If you ever travel to the Nothern provinces of Vietnam, such as Thanh Hoa, etc, you should definitely try this traditional sweet dish called “bánh gai”. It is made through a traditional method, which requires the utmost care and attention of a skilled chef.
The cake’s skin is mainly made with glutinous rice flour and “gai” leaf (green ramie) extract, which gives this dessert its distinct black color and a deeply aromatic fragrance. The chewy outer layer is then stuffed with a mixture of steamed mung bean paste, shredded coconut and pork fat, in order to bring out its exquisite flavor. Hand-wrapped “bánh gai” is a perfect gift to give in Vietnam.