Banh Cong (Cong Cake) is a popular traditional food in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho. The cake is called Cong cake because the tool used to make this cake looks like a tube.
Can Tho Cong cake is a popular junk food loved by locals as well as people coming to Can Tho. This delicious cake will attract anybody due to its attractive look and aromatic flavor.
The cake is made predominantly from glutinous rice flour, wheat flour, shrimp and green beans.The recipe is also simple. Rice flour and wheat flour is mixed together with water, egg, salt and onion leaves. Green beans and meat are cooked and used as the filing. These ingredients are stuffed into a tube in the following order: flour mixture – green beans and meats – flour mixture.
Shrimp is put on top of the cake to enhance the taste and appearance. After that, the tube is fried until the flour becomes golden. Cong cake is often served with sweet-sour fish sauce and other fresh vegetables.
Banh Cong is considered as a type of snack, so locals in Can Tho only enjoy it in in the afternoon or the evening along with their family or friends.
Its rich flavor will guarantee that anyone tasting this special dish will not forget about it soon.