Soc Trang is not only famous for its pia cakes, sausages, Cong cakes, etc. but also many people know about the delicious taste of Soc Trang mung bean cakes.
1. Better to Know as a Food Lover
Find them: Soc Trang city.
Best time: Dusk-Dawn
Don’t miss: Khmer- style Mung Bean Cake
Local’s pick: Market in Soc Trang
Tourist’s pick: Supermarket in Soc Trang
Facts: Traveling to the Mekong Delta river, bringing back a box of mung bean cakes as Soc Trang specialty gifts is luxurious and reasonable. Soc Trang mung bean cakes are sold all year round at cake shops in Soc Trang.
2. Better to Know Khmer- style Mung Bean Cake
Traditional mung bean cakes of Soc Trang people are usually round, the surface is engraved with beautiful patterns. Because of its round shape and beautiful white color, this cake is often used by Soc Trang people to offer to their ancestors on the occasion of the full moon and the most beautiful of that year is the full moon. The fullness of the cake is also the dream of a full life, a family that is always reunited and happy.
Mung bean cake also has a very important meaning in the culture of Soc Trang people when used to worship in the Ooc – Om – Boc festivals of the people here. Cakes are offered to give thanks to the moon for bringing good health and good crops to people throughout the region.
3. Khmer- style Mung Bean Cake in Soc Trang
People enjoy the taste of this cake next to a cup of hot tea, there is nothing like it. Especially on New Year’s Day, the children and grandchildren are crowded, the adults sit together to talk and enjoy the cakes in Soc Trang, it is warm and delicious. The fatty taste of coconut milk mixed with the sweetness of sugar, plus the aroma of ground glutinous rice makes you want to enjoy the mung bean cake forever.
Machine technology is more and more modern, and the needs of people are increasing, so there are many types of mung bean cakes with different flavors such as mung bean cakes with green beans, mung bean cakes with a variety of fillings such as coconut, peanuts, green beans, yellow, white cakes and many different mold designs. Consumers can choose according to their preferences.
4. How to Make Khmer- style Mung Bean Cake
How to make Soc Trang mung bean cake
Making the crust:
– Mung bean cake powder.
– Grapefruit juice.
– Fresh broth.
Making the cake filling:
– Green beans (with peeled).
– Durian or pandan leaves
– Pumpkin jam.
– Mung bean cake mold.
Methods of implementation:
– Method of cooking sugar water: We put granulated sugar and filtered water into a pot to boil until the sugar dissolves, let it simmer for about 10 minutes, when the sugar is like pulling a thread, turn off the stove and let it cool. Continue, then add fresh lemon juice, stir well until the sugar thickens, then add grapefruit juice and mix to create fragrance for the cake.
How to make the filling: Soak green beans in water for about four hours. Then take out the beans and put them in the pot, add water and cook until cooked. When the green beans are cooked, we take them out and grind them finely, then add the sugar and stir-fry (to make the cake sweet) until the beans are no longer sticking to the pan, then mix the squash together.
– In the bowl, both the cake powder and the sugar water have just been made, mix well, then roll until the sugar and flour blend together.
– Pour the flour mixed with sugar into the prepared mold, then put a layer of filling in the middle, and finally spread a layer of powdered sugar to fill the mold. For a better and firmer cake, press the mixture firmly in the mold with your hands, let it sit for half an hour, then cut it into pieces.
5. Pro tips:
Here are our tips for easing your mind (and stomach) around food-handling environments that you may not be used to.
Make sure the food is freshly cooked. If you’re eating hot street food, it’s always safest (not to mention more delicious) to eat food you can see being cooked to order.
Look for lines and busy stalls. Busy street food stalls are an indicator of popularity, and their high turnover rate means the food is never sitting out for hours and developing dreaded bacteria. Yes, long lines can be discouraging when you’re hungry after a full day of exploring, but it’s not worth the risk of grabbing precooked food from the empty spot next door.
Eat when the locals are eating. The last and most important element here is when to eat. You’re likely already on a weird eating schedule while you’re traveling, but it’s important to try and adjust to the eating times of where you are. A bowl of pho might be lunch for Americans, but it’s breakfast for the Vietnamese. This ensures that you’re eating freshly cooked food and that you can find the best and most popular places to eat.
If you can’t drink the water, then you can’t eat the salad. Most people get so hung up on not drinking the water or skipping ice in drinks that they don’t think about all of the other ways in which water is used in food service. Fruits and vegetables tend to be washed with tap water in most places, rather than the filtered water that locals drink—or sometimes it’s not washed at all. If you’re really craving some produce, try fruits you can peel or cooked veggies.
Trust your gut. If you’re unsure about the food or the way that it’s being prepared, then keep moving. Eating street food all over the world doesn’t make you an expert. Every stall and every country are different, and sometimes the rules can be harder to follow. When something doesn’t look, smell, or feel right, don’t eat it! Trust your judgment. Chances are that there’s another spot close by that’s making something more delicious.
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Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!
“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.