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Banh cay, a special Saigon snack

Among street foods in Saigon, banh cay (crispy fried cassava cake) is a favorite for not only locals, but foreigners as well, especially Korean and Japanese visitors. 
With its good flavor, mouthwatering appearance and reasonable price, this simple cake is one of the most popular street foods in Saigon, especially for students who consider the snack a big part of their school life.

On street corners in Saigon, one can easily see the cassava cake vendors who shape the cakes with one hand and fry them in a hot oil pan with another. They turn out yellow crispy cakes which are so delicious that any visitor should try them.

It is simple to make fried cassava cake, the main ingredients of which are cassava and rice flour. First peel fresh cassava roots, soak them in water and then mill into flour. Mix the cassava flour with rice flour, chili powder, green onion and fennel, and shape the dough mixture into round cakes. Fry the cakes in the hot oil till they turn yellow and crispy.

Due to its simple recipe, this delicious dish is also a favorite choice of Saigon housewives for family parties or meetings with friends.

By Nguyen Luan

Artistic Floating Rice Dumplings: A Culinary Delight

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Traditional floating rice dumplings hold a special place in the hearts of many Vietnamese people, evoking fond childhood memories. These delectable treats, also known as "Banh troi nuoc nghe thuat" or "Artistically Shaped Floating Rice Dumplings," are not entirely new to the baking world. Still, for many enthusiasts of the Cold Food Day (third day of the third lunar month) celebration, they represent a refreshing innovation.