Banh Gio in Hanoi

banh gio stall

Banh Gio is one of the most amazing epicurean (here’s that word again) discoveries I’ve found in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’ve always been puzzled by the large group of people huddled around this middle aged woman in the Old Quarter and decided to just pull up a chair one day and do it as the locals do.

bahn gio

Banh Gio is basically glutenous rice with a filling of mung beans and pork wrapped in banana leafs into a pyramid shape.

bahn gio vietnam

However, that is not what makes it good. Banh Gio is served piping hot and the glutenous rice is so glutenous I’ll equate it to jelly.

bahn gio source

It’s melt in your mouth goodness!

bahn gio chilli

I was sitting there when the woman beside me gestured for me to pour some chilli sauce into my banh gio. This is a totally unbiased review since I was so full I wanted to puke. I’ve had too much to eat but the crowded stall just pulled me in to see what the locals eat.

bahn gio people

You can opt for various side cuts (also wrapped inside banana leafs) in your banh gio. The texture and and taste it like nothing else! You can literally scoop the banh gio and slurp it down – that’s how soft the glutenous rice is.

banh gio tea

Best enjoyed with…their local iced tea. Bet you thought I was gonna say something else. :p

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132 thoughts on “Banh Gio in Hanoi”

  1. HB, that is rice flour joong. In northern China some part have this type of joong but not in San Francisco. I have a cookbook with that recipe.

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  2. chrisblitz: Yeah, it looks a bit like that but the texture is totally different! It’s AMAZING! It’s like eating piping hot pudding, that’s how soft it is! 🙂
    Vickie: Interesting! Yeah, I think there would be some influences considering the proximity between Hanoi and China. 🙂
    Michelle Chin: It’s not, it’s the unsweetened tea that the locals drink in the Old Quarter. 🙂
    Hanoi people seem to drink more tea vs coffee when compared to the southern parts. 🙂
    Joshua: Yup! Bak chang is banh chung in Vietnam but it’s usually only available during their New Year. 🙂
    This is a totally different kind – piping hot and so soft it’s like pudding. The very soft kinda pudding that melts in your mouth. 🙂
    rocket: HAHA! I agree with you on the pork part. 😉
    However, pork and mung bean tastes surprisingly good together.
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  3. Sharon: Lotus tea eh? Thanks for the clarification! It’s unsweetened though. 🙂
    rocket: That means pork + pork + pork + pork would be even better! 😉
    Actually my favorite pork dish is braised pork belly or leg. Mmm….
    foodcrazee: Lotus tea! Thanks for the clarification bro! 🙂

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  4. pork patty + bacon + smoked hock + pulled pork sauce = fking good meal
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  5. Colin: Yeah and it also has mung beans in it surprisingly! 🙂
    KY: Nope, bak chang is a completely different thing – they call it banh chung and it’s made with glutenous rice too.
    However, bahn gio (this one) is made with rice so glutenious you can’t even see the grains!
    It’s like custard in texture. 🙂
    sim: Yeah, actually the place I was staying at also recommended that bun cha place – it’s where the locals go to eat, so I guess it’s big over there. 🙂
    rocket: HAHAHA! What parameters did you put in dude? Why is yours so high? 🙂

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