Banh beo (literally Water Fern Cake) is one of the most typical food in central Viet Nam. Nothing expresses the culture and tradition of Hoi An better than the Banh Beo! It is also an activity well-loved by families as they often come together to make it during festivals or get-together, making this the happy food of many Vietnamese.
Banh Beo in Hue
Banh beo (water fern cake) is a kind of small steamed rice pancake. The name is to refer from the shape of the cake (like a water fern-Beo in Vietnamese). It is white in color, sometimes nearly transparent and usually has a dimple in the center, which is covered with savory recipes including chopped dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, mung bean paste, crispy fried shallots, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and oil.
Water fern cake is a mixture of rice flour, shrimp paste, fried onion and fish sauce. The fish sauce for water fern cake is salty and quite sweet.
You will be able to try making the Banh Beo (with and without shrimp) on your own throughout all the stages, eventually having a hearty meal together with your host!