There are many kinds of cakes that are made here in Vietnam. These 5 cakes are amongst the most popular, but are by no means the only ones. These cakes are largely used on special occasions like weddings and on Holidays like Tet, but they can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Because of their ties to holidays and special occasions they are often thought of fondly and enjoyed roundly by most Vietnamese.
Bánh cốm – Hà Nội
Hang Than Street in Hanoi is well-known for Banh com (green rice flake cakes). It is a delicious rice cake that is always use as offerings during wedding ceremonies and ancestor-worshipping days, and it’s also one specialty that most visitor’s to Hanoi love to buy for their friends and relatives as a present. To make the stuffing, submerge green beans in water and flay them before steaming. The green bean paste is blended with a dash of sugar, grapefruit flower attar, sugar coated lotus seeds and coconut. The stuffing is divided into small rolls that are covered by fried green rice flakes. This cake is always served cold, and is often served with tea. It is one of the more popular cakes found in Vietnam. It’s green in color and very sweet. It has a gelatinous texture, and is very tasty.
Bánh cáy – Thái Bình
Hot cake – Banh cay: “Hot cake” is made in Nguyen village, Dong Hung district, Red river delta Thai Binh province. It is made of sticky rice, sugar, sesame, gardenia, mandarin orange peel and lard. The cake is then put into a square pan so that it looks like a sesame bar when it is served. The sesame is thought to resemble the eggs of a crab that is commonly found in the North Of Vietnam, and so that the name comes from that crab.
It is very sweet and a bit chewy, and is a popular dish to eat around the Tet Holidays, it’s usually served with tea.
Khô Mè – Đà Nẵng
“Kho me” cake is a speciality made in Quang Nam Province and Da Nang, and Cam Le village has the best reputation in Viet Nam when it comes to making Kho Me cakes. The village is home to 6 cake production facilities which create job opportunities for over 50 local people. Amongst local cake producers, the brand name ‘Mrs Lieu’ is the most famous in both domestic and foreign markets. Kho me cakes are made from glutinous flour, rice flour, granulated sugar, ginger, and sesame seeds. The rice flour is mixed with the glutinous flour, then poured into a mould to be steamed and then dried. Next, the cakes are coated in sugar or sesame. They are served in squares and are crunchy like a cookie. They are very sweet and delicious and are popular all over the world, not just Vietnam.
Bánh đậu xanh – Hải Dương
“Green bean cake” or mung cake, as it’s sometimes called, or Banh Dau Xanh Hai Duong is a sweet rectangular cake and it’s made of green bean, sugar, fat and grapefruit oil. It has a sweetly attractive smell when you open the box and a very tasty flavor when eating. This specialty cake has been selected as one of the top specialty gifts of Asia. It’s famous throughout Asia, not just in Vietnam.
Bánh Pía – Sóc Trăng
Pia cake – banh pia with it’s sweet taste and pure scent of durian is a specialty in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang. The cake has an excellent combination of many ingredients including pliable layers of green peas (or taro), pork fat and the yolk of salted duck eggs, and of course durian. It’s a gelatinous cake with a filling that often consists of pork, or duck egg, or sometimes jelly. It’s wrapped in an outer paper, and is a favorite in South Vietnam, especially around the Mekong. Pia cake should be served with tea. That is the best way to enjoy pia cake.
So if you want to try some tasty speciality cakes then you can easily find most of these cakes in any grocery store as they are all very popular in Vietnam, and are often used on Holidays or for special occasions.