Banh cuon in Hanoi

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Banh cuon is a term used to describe rice flour rolls in Vietnam. I was wondering along the streets of Hanoi when I decided to pop into a street stall to try one of their offering. I don’t quite remember where this was as I was just walking along and taking in the culture but it was really good.

Goi Cuon stall

The Northern part of Vietnam (including Hanoi) has a slightly different varient of Banh cuon. It’s a “rolled cake” which contains pork, shrimp herbs and rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper.

Goi Cuon woman

You can see them prepare it fresh right in front of you!

Goi Cuon plate

This version also has a healthy sprinkling of pork floss on top and it’s served with a dipping sauce which has lime, sugar and fish sauce called Nuoc cham.

Goi Cuon preparation

It costs VND 15,000 for a plate (about RM 2.40) for a plate of four rolls and unsweetened iced tea is on the house.

Goi Cuon dip

I love the yin and yang concept of Vietnamese cuisine – they always have raw vegetables and herbs to complement the dish.

Goi Cuon dish

The dipping sauce is something awesome too. I ate it without the dipping sauce first but with the nuoc cham it makes it all the more better. Street food FTW in Vietnam!

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  1. Sorry to be a bit pedantic here, but banh cuon and goi cuon are quite different. Banh cuon is like chee cheong fun with the southern equivalent of banh uot. The northern variety tastes slightly sourish (don’t know why) goi cuon is like popia with a hard popia skin. More confusingly there is also bobia which appears to have a softer filling.

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  2. Third pic – What are those brown stuffs stacking next to the eggs? Looks more like roasted pork skins, but they also look like hand towels on the fifth pic. 🙂

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  3. HB, this something so different I never saw before. It seem simple enough to make I guess. I could get the ingredient at any Asian markets in San Francisco.
    What I like about it is not deep fried or oily. More healthy dish. I do like ice tea black tea with no sugar or lemom also.

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  4. HB, this something so different I never saw before. It seem simple enough to make I guess. I could get the ingredient at any Asian markets in San Francisco.
    What I like about it is not deep fried or oily. More healthy dish. I do like ice tea black tea with no sugar or lemon also.

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  5. HB, this something so different I never saw before. It seem simple enough to make I guess. I could get the ingredient at any Asian markets in San Francisco.
    What I like about it is not deep fried or oily. More healthy dish. I do like ice tea black tea with no sugar or lemon also.

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  6. HB, this something so different I never saw before. It seem simple enough to make I guess. I could get the ingredient at any Asian markets in San Francisco.
    What I like about it is not deep fried or oily. More healthy dish. I do like ice tea black tea with no sugar or lemon also.

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  7. chefmel: Heh! I guess you can call it that. Quite an apt description too. 🙂
    However this one is filled with stuff and sprinkled with pork floss so it beats the plan chee cheong fun over here. =D
    CT: Hey thanks for the correction! You’re right this is Banh cuon! My bad. It was right on the signboard to boot but I was referring to the wrong notes on my phone. :S
    Cheers for that! 🙂
    Yvonne: Haha! The one in the forth pic is edible, the one in the fifth pic is not. 😉
    They slice it up and put it into your bowl, if you like it. 🙂
    It’s a side dish that a lot of the places have. 🙂
    Erica: Yeah, this one is quite healthy considering everything. 🙂
    The pork is pretty good and the dipping sauce is AWESOME!
    Yup, you can try making it on your own, gotta find the rice paper and that’s it. 🙂

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  8. rocket: That’s my ex girlfriend. Heh! I was 24 when she was 29. She’s probably 34 and married right now. 🙂
    Interestingly, I bumped into someone in the pharmaceuticals line a couple of days ago. =D
    Darren: Yup! It’s like filled chee cheong fun. 🙂
    With pork floss!

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  9. Vietnam wasn’t really a place for me to pick for holiday in the bygone days, your few posts about it have actually triggered my interest to spare a weekend as a ‘rich’ tourist there at least for the cause.

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  10. ALEX: Yeah, the currency exchange makes it very confortable on the wallet for Malaysians. It’s a popular choice for countries with higher exchage rates too. 🙂
    Plus, it’s a fun place to be. Hanoi. I haven’t been to HCM.

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  11. eiling: HAHAHA! Yes, that is true and one of the interesting aspects of the culture there.
    Everyone sits on stools. Except for the high end restaurants la, for common stalls, everyone just uses these. 🙂
    foodcrazee: Indeed bro! 🙂

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  12. eiling: HAHAHA! Yes, that is true and one of the interesting aspects of the culture there.
    Everyone sits on stools. Except for the high end restaurants la, for common stalls, everyone just uses these. 🙂
    foodcrazee: Indeed bro! 🙂

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