When it comes to Hue cuisine, many people think of Bun Bo Hue, Banh Xeo, or Banh Loc… However, the name Banh Ram It (Fried Sticky Rice Dumplings) may still be unfamiliar to many diners. This fried sticky rice dumplings is a Central Vietnamese speciality. Banh Ram It is a traditional cake that was once served in the Imperial City of Hue and is one of the Nguyen rulers’ favorite foods. Hue residents have made this royal fried sticky rice dumpling a specialty in recent years.
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BANH RAM IT – THE SPECIAL DUMPLING OF HUE
The dish’s name comes from the fact that it combines two separate components: a steamed sticky rice dumpling (Banh It) on top and a fried sticky rice pancake (Banh Ram) on the bottom. Initially, Banh Ram and Banh It were supposed to be incompatible, but with the help of skilled Hue artisans, it is now a viable option. This novel and delicious combination of stickiness and crunchiness will delight you. Banh Ram It has become a well-known dish in every part of Viet Nam.
This special dumpling of Hue takes a long time to prepare and requires a skilled cook. To begin, combine glutinous rice flour, water, and a pinch of salt to make a smooth dough. After that, split it in half.
For the pancakes: Shape the dough into 8gr flat round pieces. Then, in a frying pan over medium heat, cook until golden on all sides, then remove the pancake from the pan and drain.
For the dumplings: Shape the dough into round shapes. Fill the crust with the filling and then roll it out. There are a variety of fillings for these dumplings depending on what individuals wish to do with them, but the following are the most common: Mung bean or shrimp – pork. Steam until the crust is cooked but not opaque.
To make a dipping sauce, artists need to combine shrimp broth with excellent fish sauce, sugar, garlic, and minced chilli, as well as a little lemon or vinegar, and stir well. The sauce should be medium in consistency, with a salty and slightly sweet flavor. Make sure that dried shrimp has been minced into a cup of sweet and fragrant sauce if you want it to be richer.
The combination of the crispy and fatty taste of “Banh Ram” with the malleable characteristic of fills and sticky rice of “Banh It”, as well as the spicy sweetness of fish sauce, is the most appealing aspect of Banh Ram It . Despite the fact that they are fashioned of rustic materials, each dumpling reflects the craftsmen’ love for their work and the country’s cultural character. Only the best quality materials are utilized in the construction of this cake.
Hue people typically eat this dish for breakfast or afternoon snacks rather than as a main meals. At a small eatery, a tray of five Banh Ram It costs around 20.000 VND, while rates at more upscale restaurants and hotels are higher.
- Hanh Restaurant, 11 Pho Duc Chinh Street, Hue City.
- Ba Do, 8 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Phu Hiep Ward, Hue City
- Chi Restaurant, 52 Le Viet Luong Street, Xuan Phu Ward, Hue City