Fried Rice Flour Cake (Bot Chien)

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Can you believe that I had my first Vietnamese Pan Fried Rice Cake(Bot Chien) only three years ago(2018)? I was grabbing art supplies while working for a wedding company in Vietnam. The art store was next to a college, và I would always see flocks of students huddling around these street food carts with their heads down. So I walked over there và gave my curiosity a try.

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What is Bot Chien

Bot Chien, translated means fried flour. The texture is soft on the inside & crispy on the outside. It’s covered in shredded daikons and carrots. It comes with a sweet vinegar soy sauce that you can pour over or dip. And all the small rice cakes are covered in eggs và green onions. Most places will ask you if you want one or two eggs. I always get two.


Instruction On Pan Fried Rice Cake

Removing The Rice Flour Taste:Unless you are making your rice flour, you need to remove some of the rice taste/smell.Add 400g of rice flour and 400mL of water into a pitcher. Stir the set well & let the water settle. With an erasable marker, make an indication of where the water line is. địa chỉ another 400mL of water into the pitcher và stir well again. Let the mix sit for at least an hour. You will see that the water and rice set will separate over time. After an hour, you can pour as much water out without removing the rice flour. Fill the pitch back up with new water back to the water line and mix well.

Making The Rice CakesPour the pitcher of phối into a saucepan and địa chỉ two tsp of tapioca starch, 1 tsp of oil, & 1 tsp of chicken bouillon powder. Stir well. Place the saucepan onto the stove and start the fire at low-medium heat. Keep stirring the pan as it heats up. You’ll notice that the rice cake will begin lớn take shape on your spatula or mixing instrument. The rice cake will start looking like mashed potatoes. Once it gets khổng lồ a moldable state you can transfer it into a Tupperware.

Place the Tupperware into a steamer for one hour và let rest. After the cake has rested you can thử nghiệm it by piercing it with a toothpick. You’ll know the cake is done if the toothpick comes out dry. Remove the cake from the Tupperware and cut into small bite-size cubes. Showroom 2 tsp of dark soy sauce and coat the cubes.

Pan Frying The Rice Cakes.

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In a pan, showroom 1 tsp of oil và turn khổng lồ med-high heat. Once the pan is hot, showroom rice cakes into the pan và pan-fry for about 3-5 minutes, or until brown. Flip the rice cakes over và pan-fry for 3 minutes. Showroom eggs and chopped green onions. Flip over and cook until eggs are done. Remove và place on a dish.

Pan Fried Rice Cake SauceIn a small bowl, địa chỉ 4 tsp of water, 1 tsp of oyster sauce, 2 tsp of light soy sauce, 2 tsp of sugar, và 1 tsp of vinegar. I used brown rice vinegar, but any vinegar will work. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Taste and địa chỉ cửa hàng to preference, adjust the sauce according lớn your tastebuds


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Finishing Touches và Cooking Tips On Pan Fried Rice Cake

Finishing touches – top with pickled daikon & carrots. Here is the recipe for the pickled carrots và daikon. You can also use shredded green papaya. Pour over sauce or use as a dip.

VEGAN – You can use Vegan eggs, and this dish will be 100% VEGAN. I haven’t tried this, but I found this recipe online khổng lồ make vegan Bot Chien and will surely give it a try.

Adding Chinese Sausages – I’ve added Chinese sausages into my pan-fried rice cakes, & they taste amazing! If you have any lying around, please give this a TRY!

After making this dish for the first time, I can see why this is so popular with students. It’s filling, cheap, and delicious! For most of my batches, I would make enough for about 6-8 servings my girlfriend & I, và we keep them in the fridge for about a week. This dish is incredibly easy to make! Give it a try!