Vietnamese street food : Banh bao vac. (shrimp & pork dumplings / white rose)


Bánh bao vac – often refered to as white rose –  is, like cao lao another Hoi An street food specialty in a town with plenty of options.

White Rose, is a translucent dumpling of minced pork and prawn, similar to size shape and texture to jiaozi, or even ravioli. The dough is light, the flavours it contains are subtle, delicate and moreish.

They, as you might have gathered are made to look like tiny little roses, I lost count of the amount of these we ate. They are topped with  with fried onions and served with a chilli dipping sauce.

Some useful phrases 

Sin chow – hello
Mot – one
Hai – two
Gam urn – thank you
Tra da – iced tea, a popular and cheap drink to accompany meals and usually available at hole in the wall restaurants


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5 thoughts on “Vietnamese street food : Banh bao vac. (shrimp & pork dumplings / white rose)

  1. Geoff Turland

    Hi Ben and Jess Really enjoying your blogs, sounds like you are having a great time and enjoying some amazing food. Merry Crimbo and Happy New Year Geoff

  2. Hi, Sian has directed me to your blog because I’m visiting Laos soon. Just had to comment on this – I think White Rose were the most delicious thing I had ever tasted! Did you ever have them anywhere other than Hoi An?

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