So I made Banh bot chien. It was very easy. I realized that it is an abbreviated version of Lo Bak Go.
I made it with a package of rice flour and got two large pans of steamed rice flour cake. I used an electric steamer to cook the cake.
A package of rice flour (1lb)
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
Half a teaspoon of sugar
Half a teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
7 cups of cold water
- Oil the pans for steaming.
- In a large pot, add the dry ingredients and stir to mix.
- Add 2 cups of cold water and stir to mix. Add another 2 cups of water to thin the paste. Pour the rest of the water and the oil into the mix and stir till the batter is smooth.
- Stir and cook the batter on medium/low heat until it thickens slightly. Keep stirring. Don’t leave the pot unattended. The paste has to be cooked evenly and have no lumps. You don’t want to scorch the mix.
- Pour the mixture into your oiled pan(s).
- Steam until the cake is cooked. It should take about an hour to cook and you’ll probably have to add more water to the steamer.
- Remove the dish from the steamer. Let it cool.
- Turn the cake out and serve.
To serve: fry slices with eggs the way Wandering Chopsticks does. Or
cut into cubes and put it into chicken or vegetable soup, or
cut it into slices and top with a sauce composed of soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar and topped with chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds.