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Community Survey: Bánh Khọt, Vietnamese Mini Rice Pancake/Cupcake

Melanie Wong | May 23, 2013 02:58 PM

Let’s focus on Bánh Khọt, the popular Vietnamese street snack. This post kicks off an evergreen discussion of the dish and the places to find it in the San Francisco Bay Area. Everyone's invited to play. Good, bad or indifferent, “authentic” or not, please post here about any and all formats when you try them.

Many renditions of banh khot are displayed on this tumblr page.

Until recently, I had assumed that Bánh Khọt like many of the other precious types of little “bánh” is a Central Vietnamese dish from the royal courts of Hue. Not so. While there’s no agreement on where this snack first appeared in Vietnam, it is considered a Southern specialty. And, Vung Tau, the coastal town not far from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is reputed to have the best ones.

This video shows how they’re made in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Those little metal lids covering each banh khot cooking on the griddle are pretty cute.

And this source claims Khmer origins.

Legal Nomads offers some background and a recipe.

Linked below are some of the places chowhounds have reported on, most include links to photos of the banh khot served there.

Vung Tau, Newark

Cao Nguyen, San Jose

Ngoc Mai, San Francisco

Yummy Yummy, San Francisco

Banh Khot Vung Tau, San Jose

Tamarine, Palo Alto

Vietnam House, San Francisco

Ba Le, Oakland

Alice Patis’ guide to banh

The photo below is from Ngoc Mai (2005)

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