Steamed Rice Cake Recipe (Bánh Bò Hấp)
Growing up in Vietnam, like any other kids, we loved to have snacks. One of them is Steamed Rice Cake, (Banh Bo Hap). Some people would call it Cow Cake, Sponge Cake. This dessert is very similar to Filipino Steamed Rice Cakes, Puto. It’s slightly sweet and has coconut flavor. This dessert also has colorful look. It’s always helpful to have gorgeous looking dessert so that our kids would give it a try. However, food coloring is entirely optional. If not using coloring, the cake would have an off white color. Main ingredients include rice flour, tapioca starch, coconut milk, active yeast. We know the cake is successful by looking numerous honeycombs appearing inside the cake when we break it apart.
Making this easy dessert recipe, you will need a steamer, a mixing bowl and some small bowls (or cake molds). It will take about 2.5 hours to complete including 2 hours of waiting for the yeast to do its magic.
We hope that your kids or the little kid in each of us would enjoy these cakes like ours did as they always asked for more. They also enjoyed lending a hand making this colorful dessert. You can also check the cost of main ingredients at the end of this recipe.
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