THE RECIPE
Hanoi, Vietnam

Oanh’s bánh trôi recipe

Recipe for 4 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 300 grams of glutinous rice flour  (Bột nếp)
  • Water
  • A clean kitchen towel or a clean piece of cloth at least 60cmx60cm
  • Brown palm sugar cubes (if you can’t get them, brown cane sugar cubes will also work)
  • Roasted sesame seeds

Preparation

Step 1
Put 300 grams of flour in a bowl. Now slowly add the water while stirring and knead everything vigorously. Depending on the type of rice flour used, the absorbency varies. For this reason, you may need to add or omit some more water. The result must be a smooth dough that does not wet. If the dough weeps, it is not a problem. You can then put it in a towel as described by Oanh in the movie and hang it up so that the water can drip off. You can also actively squeeze the water out with a towel. Follow your feeling. It is important that the dough is kneaded for a long time.

 

Step 2
Let the dough rest for 30 minutes before further processing. During this time, prepare a bowl of cold water.

 

Step 3
After resting, shape the dough into small balls about one centimeter in diameter. Press them smooth and place the small sugar cube in the center. Now wrap the sugar with the dough. Let the rolled rice balls stand for another 10 minutes, they will dry a little.

 

Step 4 
In a pan, put as much water as you need to cover the balls and put it on medium heat. Once the water boils, put the rice balls in it. Use a wooden spoon to make sure that the balls do not stick to the bottom of the pan or to each other. There should only be one layer in the pan, so that each ball really floats.

 

Step 5
Once the balls rise to the top, you can remove them with a ladle. To prevent them from sticking together, you should immediately place the balls in cold water. Then arrange bánh trôi on a plate and sprinkle with white toasted sesame seeds. Traditionally, bánh trôi is served cold, so it is also a good dish to prepare ahead.

 

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