Bánh Tráng Trộn Xuân Mai: Mixed Rice paper salad street snack
- Address: 25 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền, Q. 3, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
- Hours: 5pm – 10pm
- Dish and Cost:
- Bánh Tráng Trộn: Mixed rice paper salad: 15,000 Dong ~ 0.70 USD
Undoubtedly, Bánh Tráng Trộn is the most popular and addicting snack among the young locals. It’s not the healthiest snacks out there, but it’s so much fun to eat!
The ingredients are:
- Strips of rice paper
- Julienned green mangos
- Shredded beef and squid jerky
- Boiled quail eggs
- Vietnamese coriander
- Green onions
- Fried shallots
- Toasted peanuts
- Chili oil
- Kumquat or lime juice
- Light soy sauce, and other seasonings.
I know this looks like a bunch of gibberish ingredients that doesn’t belong together, but don’t knock it before you try it. It’s tangy from the green mangos and the kumquat/lime juice and it’s salty and sweet from the beef and squid jerky. Also, it’s crunchy and chewy from the softened rice paper after you pour in the soy sauce and from the peanuts and fried shallots. The beef and squid jerky alone will take you to flavor town, but mixed together with the mangos and herbs make this snack unstoppable.
It’s often made to order, so you can customize your bag to make it less spicy or to omit peanuts if you’re allergic. Since this snack is so popular, there are vendors selling it on every street corner, but the quality and flavor varies. I’ve tried many places and found this location to be the best.