Visiting to Hoi An ancient town, tourists can not ignore one of local specialties is that “Banh Bao Vac” (or White Rose Cake).
This is a type of shrimp dumpling made from translucent white dough bunched up to look like a rose. Many people like these cakes not only for their delicious flavor but also for their beautiful appearance. The French gave it the name of “white roses“.
It is basically a dumpling comprising of two small 2-inch diameter rounds of rice paper, with a dime-sized lump of meat filling right in the center. When the rice paper is steamed, the edges get soft and chewy and warp a little, making the dumpling look like a white flower. They are presented about 15 minute on a plate, topped with crunchy bits of toasty garlic and served with a sweet dipping sauce. When prepared well the texture is soft but slightly chewy, sweet from the sauce and crunchy/salty from the toasted garlic, savory from the shrimp meat filling. The translucence of the flour along with the color of the shrimp meat gives it the appearance of a white rose petal.
Tourists can enjoy this kind of cake at restaurants of Palm Garden Beach Resort Hoi An (www.palmgardenresort.com.vn) or going to the town for a more different taste.