Vietnamese Steamed Rice Porridge

Rice is one of the most versatile ingredients in the world, và if you"ve got any leftover rice after a meal, don"t throw it out! Instead, make the most of it by trying this recipe.
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A bowl of plain rice flan with tasty mushroom meat filling. Photo:

So you"ve got some leftover rice and you don"t really know what to bởi vì with it? We"ve got good news for you: Cooked rice is super versatile so you can actually make a ton of stuff. How about some Bánh đúc (Plain Rice Flan) for a comfy dish ready in under 40 minutes?

What is Bánh Đúc?

Visitors usually think about bình thường cake whenever they hear about Vietnam, nevertheless, Vietnam has another famous cake which has been associated with Vietnamese culture for many centuries - “Bánh Đúc” or plain rice flan. It is considered one of the most rustic và simple cakes of Hanoi cuisine, but the way khổng lồ serve it varies thanks lớn Hanoian foodies.

Bánh đúc has a jelly shape và mild flavor. It is served either hot or cold, commonly with soy sauce và sometimes with tofu. The buttery taste of peanut, rice flour, the spicy sweet flavor of soy sauce and the cool of soft tofu are mingled perfectly together to lớn bring us a cool dish in hot days. It is also interesting lớn relish a hot bow of bánh đúc topped with ground pork, grilled ground spawns, fried onions, roasted sesame seeds và herbs, called “bánh đúc thịt”, a good treat in the winter.

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In the southern, another popular variation is called bánh đúc hạt lạc (peanuts), whole peanuts are added when boiled, & the phối is then cooled and cut into small bite-size pieces. It should be served plain with either nước tương (soy sauce) or mắm tôm (fermented shrimp paste).

Bánh đúc lá dứa - Pandan-infused rice cake & coconut milk.

In Ho bỏ ra Minh City, you have bánh đúc dừa (steamed rice cake infused with coconut milk). It is a much thicker style, about an inch khổng lồ an inch & a half thick. Steam it with coconut milk and let it cool. Once cool it is then cut into bite-sized rectangular pieces, topped with a stir fried mixture of ground pork, onions, củ năng (chopped jicama) và chopped wood ear mushroom. Add mỡ hành (scallions oil), hành phi (fried onions) và nước chấm (marinated fish sauce).

Today we will introduce a simple way khổng lồ make your own Bánh đúc with some leftover rice. Soft and flexible cake mixed with crunchy minced meat, wood ear và mung beans makes for a delicious meal.


2 bowls of leftover rice

2/3 cup tapioca flour

200g minced shoulder lean meat

4 cups bone broth (or water)

Dried wood ear, soaked, chopped

Scallions, shallot, dried onions, lime, coriander, chili (to taste)

Fish sauce, salt, sugar (depending on taste)

Cooking oil


For the onion oil:

Soak the dried wood ear mushrooms in water until they mở cửa out. Wash & grind or mince them.

Grind or chop up the onions & shallots

Chop the scallions & then add ¼ teaspoon of salt và two teaspoons of boiling oil to make onion oil.

Stir evenly and let the mixture settle on. Filter 2 times to discard the residue. Source:

For the cake:

Put cold rice with 50% bone broth (or filtered water and a little salt) into a blender và puree, filter through a sieve.

If the mixture is still not smooth, continue to địa chỉ the remaining water khổng lồ puree, filtering khổng lồ get a fine mixture.

Stir the tapioca flour with a little water and then showroom the above mixture, stir it, & let the flour mixture rest for a while while making the topping.

Put the filtered flour liquid in a saucepan and boil it while stirring evenly. When it starts boiling, turn down the flame and continue stirring evenly until the mixture is smooth. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes.

Meat processing. Source:

For the topping:

You should choose pork shoulder because it has both lean & fat parts. Then, grind or mince it with one shallot.

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After that, phối the minced pork with ½ teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of fish sauce.

Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan until hot and sauté the shallots until fragrant. địa chỉ the minced pork lớn it and turn evenly. When the pork is medium-rare, you put the minced wood ear mushrooms, & continue turning evenly.

Once the pork is well-done, add the minced onions to lớn it and turn about 1-2 minutes before turning off the heat. Add some pepper & 2 tablespoons of fried onions và turn evenly.

For the dipping sauce:

Pour 250ml of water, 25g of sugar và 60ml of fish sauce into a saucepan & bring it lớn a boil. Let it cool and add 1/4 of lime juice.

Once all done, put the hot plain rice flan into a bowl and địa chỉ the minced pork, onion oil, fried onions, sweet và sour sauce as well as coriander, chili on top. Finally, enjoy this hot dish.

Source: Asia Life Magazine


Bánh đúc is best eaten when it"s still warm.

Bánh đúc has many different types such as banh duc nống (served hot), banh duc tom / thit (steamed coconut rice cake with shrimps or pork) & banh duc ngot (sweet). Whatever ingredients are used, one indispensable ingredient is flour rice. Bánh đúc made from glutinous rice flour, giving it a chewy và soft texture.

Grind soaked rice with water in a grist mill; địa chỉ cửa hàng lime juice to lớn the flour solution with fine proportion khổng lồ bring the cake a certain glutinous degree; then boil the solution, add peanuts to lớn enhance nutty flavor, and stir it continuously khổng lồ prevent it being burnt.

If you vị not have time to grind rice flour for making cakes, you can buy rice flour to lớn make cakes faster.

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