Banh khuc is a traditional cake of Northen Vietnam. It’s a rice ball made from glutinous rice, green bean, pork, spices and, most importantly, cudweed (khuc).
Cudweed grows during lunar January and February, when the drizzling rain lasts all day, and it can be found along the edges of rice fields. There are two kinds: nep and te. The latter is more flexible and fragrant and is preferred for making the cake.
First, the cudweed is washed, ground and then mixed with husked glutinous rice. Green beans, that are flayed and turned into paste after being cooked, are then added to the mixture. Finally, the cakes are sprinkled with grains of glutinous steamed rice.
As time goes by it is increasingly difficult to find cudweed as fields are eaten up by development. However, for now you can find banh khuc in
“Maybe I will no longer have the chance to satisfy my hunger for banh khuc,” says 60-year-old Nguyen Thi Khanh on
One woman who would against that is 47-year-old Nguyen Thi Lan, whose cake stall at
So next time you’re in the old quarter of
You can stop them and ask if the banh khuc is from Ngoai Hoang village in Ha Tay Province, a place that is famous for having the most delicious and tasty banh khuc.Source: Vietnamnet