Besides a variety of its popular dishes such as Bun Bo Hue, Banh Khoai, Nem Lui, two of street dishes have been roaming every single corner in Hue city which win the heart of the teenagers in Vietnam. They are “Banh Ep” (thin pancake or tapioca pancake) and “Banh Trang Trung” (Vietnamese pizza).
Banh Ep – Thin Pancake
Banh Ep originally comes from my hometown, Thuan An. It’s a 12-kilometre beautiful beach town in the East of Hue. The name of “Banh Ep Thuan An” sticks with it ever since it was invented by the people in my village.
What Makes It Popular and Special?
The dough balls are well-mixed topped with dice of pork. You can also request pate, dried beef, eggs to make your Banh Ep more optional and colorful.
Once guests arrive at their seat to order their preference, the lady will put a nicely-prepared dough ball with topping in a mould and flatten it down until it is completely as thin as paper. “Ep” means “flatten” or “thin”. You know where the name deprive from right?
How to eat?
Banh Ep is rolled with a mountain of herbs, cucumber, green papaya and carrot finished with spicy (or non-spicy) colorful fish sauce.
The slight chewiness from pancake, combined with the crunchiness from mixed vegetables and the fattiness of the pork and eggs, dipped into the flavorful fish sauce would awake your taste buds with sensation. Keep rolling!
There are two kinds of Banh Ep: wet and crispy. Wet version is to eat immediately when it’s hot and crispy and dried one is to bring back home as gift for your friends or to munch on while watching movies at home.
Banh Trang Trung – Vietnamese Pizza
Banh Trang Trung or Vietnamese Pizza is on top of my “Food to Eat in Hue before I Die” too.
Banh Trang Trung is harmonically made of two parts: the ground is crunchy rice paper and the topping includes pate, dried beef, eggs, shallots and chả (Vietnamese shredded balony).
Have a bite of Vietnamese pizza, you will start to experience the crispiness of fried rice paper from outside and the wonderful combination in the inside: a bit of sweet, a bit of salty and little bit spicy.
Where to eat Banh Ep and Banh Trang Trung?
Both Banh Trang Trung and Banh Ep are finger food and they are recommended to eat when it’s still hot. No tourist has rejected these 2 dishes so far.
You can try all these dishes at these address:
- Banh Ep Hoa Giay
Address: 27 Lane 64 Nguyen Cong Tru Street
Opening hour: 15:00 – 22:30
Price: 1,500 VND – 20,000VND
- Banh Ep Quan 20
Address: 20 Nguyen Du Street
Opening hour: 16:00 – 22:00
Price: 2,000 VND – 5,000 VND
- An Vat Chi Nho
Address: 44 Nguyen Du Street
Opening hour: 08:00 – 22:00
Price: 8,000 VND – 25,000 VND
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