Street food, as any Southeast Asia traveller knows, is one of the culinary highlights in Vietnam. For anyone who has passion in being a Saigon foody, you will not want to miss out the chance to try mixed rice paper – a very special street food in Vietnam.
Mixed rice paper is one of the well-known Saigon street foods. It is called “Banh trang tron” in Vietnam. This dish attracts kids and people around Vietnam. It is sold on almost every corner of Saigon on some sort of rolling metal cart or sold exclusively by conical hat-donning women carrying weighty baskets over their shoulders.
“Banh trang tron” could be found in every corner of Saigon
The recipe of making mixed rice paper is very unique. “Banh trang” refers to the pieces of rice paper which are the steamed rice batter that has been sun-dried. The base of the dish is “Banh trang”, which are cut into strips and kept as dry as a bone. Next, the seller will add the ingredients that usually include (you can add more ingredients if you like):
- Dried shrimp
- Vietnamese coriander
- Hard boiled quail eggs
- Shredded green mango, jerky
- Squeeze of sour Vietnamese kumquat juice
- Green onions or Fried onions
The vendor combines all the ingredients, mix it up and then serves up a portion in a plastic bag or box with two skewers serving as makeshift chopsticks. Besides, she or he will add to the dish a little bit of fried onions to increase the flavour. Especially, the seller will add a lot or a little bit of chilli paste depends on customers’ tastes. The results are a spicy, tangy mixture with a vast array of textures.When you enjoy mixed rice paper, you can feel the unique taste of Vietnamese coriander combine with the sweet and fragrant of jerky, the crispy of rice paper, and greasy of boiled quail egg.
Combines all the ingredients and mix it up
Lately, mixed rice paper is becoming more and more popular in Vietnam. That leads to the fact that there are many people also add new ingredients to boost the flavour of this dish. For example, they will add butter or jerky sauce to increase the intensity, or they change boiled quail egg to fried quail egg. With such simple and easy-to-find ingredients, it is not hard to make mixed rice paper at home. However, this special dish also attracts the customers by its street flavour.
A rolling metal cart of “Banh trang tron”
Mixed rice paper is a very attractive street food in Saigon.It fascinated a lot of tourists who come here. Moreover, the sellers have their own secret recipes of making mixed rice paper to keep customers come back to them. Mentioning to mixed rice paper, we cannot forget about all of the familiar addresses such as Turtle lake in District 1, 23/9 park in district 1, Ben Thanh market surrounding areas, etc. Besides, Nguyen Thuong Hien is very famous for mixed rice paper. Walking along this street, the mouthwatering smell of mixed rice paper will make everyone cannot ignore it.
Mixed rice paper at Turtle Lake
Since mixed rice paper has become one of the most indispensable dishes in Saigon, this place has turned into a heaven of junk food lovers. There are many famous sellers of mixed rice paper such as “Banh trang tron Chu Vien”, “Banh trang tron co Thao”, or “Banh trang tron Long”, etc. Moreover, mixed rice paper is also sold in some snacks restaurants. It is easy to find this dish in some large department of Vietnam. It’s popular with students as its convenience and reasonable price. The price is usually around 10,000 – 20,000 VND.
There are many things to do in Saigon when you visit Vietnam. How about spending your time here in Vietnam and exploring the street of Saigon searching for delicious Vietnamese traditional food. Especially, try a dish of mixed rice paper to know how amazing and addicted it is. Mixed rice paper is very popular in Vietnam. From South to North, you can find this dish easily. Do not miss any chance to taste it when you visit Vietnam.