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Vietnamese pizza, a popular street food is made with rice paper topped with all forms of goodness – pork, shrimp, and egg. Extremely simple to make, this fun no-oven required savory and sweet Vietnamese pizza will become a new favorite.
What is Vietnamese Pizza or Bánh Tráng Nướng
This unique Vietnamese pizza is one of the newest and most popular street food sensations, especially amongst Vietnamese students. It is a simple pizza made with rice paper instead of dough and grilled on charcoal.
The toppings are varied and depend on the region of the country and the tastes of each person. Banh Trang Nuong can be topped with pate, quail eggs, dried pork or beef, shallots and more.
Some versions also include cheese or shredded chicken. The Vietnamese pizza is finished with a drizzle of mayonnaise and sriracha sauce for wonderful sweet and spicy flavors.
The key to an exceptional Vietnamese pizza is the grilled rice paper or banh trang.
Banh Trang rice paper is gluten-free and made from just rice, paper and salt. When grilled, the rice paper becomes crispy and the texture and savory flavors are simply delicious.
History of Vietnamese Pizza
Banh trang nuong is said to have originated from Dalat, a hill town founded by the French. This Vietnamese pizza is known as banh trang nuong (bánh tráng nướng) in Ho Chi Minh City and in most of the country.
We first had this Vietnamese pizza in Da Nang, where it was referred to as Dalat Cake. In Hue, this Vietnamese pizza goes by Banh Trang Trung.
Regardless of its name, this Vietnamese pizza reflects traditional Vietnamese cooking with its contrasts in textures and color.
A traditional Vietnamese pizza typically consists of quail eggs, dried pork, dried shrimp, and scallions. It is topped with chili sauce and mayonnaise.
The crunchy textures come from the grilled rice paper and combination of ingredients. The sweet and savory flavors from the pork, shrimp, quail eggs, sauces and vegetables.
Everything together is delightful and the bright colors are a feast for the eyes.
Discovering Vietnamese Pizza or Bánh Tráng Nướng in Vietnam
The Danang Night Market was the first place we discovered this legendary Vietnamese pizza. While walking around the market, we were struck by a long line of young adults waiting to buy the rice paper pizza.
Curious and intrigued, we patiently waited in line to discover and taste the unique looking Vietamese pizza.
Hot from the burning coals, the vendor folded our pizza in half allowing us to easily eat it on the go. Crunchy and tasty was our immediate reaction to this pizza in Vietnam.
Our Banh Trang Nuong had quail eggs, different cuts of dried pork and topped with delightful sauces.
For a simple rice paper pizza we were quite impressed. Our Banh Trang Nuong was unexpectedly tasty.
Flavorful and at the same time not too heavy, it’s no wonder this Vietnamese pizza is a favorite local dish.
Vietnamese Pizza Recipe – How To Make it at Home
Making a Vietnamese pizza at home is simple and a lot of fun. You can make it for a quick snack or a light lunch or dinner.
While you can top your rice paper pizza with your favorite ingredients, we recommend using traditional Vietnamese ingredients.
Vietnamese Pizza Ingredients
Vietnamese Pizza Recipe Tips
Quail Eggs for Pizza Vietnam
Have you ever had quail eggs before? We don’t eat them often and were excited to use them in this Vietnamese pizza recipe.
Quail eggs are packed with nutrition and with more Vitamin B2 and iron as compared to chicken eggs.
Unlike western cultures, quail eggs in Asia are considered as just another source of protein. Their eggs are often the cheapest and found in snacks or inexpensive lunches or dinners.
Quail eggs taste similar to chicken eggs and they have slightly more yolk than white. They are delicious and we used the leftover eggs to make fabulous scrambled eggs the next morning.
Don’t hesitate to make your Vietnamese pizza with quail eggs.
Pork floss, known as rousong in Chinese and ruoc in Vietnamese is a popular topping used in a variety of Asian dishes. It is often added to Bahn Mi sandwiches, tofu dishes and even baked goods.
Pork floss is sweet and savory and crunchy and soft at the same time. It is dried pork meat, cooked with soy sauce and sugar and then shredded into a fine texture.
Sometimes called meat wool, pork floss is typically not eaten by itself, but rather added to dishes. It provides sweet and savory flavors and is indispensable in this Vietnamese pizza recipe.
Grilling or Cooking on a Cast Iron Skillet
This pizza in Vietnam is traditionally cooked over hot charcoal. To replicate the experience, we cooked our Vietamese pizza using a gas grill. You can also make this Vietnamese pizza using a cast iron skillet.
Vietnamese rice paper is available in different sizes. To make sure your pizza will fit, measure your skillet and buy the appropriate size of rice paper for your pan. Cook your Vietnamese pizza on medium heat.
Vietnamese Pizza Recipe
- Wash the dried shrimps before cooking and soak in warm water for 15 minutes to remove the salt and soften the texture.
- While waiting, chop up garlic to fry with dried shrimps.
- If using fresh shallots, chop them up and fry as you would onions for about 5 minutes or until they turn brown
- Once the dried shrimps have soaked for 15 minutes, strain the water out.
- Place the dried shrimps and garlic in a pan with a little oil and cook together until the garlic browns
- Wash and clean the scallions and chop them up and place them into a bowl
- Before you assemble your Vietnamese pizza, you want to take a mise en place approach. This means gathering and arranging all your ingredients and cooking tools.
- Place rice paper, quail eggs, pork floss, sriracha sauce, mayonnaise on the counter.
- Put the cooked shrimps in a bowl. Put the shallots in a separate bowl. And, place the scallions in a third bowl.
- With everything on the counter, take a pair of non-stick kitchen tongs and heat up your grill.
- While the grill is warming up, take all the ingredients and place them next to the grill.
- If you do not want to use a grill, you can cook the rice paper on a cast iron skillet on medium-low heat.
- Put a single sheet of rice paper on the grill.
- Crack two quail eggs or 1 chicken egg and cook it moving it from side to side.
- Add the scallions, pork floss, dried shrimp, shallots and keep moving from side to side to ensure the rice paper does not burn.
- Once the rice paper is lightly browned on the edges, remove it from the grill and set aside.
- Decorate your Vietnamese pizza with a drizzle of mayonnaise followed by Sriracha sauce.
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Rosemary is the editor-in-chief and strategist at Authentic Food Quest.
Traveling slow since 2015 with her partner, Claire, she has explored the cuisine in 45 countries and more than 240+ culinary cities.
Her writing about local food specialties has been featured in Lonely Planet, Business Insider, Honest Cooking, Food Insider, and Huffington Post.
As a food and travel writer, Rosemary has co-authored three books, including one in collaboration with Costa Brava Tourism.
Rosemary is an avid runner when she’s not eating and exploring new destinations. She has run ten marathons and counting.
Before Authentic Food Quest, Rosemary held senior-level strategy positions in advertising.
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