Bot Chien, translated means fried flour. On the inside, the consistency is chewy, while on the outside, it has a crispiness. It is covered in carrots and daikons that have been shredded. It is served with a sweet vinegar soy sauce that can be poured on top of or used as a dipping sauce. And all the small rice cakes are covered in eggs and green onions. In most establishments, you will be asked whether you would like one or two eggs. Every time, I end up with two.
Can you believe that I had my first Vietnamese Pan Fried Rice Cake(Bot Chien) only three years ago(2018)? While working for a wedding company in Vietnam, I went to the art supply store to get some supplies. The art store was located next to a college, and whenever I went there, I would always see swarms of students huddling together and keeping their heads bowed around the nearby street food carts. So I walked over there and gave my curiosity a try.
Why do people like Bot chien
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Ingredients that go into Bot chien
- Tbsp Tapioca Starch
- 1 cup Rice Flour
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 stalk Green Onion
- 2 Eggs
- 1 ½ cup + ¼ tsp Water
- Vegetable Oil
- ½ cup Carrots
- ½ cup Daikon
- 2 + 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 Tbsp + ½ Tbsp White Vinegar
- Thai Chili (optional)
How to cook Bot chien
- To make the sauce, mix together some chopped Thai chilli, 12 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 fourth of a teaspoon of water.
- To make the pickled vegetables, place your shredded carrots and daikon in a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the bowl. Combine everything, then set it aside for half an hour.
- Put one cup of rice flour, one tablespoon of tapioca starch, one-fourth teaspoon of salt, one-and-a-half cups of water, and one teaspoon of vegetable oil into a bowl of medium size. Be sure to give the batter a thorough mixing so that it can reach a smooth consistency.
- Using a square or rectangle tupperware that can be heated in the microwave, brush a little bit of vegetable oil all over the base, and then pour the batter into the microwave-safe container. If you don't have a lid that has a small air vent, you can cover the Tupperware container with saran wrap and use a fork to make two holes in it at regular intervals. Put it in the microwave for 5 minutes, then wait 1 minute, and then do it again for 5 minutes. It is NOT safe to use the microwave for ten minutes straight. If your microwave is powerful, reduce the cooking time to four minutes instead of five.
- Take the Rice Flour Cake out of the tupperware and allow it to cool down for a period of fifteen minutes.
- Using a knife, round off the cake's corners, and then cut it into squares.
- Put the Rice Flour Cake in a bowl and stir in one teaspoon of light soy sauce until the cake is evenly coated.
- Place a wok over medium-high heat and add two to three tablespoons of vegetable oil. Cook the rice flour cake for five to six minutes per side, or until it is golden brown.
- Crack two eggs into the open spaces in your pan, and then break up the egg yolks to bind the individual squares together. Cook the eggs until they are just shy of being done.
- To finish cooking the eggs, throw in a handful of chopped green onions and keep going until the eggs are done. You can make this more enjoyable by dipping it in your dipping sauce and eating it alongside the pickled vegetables.
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What can Bot chien be served together with
After preparing this dish for the first time, I have a better understanding of why students enjoy eating it so much. It's delicious, inexpensive, and it fills you up! For the majority of my batches, I would make enough food for somewhere between six and eight servings for my girlfriend and I, and we would store the meals in the refrigerator for approximately a week. This dish can be prepared with hardly any effort at all! Try it out for yourself!
Other popular Vietnamese food
Besides Bot chien, there are other vietnamese food dishes that are highly popular in Singapore and around the world. Below is a list of some of the most mentioned ones:
Pho, Cha Ca, Banh Xeo, Cao Lau, Rau Muong, Nem Ran Cha Gio, Goi Cuon, Bun Bo Hue, Banh Khot, Ga Tan, Nom Hoa Chuoi, Hoa Qua Dam, Pho Cuon, Ga Nuong, Pho Xao, Ca Phe Trung, Bo La Lot, Xoi, Banh Cuon, Ca Tim Kho To, Bot Chien, Bun Dau Mam Tom, Banh Goi, Com Suon Nuong, Chao, Bo Luc Lac, Hat De Nong, Banh Uot thit nuong, Bun Cha, Banh Mi, Lau, Banh Bao, Com rang, Bo Bit Tet, Com Chay, Che, My Xao Bo, Dau Phu Sot Ca Chua, Canh Bun
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