1. Pig skin cake
The reason this cake is called pork skin cake because it is tough, smooth, glossy and greasy like pig skin. The main ingredients of the cake are tapioca flour, coconut milk, and pandan or camomile leaves. The cake is green if you use pandan leaves and purple if you use camomile leaves, poured into alternating layers of colors that look both beautiful and delicious.
2. Beef cake
Beef cake is a kind of cake that is quite popular in the traditional cake world. It looks so simple, but to get a beef cake is very elaborate. The dough must be brewed very skillfully and skillfully. A delicious cake is when eaten enough spongy, chewy, but not dry, moderately sweet and pure with a very “Western” characteristic taste.
3. Leaf cake
Also known as apricot leaf cake, this is also a very special cake when the main ingredient is apricot leaves (a type of vines that often grow in rural areas) with the effect of clearing heat and laxatives. After the dough is kneaded with apricot leaf juice, it is molded into thin pieces and then steamed in a water bath. After steaming, separate the powder from the leaves and eat it with coconut milk sprinkled with fragrant roasted sesame is “standard”.
4. Banana cake
This cake is quite simple, but you have to choose a ripe, delicious banana, then mix it with flour and then steam or bake it.
5. Tapioca Cake
90% of the cake’s ingredients are tapioca along with flour and sugar. Despite its simplicity, this cake has been very successful in impressing diners from all over the world when it has begun to appear in luxury restaurants or bakeries.
6. Liver cake
This dish is called liver cake because it looks quite similar to pork liver and it is also known as “Vietnamese pudding” with the main ingredients being sugar, eggs, coconut milk and anise. The liver cake has a sweet and fragrant taste with the highlight of the characteristic anise and cardamom.
7. Orange cake, cuong cake
Orange cake and Western cake are both made from glutinous rice flour and rice flour, fried, then coated with sugar and sprinkled with sesame. The main difference is that the orange cake has a very fatty and fluffy mung bean filling, while the cuong cake has a circle shape like a donut and has no filling.
8. Offering cakes
This is a specialty you should try when coming to the West. Cake offerings are made from simple ingredients, rice flour mixed with coconut milk and sugar, then compressed into a tube into banana leaves and then steamed. The cake has a soft, sweet taste that melts in the mouth and is greasy with the taste of coconut milk, accompanied by a simple and fragrant banana leaf flavor that makes people have a compliment.
9. Steamed buns
Banh cuon is quite similar to sponge cake but has an unmistakable unique taste. Still the ingredients are eggs and flour, but the way to cook is not baking but steaming. This processing method gives the cake a very beautiful flower shape and is also extremely “addictive” with a rich, aromatic flavor.
10. Bird’s nest cake
The dough for making tai oats is quite similar to beef cakes and then cleverly fried so that the cake is shaped like a bird’s nest. The ear cake is attractive with crispy outside, soft inside and unmistakable aroma.
Above are 10 unique traditional pastries of the Southwest region, if you have the opportunity to visit this rich land, don’t forget to try it!