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My guide to Vietnamese Banh (small cakes)

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Sometime ago I made a guide of sorts to Vietnamese banh, which translates to 'cake' but here I'm using it as a loose term for small cakes, often steamed, & other small eats and treats. I brought it to a Chowdown to give to others and promised to make it available but never got the energy to put it on a website until now. I've just updated it as well. The link is below.

For each banh, I have the Vietnamese name and literal translation if I know it, a rough pronunciation if needed, a description, and a picture.

This is very much a draft in progress and it's to the best of my knowledge, but there may be mistakes. There are some banh that are clearly from other cuisines, but I included them in case you ever run into their Vietnamese name. Anyway I hope you enjoy it or find it useful. I may not leave it up forever, so feel free to download it if you wish. Also I have the MSWord version so if you prefer that, send me an email.

Link: http://dina-n-brian.com/Alice/Banhgui...

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  1. That's a great guide. It's an easy cut-and-paste into Word. Soon it'll get tucked into the food file in my car.

    Thanks very much.

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    1. re: TpmTom

      Funny, I keep a food file in my car too.

      Never know when you'll need some good chow.

      The Bahn guide is awesome.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        I think that keeping notes in the car is required to be a chowhound. I have posts, menus, chowguide and notes in my car. I have been told that if some hounds find my car the files will be history to me.

    2. Thanks so much, Alice! This is immensely helpful (and very hunger-inducing)! That banh chung on the right looks just like my mom's, and I'm also intensely craving banh cuon now. Where did you get the photos from--the web? Have you ever had banh nam before? Sounds and looks great. Thanks again!

      1. That is wonderful, what a great guide - thanks so much for taking the time to put that together and posting. I just sent it to my mom and said she has to make me her Banh cuon now!

        1. Looks good! Thanks!

          1. Thanks for a great guide. Now I will not have to buy one of each to see if I like it.

            1. Thanks, Alice!

              The Viet chowdown where we tried many of these bahn was one of my favorites.

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                And here's a link to that report, so you can see descriptions of what they taste like and, where to get them in the San Jose area.

                Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              2. at the risk of sounding silly: where's the banh mi?

                1. Another enthusiastic thank you Alice.

                  Great to not only have a list of these snacks with descriptions, but pictures and how to pronouce the dishes as well. There's nothing like this on the web.

                  The print out is sitting in my Chowhound guide in the car. I like the picture part, because I can always use the picture to identify what I'm eating.

                  Although we know they are overworked as it is, it would be really great if this was put in the special articles and reports section on the Chowhound website ... hint, hint.

                  Link: http://www.chowhound.com/chowbooks/in...

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                    RWCFoodie (Karen)

                    Alice, add my enthusiastic thanks to the growing list. I especially appreciate the pronunciation tips! This is a great addition to my Vietnamese food file and I'll try to not lose it this time...

                    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Really appreciate your effort and generosity in sharing this information. The pronounciation guide is a brilliant idea - hopefully I'll get fewer blank stares now when I try to order the banh and not have to resort to pointing.

                      1. Great site. Does anyone know where I can get Banh Chung in the Chicago area? Or does anyone ship it?