Aunty Five’s Rice Cake with Egg and Soy

Bánh Bột Chiên Mợ Năm

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4-6

    as a Snack
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Songs of Sapa

By Luke Nguyen

Published 2009

  • About

IT’S 6 P.M., I’M HUNGRY AND I JUST NEED A LITTLE SNACK BEFORE DINNER. I APPROACH A STREET VENDOR STANDING IN FRONT OF A BLACKENED ROUND HOTPLATE. I TAKE A STOOL AND HE PREPARES ME A SMALL SERVE – IT IS CRISP BUT CHEWY, SOFT AND TASTY, AND REMINDS ME OF AUNTY FIVE’S RICE CAKES. HE TELLS ME THE BATTER IS JUST TAPIOCA FLOUR AND WATER, BUT THIS IS THE KIND OF RECIPE THAT FAMILIES LIKE TO KEEP SECRET, SO I CALLED AUNTY FIVE AND ASKED HER.

WHEAT STARCH IS WHEAT FLOUR WITHOUT THE PROTEIN,