This Banh uot nong seller can normally be found on Tran Quoc Thao street, but on this occasion I snag him at a corner half way along Ky Dong street in District 3. He’s one of many such traders pedalling the same dish in the same way on the same streets. Banh uot nong is a big part of the breakfast streetscene, much like Chao long and Xoi. It consists of thick white vermicelli rice flour sheets, sliced cha lua (luncheon meat) and what I think is some kind of deep fried dough/pork fat mixture. It comes with fried shallots, ground prawn ‘dust’ and a nuoc mam (fish sauce) dip.
There’s something about these blobby, conjealed white rice paste dishes and cha lua slices that I don’t dig. It’s the look of the stuff. It doesn’t look edible to me, or at least appetizing. I love banh cuon, but that’s ultra thin and mad light, whereas banh uot nong is altogether a thicker, more bollocks out, in your face rice paste dish. Put simply, it’s the kind of dish you either love or hate. While I don’t hate it, I don’t like it very much. Which errr…. doesn’t tell you much about the food, errr…. does it 🙂 Costs 5,000VD(ish) More snaps.