Banh Khoai is a special Hue pancake from Hue made from rice flour batter and deep fry. Banh Khoai is different from Banh Xeo that many people still have a mistake about these two is one.
Banh Khoai is a very famous Hue specialty food that everyone come to Hue should try. Banh Khoai is smaller and thicker compare to Bannh xeo. The batter of Banh Khoai includes rice flour, water and tumeric but in Banh xeo people add egg and sspring onion. Banh Khoai is deep fried and served with Hue peanut dipping sauce that has pork liver in it. Banh Khoai has shrimp, egg, pork meat or pork sausage, carrot, bean sprout, spring onion. So it might looks similar to Banh xeo.
Banh Khoai is crispy and a bit greasy therefore serve Banh Khoai always salad come together. For the salad normally have green fig, green mango, star fruit, lettuce, cucumber and pickle papaya-carrot. But some time the salad would be other vegetable and not always enough all of those above depend on season.
The very important to get best serving of Banh Khoai is the dipping sauce. This peanut sauce includes peanut, sesame, pork liver, peanut butter cook in a while for full flavor. So if you have Banh Khoai without the peanut dipping sauce, that would not be the right way.
Furthermore, the name” Khoái” is about happiness or joy that why when cook this pancake people fold it half. Therefore the pancake is looks like a happy smilling face, this is the way Royal chef creative to pleasure the King Nguyen
Not enough word to explain about the food till you try it and see. And expecially if you can cook it for your self and family or friends. You can join a cooking class in Hue to learn how to cook. You can also learn online by contact us to ask for convenience way to learn
And someone might want to try Banh Khoai in Hue yourself. So where will be the right place to have it best
Where to eat Banh Khoai in Hue ?
1- Hong Mai restaurant on Dinh Tien Hoang street near Citadel will be the best choice for not touristic
2- Lac Thien restaurant on Dinh Tien Hoang street near Thuong Tu Gate (the famous pancake made by deaf man’s family ). This is also the must if you want to learn more about the history of Banah Khoai
3- Hanh Restaurant is also not to bad for a try because it is located in center on Pho Duc Chinh st. That why its very busy and full with tourist
So the tip above for those love Hue food and want to see the real Hue local cuisine. To get more useful tips you can free contact us and we are very passionate to help
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