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Banh bo cake of Chau Doc

 VietNamNet Bridge – Those who have been to the villages of Cham people in Chau Doc City of An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta should have seen the image of Cham women grilling yellow round cakes on clay ovens.

VietNamNet Bridge – Those who have been to the villages of Cham people in Chau Doc City of An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta should have seen the image of Cham women grilling yellow round cakes on clay ovens.



Chau Doc-style banh bo are on clay ovens


Although the cake is not popular among people in An Giang, it is a traditional sweet in the Cham community in the province.

On December 2 in HCMC, the cake can be found at a sidewalk stall in front of a house on Street No.14, Linh Trung Ward in Thu Duc District. The stall’s sign reads “banh bo Chau Doc” (Chau Doc-style sponge cake).

A woman identified as Thuy makes the cake in a traditional style of Cham people in combination with her own skills of making traditional Vietnamese cakes.

Born into a Vietnamese family in Phu Tan District, An Giang Province, Thuy learned the technique of making traditional Vietnamese cakes from her mom.

Later, she left her hometown for Chau Doc City and settled down near Cham villages where she learned how to make the Cham traditional sponge cake.

More than a decade ago, Thuy moved to Saigon and failed in a couple of business plans before she realized the city is a food heaven.



Thuy is seen preparing flour to make the cake – Photos: Huy Nguyen



Keeping that in mind, Thuy opened the stall in Thu Duc District four years ago to make the Cham sponge cake in her own style. The cake is made from a mixture of flour created from her own recipe. The flour is then mixed with sugar made from the sweet juice of thot not, a popular sugar palm plant in An Giang, and coconut milk.

Thuy’s typical day starts at 2 a.m. as she has to mix flour for two hours before putting it on the clay ovens so that the sweet hot sponge cake can be ready for customers early in the morning.

Thot not sugar and coconut milk help create a mouthwatering smell. Costing VND5,000 (22 U.S. cents) per unit, the cake has a crunchy outer ring and a soft and greasy inner layer, as well as a light sweet flavor.

So far, the cake has not only come as a snack but a breakfast for many local students and workers. On special occasions such as festivals or parties, Thuy also receives big orders from companies.

Migrant workers from northern and central regions often buy the cake as a gift for family and friends when they return home.

Those who want to place an order should contact Thuy on 0968848197.



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