Three signature dishes of Binh Dinh’s coconut region

Banh trang dua, banh trung and banh hong are the delicacy trio of Hoai Nhon, a district famed for coconut merchandise in Binh Dinh.

Coconut has develop into an important a part of folks’s lives in Hoai Nhon District, Binh Dinh. The coconut bushes present meals, shade and defend the realm from the solar and the storms. That is why the folks right here add coconut taste in lots of their dishes.

Banh trang dua (Coconut rice paper)

The principle ingredient for making banh trang dua is flour. Cassava are peeled and pureed right into a floury and watery combination. Then the water is separated from the flour. The ultimate product is combined with clear water in a sure ratio together with another elements to make the rice paper.

Coconut rice paper, in fact, can’t be accomplished with out coconut. The coconut should not be too ripe in order that the pulp is nice, thick and comfortable. The pulp is then combined with thick coconut milk with some spices, scallion, pepper and put into the rice paper combination. The ultimate combination is steamed to make a batch of scrumptious coconut rice paper.

Up to now, coconut rice paper right here was fairly large. However later, for comfort of transportation, the scale has been decreased, although nonetheless larger and thicker than different sorts of rice paper. On the charcoal range, the coconut rice paper puffs up, the purple onion and ripe sesame deliver up a aromatic aroma, combined with the candy coconut scent.

Stacks of coconut rice paper in Hoai Nhon, Binh Dinh. Photo by VnExpress/Viet An

Stacks of coconut rice paper in Hoai Nhon, Binh Dinh. Photograph by VnExpress/Viet An

Banh trung (Black beans and coconut cake)

Simply three or 4 banh trung can fill a abdomen. In comparison with different sorts of muffins, banh trung is much less well-known, partly as a result of it’s harder to maintain contemporary. This can be a kind of cake that’s cooked and served instantly as it will probably simply go stale after a day.

The crust is created from complete wheat flour. The dough is kneaded totally in order that it’s comfortable and doesn’t keep on with the palms. If too moist, the dough will soften, if too dry, it’s going to break. Take just a little piece of dough, stretch it out, add the filling and roll it right into a ball. The filling of banh trung is shredded coconut, black beans, onions, garlic, pepper and spices. Black beans are stewed upfront till comfortable after which combined with the remainder of the elements. Then the cake is delivered to boil or steamed for about 10-Quarter-hour till the crust turns clear.

When completed cooking, the cake is calmly brushed with onion or shallot oil to present it an incredible aroma and forestall sticking.

Banh trung has a skinny, virtually clear crust and is barely chewy. The black bean filling is comfortable and wealthy, with a contact of crunch from the coconut.

A dish of banh trung. Photo by Viet An

A dish of banh trung. Photograph by Viet An

Banh hong (Pink cake)

Talking of delicacies in Hoai Nhon, banh hong is crucial. It’s created from premium glutinous rice flour and shredded coconut. Moist glutinous rice flour is combined with water to create a little bit of chew after which cooked in a pan of sugar water. This stage requires the prepare dinner to stir continuously in order that the dough is cooked evenly. When the dough is cooked, add the coconut that has been soaked within the sugar combination.

The cooked dough is put within the mould after which sprinkled with some roasted tapioca flour to stop sticking.

A giant piece of banh hong is reduce into chunk sizes and served with Vietnamese tea to deliver out the light scent of glutinous rice, the wealthy aroma of coconut, the comfortable and chewy texture and the sophistication of this delicacy.

A batch of banh hong. Photo by Viet An

A batch of banh hong. Photograph by Viet An