Sandwich Shop Goodies 21 – Bánh dầy đậu (Vietnamese mung bean mochi)


    Legend said the first ever bánh dầy (pronounced |beng yay|) was a flat thick bun of cooked-and-pounded sticky rice, white and chewy and not recommended for dentures. The prince, taught by a Bodhisattva in his dream, made it to represent the sky, and bánh chưng to represent the earth. I don’t think the sky is chewy, but I really like it when it’s white. I also like banh day with silk sausage a lot. But somewhere along the history of Vietnam, somebody gave banh day a mung bean filling, softened the dough (which means more pounding for the sticky rice), rolled it into the size of a pingpong ball, and coated it with mung bean powder. I can NEVER get enough of this thing.

    $2 for 3. Found at: Alpha Bakery & Deli (inside Hong Kong City Mall)
    11209 Bellaire Blvd # C-02
    Houston, TX 77072-2548
    (281) 988-5222

    Unfortunately, I love them so much that the store-bought version just doesn’t do it for me. With Little Mom’s help, a batch has been made. A recipe is on the way. (UPDATE: the recipe is here.)

    Previously on Sandwich Shop Goodiescudweed sticky rice (xôi khúc)

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