Banh Beo is a street food snack very popular in Vietnamese cuisine. The classic recipe includes steamed rice cakes topped with dried shrimps and served with a spicy dipping sauce.
With our step-by-step recipe, we'll show how to make banh beo from scratch. It's incredibly easy and quick - all you need is a steamer and 30 minutes.
The rice cakes are prepared with a simple batter of rice flour, salt, and water and then steamed for a few minutes until firm. As a topping, we opted for whole pan-fried shrimps to keep the recipe as simple as possible. But if you want to prepare the classic dried shrimps, check our FAQ below and we'll explain how to do it.
What boosts this appetiser with a unique Vietnamese flavour is the dipping sauce. Sweet and spicy, this sauce includes lemongrass, chillies, garlic, and a hint of vinegar and lime. We love it!
Not only delicious, banh beo is healthy too. Each rice cake has only 120 kcal, and it's high in proteins and low in carbs, covering 20% and 5% of your RDI respectively.
This recipe is also gluten-free and suitable for pescatarians. You can even make it vegan by swapping the prawns with mung beans, a type of legume often used in Southern Vietnamese cuisine. Let's get started!