Bánh cuốn Tay Ho in Saigon, Vietnam. A great little place tucked away in the city center. Did you know there are other dishes us Vietnamese people have besides Pho? Bet you can’t think of any. lol Well here’s one, bánh cuốn. If a non-Vietnamese person come up to me and says “Bánh cuốn is my favorite!”, I would be all ears and ask, “What other dishes do you know??
What is bánh cuốn?
“Bánh cuốn is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with a mixture of cooked seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce which is fish sauce called nước chấm. ” — Wikipedia
This particular trip holds a special place in my heart. It was my first trip EVER to my family’s motherland. Stories and I mean countless stories, about the war, being new immigrants, or what the good old days were like, was like a movie. You know, those movies where you would hear about it, but that was it.
Well, what if you could walk down the same street and meet the same people in the movie? That was this trip, and wow, just wow. What’s even better? My parents moved to Saigon for a couple of years now, so they escorted me and my friends around town. Every street, every corner, every food cart, was,”Remember that time I skipped school? It was here” or “Omg this is where your Aunt house was.”
The most profound moment, was when I stood on top of my grandparent’s house roof with my dad. He spoke about the time during the war. How he escaped with my great-uncle (who was a pilot in the army), who picked my dad up from the very same spot with a helicopter. We both stood there in silence until this sadness swarmed over me. I think that was the day my dad last saw his parents. I have never met them before, but I heard they are quite the power couple. 🙂
How Banh Cuon by Tay Ho is made:
A great photo by Wandering Chopsticks