Bánh Cống Recipe

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Vietnamese fried shrimp cake (Banh Cong) will bring vibrant Vietnamese street cuisine to your home! In this article, I’ll share the story behind this treat, from its humble origins to its current popularity.

You’ll also discover the tools and ingredients needed, step-by-step instructions to prepare Banh Cong at home, and handy tips. Moreover, I’ve included sections about the best accompaniments to serve with this cake and other Vietnamese fried street foods.

So, let’s buckle up for a flavor-packed exploration!

Banh Cong Intro

What Is Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake (Banh Cong)?

Vietnamese fried shrimp cake, or Banh Cong, is a popular street food from the Mekong Delta region in Vietnam. The “Cong” means tube or cylinder, referring to the cake’s cylindrical shape. Its shape results from a special baking mold.

Like many traditional Vietnamese dishes, Banh Cong’s history is not well-documented. But many agree that it comes from Soc Trang Province in the Mekong Delta region, an area full of seafood and rice.

Today, Banh Cong is well-loved in other regions as a breakfast, snack, or light meal. You can easily find street vendors making this fried shrimp cake in Vietnam. It’s delicious and affordable!

Which Tools Do Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake Need?

Vietnamese fried shrimp cake only needs a few tools. In fact, you only have to prepare these main tools:

  • Mixing bowl: For mixing the batter.
  • Deep saucepan: To fry the cakes.
  • Pot: To cook mung beans.
  • Deep spoon: As the mold for fried shrimp cakes.
  • Knife: To separate the cake from the spoon.
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  • Non-stick skillet: To stir-fry the minced meat.
  • Wooden ladle: To pour the batter into the deep spoon.
  • Tongs: To remove the fried cake from the saucepan.
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Which Ingredients Are In Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake?

You may not realize all the ingredients in Vietnamese fried shrimp cake in one bite since the flavor is quite complex. Don’t worry! Below are all ingredients in Banh Cong:

  • Rice flour: For a fragrant flavor.
  • Corn flour or tapioca starch: A component of the batter.
  • Wheat flour: A component of the batter.
  • Soda: To keep the cake crispy for longer.
  • Soy milk: To make the cake crispy.
  • Chicken egg: To make the cake crispy.
  • Turmeric powder: To create a beautiful golden hue.
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  • Shredded taro: For a crunchy texture.
  • Green mung beans: To create a sweet flavor.
  • Minced pork: To add a savory and meaty layer.
  • Medium-sized shrimp: As the topping for the cakes.
  • Spices: Sugar, salt, minced garlic, pepper
  • Cooking oil: Use any cooking oil you like.
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How Can I Make Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake?

Cooking Vietnamese food can be challenging for beginners. But this detailed guide will help you make this Vietnamese fried shrimp cake right from the first time. The process includes 4 main steps: prepare the batter, cook green mung beans, prepare the filling, and fry the cake.

Step 1: Prepare The Batter

Place rice flour, corn flour, wheat flour, an egg, soda, and soy milk into the mixing bowl.

Banh Cong Step 1 Prepare The Batter1

Mix until the flour fully dissolves. Add turmeric powder and stir well.

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Let the batter rest for at least 1 hour. This batter should be thicker than the pancake batter for a firm cake.

Step 2: Cook Green Mung Beans

Cook mung beans with water over medium flame until just done. Don’t overcook them.

Banh Cong Step 2 Cook Mung Beans

Step 3: Prepare The Filling

Heat the cooking oil in your pan, then stir in the minced garlic until fragrant.

Banh Cong Step 3 Prepare Filling1

Next, add minced meat and stir well. Season it with salt, sugar, and pepper, and keep stirring until cooked. Set it aside.

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Step 4: Fry The Cake

Pour a large amount of oil into the pan. Make sure you have enough oil to fully cover the spoon.

When the oil is boiling, dip the spoon in the oil. Leave it there for about 10 minutes.

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When the spoon is hot, remove it from the oil and fill half with the batter. Then, add some mung beans, minced meat, and shredded taro.

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Cover the filling with more batter. Be careful with the batter ratio and filling so the spoon won’t overflow.

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Gently place a shrimp on top and dip the spoon back in the oil. Reduce the temperature to low.

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Fry the cake until evenly golden.

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When the cake is nearly cooked, use a knife to separate it from the spoon. Still, keep the cake in the pan until golden and fully cooked. Then, take it out to drain the oil.

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Do the same with the remaining cakes until all the ingredients are used up.

Step 5: Present The Dish

Serve this fried shrimp cake (Banh Cong) with fresh vegetables and Vietnamese dipping sauce while still hot.

Banh Cong Step 5 Present Dish

Are There Any Tips For Cooking Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake?

Tips for cooking Vietnamese fried shrimp cake typically focus on preparing the batter. Your Banh Cong will turn out delicious if you get an excellent batter.

  • Feel free to add tempura flour or Lion custard powder to the flour mixture. The former makes your cakes crispier, while the latter brings more fragrance.
  • Make sure your cake mixture is thicker than the batter for the pancake so that the cake will be delicious and firm.
  • Adjust the seasonings based on your preferences.
  • If you don’t have soda, replace it with water.
  • The specialized spoon for this fried shrimp cake (Banh Cong) is available at baking utensil stores. But if not, a regular deep soup spoon can work.
  • Use more spoons to make more cakes at the same time, thus saving cooking time.
  • Eat while it’s hot since fried shrimp cakes are tastiest when freshly fried.
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What To Serve With Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake (Banh Cong)?

You always have options to serve with Vietnamese fried shrimp cake (Banh Cong). Let’s take a look at these suggestions below:

Do You Want To Know Other Vietnamese Fried Street Foods?

Vietnamese street cuisine is endless. So I think there are various Vietnamese fried street foods you want to know about:

Are You Ready To Make This Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake (Bánh Cống)?

Vietnamese fried shrimp cake (Banh Cong) is a delightful combination of traditional Vietnamese flavors. The crispy exterior perfectly harmonizes with the tender filling and the subtle hint of seafood, making every bite an unforgettable experience.

So, don’t hesitate to enjoy this unique snack and learn its story of Vietnam. If Banh Cong has caught your interest, please share your thoughts in the comment below. Then, hit the like button and introduce this article to others.

Banh Cong Recipe

Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake (Bánh Cống)

Vietnamese fried shrimp cake (Banh Cong) epitomizes Vietnamese magical cuisine. Get ready to explore how to make it with this engaging, easy-to-follow guide!
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Course: Snack, Street food
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 10
Calories: 309kcal

Ingredients

  • Cook oil

For the batter:

  • 14.11 ounces (400 grams) of rice flour
  • 2.65 ounces (75 grams) of corn flour or tapioca starch
  • 2.65 ounces (75 grams) of wheat flour
  • 6.76 ounces (200ml) soda
  • 8.45 ounces (250ml) soy milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

For the fillings:

  • 3.53 ounces (100 grams) of green mung beans
  • 3.53 ounces (100 grams) of minced pork
  • 3.53 ounces (100 grams) of shredded taro
  • 0.66 pounds (300 grams) of medium-sized shrimps (about 10 shrimps)

Spices:

  • 1.5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Serving:

  • Vietnamese dipping sauce Nước Chấm
  • Pickles
  • Green vegetables: lettuce fish mint, Thai basil, beefsteak plant, peppermint

Instructions 

  • Mix 3 kinds of flour with soda, soy milk, and egg until the flour is fully dissolved.
    Banh Cong Step 1 Prepare The Batter1
  • Stir in turmeric powder until well mixed. Then, let the batter rest for at least 1 hour.
    Banh Cong Step 1 Prepare The Batter2
  • Meanwhile, cook mung beans with water for 20 minutes at medium temperatures.
    Banh Cong Step 2 Cook Mung Beans
  • Stir minced garlic with cooking oil in a pan until fragrant.
    Banh Cong Step 3 Prepare Filling1
  • Add minced meat and stir well. Season it with sugar, salt, and pepper. Saute until cooked and leave it aside.
    Banh Cong Step 3 Prepare Filling2
  • Pour a large amount of oil into the pan, enough to fully cover your deep spoon.
  • When the oil boils, dip the spoon in the oil and let it stay for 10 minutes.
    Banh Cong Step 4 Fry Cake1
  • Afterward, take the spoon out and pour the batter into it until half filled.
  • Add the right amount of mung beans, minced meat, and shredded taro.
    Banh Cong Step 4 Fry Cake2
  • Cover the filling with more batter.
    Banh Cong Step 4 Fry Cake3
  • Gently put a shrimp on top and place the spoon back into the oil. Reduce the flame to low.
    Banh Cong Step 4 Fry Cake4
  • Fry the cake for 5 – 7 minutes until golden.
    Banh Cong Step 4 Fry Cake5
  • When the cake is nearly done, separate it from the spoon with a knife. Then, keep frying the cake until fully cooked.
    Banh Cong Step 4 Fry Cake6
  • Take it out to drain the oil.
  • Repeat the steps until you run out of ingredients.
  • Serve these fried shrimp cakes with your favorite accompaniments.
    Banh Cong Step 5 Present Dish

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Notes

  • The total time above is based on 10 servings.
  • You can add tempura flour or Lion custard powder to the batter to increase the crispiness and fragrance.
  • The batter should be thicker than the pancake batter for the best texture.
  • You can replace soda with water.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices to suit your palates.
  • While the specialized spoon for Banh Cong may be available at baking utensil stores, you can use a deep soup spoon instead.
  • Use more spoons to make several cakes at once.
  • Fried shrimp cake (Banh Cong) is tastiest when hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg
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