There is no denying the fact that Hue is one of the best gastronomic cities of Vietnam. This could be due to city being the center of the Nguyen dynasty for more 143 years. The Imperial City of Hue has hundreds of tempting and flavorful traditional dishes that attracts both domestic and international tourists. Banh Beo is a Hue specialty steamed rice cake that is probably the crowd’s favorite among the long list of mouthwatering local food in Hue. We have written this simple and easy to follow Banh Beo Recipe.
Ingredients for the Batter:
3 cups of rice flour
1 cup of tapioca flour
5 cups of water
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1. Mix the rice flour, tapioca flour and salt first before adding water into it.
2. When the ingredients are properly mixed together, let the batter sit for a couple of hours.
3. Mix the batter once more just before steaming.
4. Add water to the steamer and warm it up.
5. Brush some vegetable oil on the little bowls before putting batter into it.
6. Steam the batter for 5 minutes or depending on the thickness of your batter.
7. Remove the bowls from steamer. Set aside and let it cool.
Ingredients for the Toppings:
1 lb of shrimps
2 onion bulbs (minced)
1. Wash and peel the shrimps.
2. Warm the vegetable oil in a pan. Put the shrimps and cook it on low fire. Once cooked, remove them from the pan and on a paper towel to take away the excess oil.
3. Smash the shrimp flat with a pestle on a slicing board. After which use your hand to shred down the shrimp much more.
4. Put shredded shrimp to a non stick pan (NO oil required) on low to medium fire. Stir the shrimp until it dries up. Place it on a bowl and set aside.
5. Warm up vegetable oil in a pan, add the minced onions until it turns brown. Place it on a bowl.
Ingredients for the Sauce:
1.5 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of vinegar
1/4 fish sauce
2.5 cups of water
5 pcs of lime
3 carrots (Julienne)
8 pcs of chili
1. Make the quick pickled carrot. Marinade the julienne carrots with half cup of sugar and three tablespoon of vinegar. Set it aside.
2. On a separate bowl, add 2.5 cups of boiling water to 1 cup of sugar. Let cool. Add fish sauce, lime, and chili to the sugar water mixture.
Assemble Banh Beo:
1. Place a small amount of scallion oil on top of the steamed rice flour.
2. Add shrimp and onions.
3. Pour sauce and pickled carrots. Serve