Whole Wheat Pillow Cake Recipe By Bint Ahmad


Like most cakes in Vietnam, pillow cake is not baked but deep fried to lớn create a charming yellow pastry skin, crispy & fragrant.

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Vietnam pillow cake - look at its shape like a pillow. Yeap very delicious pillow.

Vietnamese Fried Pillow Cake is known as Banh Gối. The cake has named “Pillow” because its appearance looks lượt thích a pillow. This cake is surely familiar with most of Hanoians. It’s found that many people & tourists are very fond of this dish.

Today, we will show you how khổng lồ make this hot, delicious, and crunchy cake for your family. Let’s start now và follow our most crispy Vietnamese fried pillow cake recipe.

- Total time: 90 minutes

- Servings: 4-5 people

- Total calories: 2.940 kcal


To make the crust

250gr wheat flour

50gr sticky rice flour

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 chicken egg

130ml plain milk (or water)

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 teaspoon salt

To make the stuffing

16 boiled quail eggs (or 4 chicken eggs)

200 gr minced pork shoulder

Slices of marinated Chinese sausage (optinal)

50 gr glass noodles

1/2 onion (or cassava/legume)

1/4 carrot, green onion

Shiitake mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, pepper


Not less important is making dipping sauce with fine proportion of garlic, chili, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and water.

The sweet salty cake is also served with some fresh herbs such as lettuce, coriander & pattaya pickles lớn reduce its oily taste & raise guests’ appetite.

To make the pickles

Papayas (or cucumber), carrots, salt, sugar, vinegar or lemon juice, garlic & fresh chili.


The filling ingredients are finely chopped and blended with minced pork & seasonings.


- lớn make the pastry skin, set the wheat flour, sticky rice flour and turmeric powder together

You can only use wheat flour but the rice flour is recommended because it will make the crust more crispy.

- showroom chicken egg and milk (or water) & combine lớn perfect ratio, making soft và moist dough

The egg will help lớn create a shiny yellow colour for the crust. If you don’t like egg, you can skip it.

- Stir the mixture well then địa chỉ cửa hàng water little by little. Knead until the dough becomes smooth. The right amount of water is 100ml. However, while kneading, if the dough is dry, add a little water to make it more smooth.

- When the dough becomes smooth & flexible, cover it with a food wrapper & let it sit for about 30 – 60 minutes.

- Roll out the dough khổng lồ 2mm thick. Don’t roll the dough too thin because you need to use it to wrap the filling later.

- Divide it into small round pieces with a diameter of 10cm.

You can take a bowl or anything that have a round shape to lớn press it down. Press it down enough lớn cut the dough lớn round layer, then you will have a beautiful round crust.

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- khổng lồ make the stuffing, after soaking the wood ears, mushroom and vermicelli become soft, wash them & leave to drain. Then cut and mince them into small pieces.

- Wash the spring onion & cut into small pieces.

- Peel & wash the onions and carrots then slice them into small cubes. You only need khổng lồ cut half of the carrot for the filling. The other half will be used lớn make the dipping sauce.

- Take a big bowl, địa chỉ cửa hàng ground pork, minced wood ears, vermicelli, mushroom, minced onion, spring onion, & carrot then phối well. Seasoning the filling with 1 teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Phối them well và leave lớn marinate for 15 minutes.

- Brush egg yolk on the pastry

- Put the stuffing at the middle with an egg và shape the pastry into a pillow by folding in the edges

- Heat the cooking oil

- Fry the cakes until they are half-done

- Before the meal, fry the cakes again until they are crispy & yellow

When making pillow cake, you must pay attention to lớn make sure the filling is not too dry. If you use pork, the fat of the pork helps keep the filling moist.


Put the filling in the round pastry skin, fold the skin into a shape of a half circle, then skillfully crimp the edges together to make a pillow-shaped cake. Pillow cakes are deep fried until the pastry skin turns yellow, crispy, và fragrant.

The taste of the fried pillow cake is balanced with a dipping sauce made of garlic, chili, sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, & water.

- lớn make the dipping sauce, phối fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice, water in the ratio 1:1:1:5 (2 tablespoons fish sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 10 tablespoons water). Stir until sugar is completely dissolved, then add minced garlic and chili.

- to lớn make the pickles, papayas và carrots are peeled, thinly sliced, soaked in salt và washed. Add sugar, vinegar or lemon, a little salt, minced garlic, chopped chili khổng lồ taste.

Vietnamese pillow cake stuffed with Aussie beef filling


Pillow-shaped cake stuffed with Aussie beef filling. Source: VOV

Winners of the preliminary round of 2018 Taste of nước australia Culinary Competition, once used the Australian ingredients khổng lồ make Vietnamese pillow cake. They tried adding a little Aussie lemon myrtle leaf và had surprising results. The pastry skin is more fragrant and the dry lemon leaf absorbs the moistness of the dough, making the cake skin crispier.

The filling for Vietnamese pillow cakes includes glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms, & kohlrabi. Those ingredients are finely chopped và blended with minced pork & seasonings. In this step, the Pegasus team used beef as the main ingredient and they added Australian red wine lớn make the beef moister. Then, they added spices: shallot, và wattle seed.

They also created their own dipping sauce, which really impressed the jury panel. Two winners used red wine lớn replace the traditional vinegar, và surprisingly, the taste went well with the cake. They also make a second thicker sauce using traditional Vietnamese spices for foreigners who are not familiar with dipping sauces.