywhere in Vietnam. A different version of bánh cuốn, called bánh cuốn Thanh Trì and bánh cuốn làng Kênh, may be found in Thanh Trì, a southern district of Hanoi and Kênh village of Nam Định, an ancient village in the centre of Nam Định city.Bánh cuốn Thanh Trì or Bánh cuốn làng Kênh are not rolls, but just rice sheets eaten with chả lụa, fried shallots, or prawns.
In other countries
This type of rice noodle roll is known in Thai cuisine as khao phan (Thai: ข้าวพันผัก; lit. "rice wrap"). It is regarded a speciality of Uttaradit province where it is eaten freshly made in many variations, but also sun-dried. The dried versions often have spices added to them and are popularly used as a wrap for a spicy salad made with rice noodle and minced pork. Khao phan is not easily found in the rest of Thailand.
Bánh cuốn Tây Hồ with shrimp tempura and chả lụa
The batter for khao phan, as the noodle roll is called in Thailand, is spread out over a cloth stretched over a pot of boiling water
A variation of the Thai khao phan with black sesame seeds and served with a spicy dipping sauce called nam chim chaeo
Bánh cuốn sold at a market in California
- Lonely Planet Vietnam (Italian) "bánh cuốn – involtini di carta di riso cotti a vapore, ripieni di carne di maiale tritata e gamberi disidratati;"
- T.H. Yellowdawn: Fermented Foods (2008); p.302-p.304
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