Street Food: Banh Trang Tron – Rice Paper Salad

“Banh Trang Tron” rice paper salad and  it is a best seller food for teenagers  in Saigon, Vietnam now.  Street food is junk food, sold for students, it is cheap and huge amount. Because students do not have a lot of money, the street vendors have created tasty dishes  from cheap ingredients.  Banh Trang Tron salad is quite interesting salad.  The salad is made of rice papers, shredded green mango, herbs, beef jerky, dried shrimps, roast peanuts, boil quail eggs, dried onion, red pepper, and tasty tamarind sauce dressing.

Banh Trang Tron rice paper salad – from “A Blog of Salt”

Recipes

  • Recipe of Banh Trang Tron  from Thuy of  “A Blog of Salt.
  • Recipe of banh-trang-tron – by Tu Diem’s Corner, in Vietnamese.  Many recipes  with many pictures,  she collected many  video clips.  There is a recipe of Banh Trang Tron, Australian style, is more high end food, and  good for an appetizer.

Cooking Tips

Banh Trang Tron is cheap salad that mixed everything together. Therefore, you can create your own version of Banh Tran Tron from vegetable and fruits, chicken, shrimps, as long as you use tamarind sauce for dressing.  If you cannot find green mango, replace it with green apple.  Also, replace dried shrimp with sauteed shrimp. Skip the “shrimp salt” and replace it with fish sauce.

Malaysia street food,  Rojak fruit salad, is combined green mango, star fruit, other fruits (trái mận đỏ, cóc, ổi), vegetables, herbs, dried shrimps, roast peanuts, eggs, dried onion, and shrimp paste sauce. It’s quite interesting that Banh Trang Tron and Rojak are like cousin.

References

  1. http://thuyancom.blogspot.com/2014/09/banh-trang-tron-rice-paper-salad.html
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCLXg46OMs8 – Cooking show Vietnamese.  Banh Trang Tron video from Uyen Thi who is popular chef from  SBTN TV.
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