Hanoi fried pillow shaped cake
Fried pillow shaped cake (so-called Bánh Gối) is one of famous traditional Hanoi food, which has been passed down from generations. If you are a visitor to Hanoi, walking along Hanoi Old Quarter you certainly never miss the chance to enjoy the taste of fried pillow shaped cake (called Bánh Gối). Most visitors told us that they are all allured by its pretty baby pillow shape and colorful sauce at the first sight.
Like most cakes in Vietnam, Banh Goi is not baked but deep fried to creat a charming yellow pastry skin, scrispy and fragrant. Firstly, water and rice flour are mixed to perfect ratio, making soft and moist dough.
Next, glass noodle, wood ears, kohlrabi and mushroom, all tendered and finely chooped, are blended with minced pork and seasonings, this is an easy recipe for a flavor filling.
It is more interesting with the design task: add the filling in the middle stick the adages together to make the pillow pattern. Finally, drop the puffs into heated oil until their skins turn golden and crispy. Not less important is making dippimg sauce with fine proportion of garlic, chili, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce and water. The sweet salty cake is also served with some fresh herbs such as lettuce, coriander to reduce its oily taste and raise guests’ appetite.
In Hanoi, No. 52, Lý Quốc Sư street, next to St Joseph’s cathedral is the famous place for fried pillow shaped cake.