Do you remember how many Danang dishes I have introduced that involve using banh trang (rice paper/rice cracker)? Ok let's make a quick review:
- Rice cracker used as topping for mi Quang
|Bánh tráng ruốc - Grilled banh trang with salted shrimp paste|
|Bánh tráng cuộn - Grilled banh trang filled with beef jerky and coated with lemongrass|
|Bánh tráng patê|
Then the next one called bánh tráng patê khô, literally dried banh trang with pate, has the same ingredients as the previous one, but instead of wrapping everything up inside, the seller'd grill them flat. To be honest, I didn't quite like this one as there were too much fried shallot.
|Bánh tráng patê khô|
Next, we have bánh tráng trộn or banh trang salad. This is a very interesting concept to me because normally banh trang is just used as topping for salad, here it is the main ingredient of the salad itself. In fact I just tried it this afternoon for the first time. Much better than my expectation, I must say. The lady mixed thin and long strips of banh trang with a special sauce made from beef jerky called tương bò khô, rau răm (Vietnamese mint), chả, pork liver, boiled quail egg and roasted peanuts. The sauce softened banh trang strips and combined with other ingredients, the dish tasted interestingly good.
|Bánh tráng trộn|
As these banh trang are just cheap snacks for students, the shops are often small pavement vendors, and of course, don't expect that food are cooked in the most hygienic environment. One of the few shops that sells awesome banh trang and importantly don't give me stomachache is at 357/6 Phan Chu Trinh (opposite Duc Tri kindergarten). They offer proper seating and a cute cook!
Video took at this shop:
For bánh tráng trộn, you will have to go to Ha Thi Than street (opposite 35 Ha Thi Than - at the back of Le Quy Don high school). This is a pavement vendor but looks quite clean.
The list goes on: this entry is named "Viet creativity with banh trang" for a reason! If you want me to write more about other types of these banh trang snacks, leave a request in the comment box below. For now, hope you enjoy a part of food culture of Danang youngsters!
|Bánh tráng trứng - With quail eggs and spring onion|
- 357/6 Phan Chu Trinh (opposite Duc Tri kindergarten)
- K11/5A Lê Đại Hành (Go into the little alley at 258 Phan Chu Trinh, turn right at the first intersection, the shop is right on the left side)
- 64 Thái Phiên (recommended)
- Bánh tráng trộn: opposite 35 Ha Thi Than (at the back of Le Quy Don high school)
How much: 7-10,000VND/dish