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May 21, 2005 03:38 AM

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.


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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.