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07/22/2009

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Gastronomer

I love eating these pyramids! And I love that you call them pyramids. You call it like you see it ;-)

Andrea Nguyen

Nowadays, some Viet cooks make them as point conicals but old-schoolers like my mom say they're more like hills. I looked at them said, "They're pyramids." A hill-shaped dumpling just sounds wrong. Like a lump!

Diane

Awww...your mom is so cute! These look yummy, but like kind of a lot of work unless you are cooking for a crowd. I may give it a try some quiet weekend in the rainy season.

thuy

Oh my. My mouth been watering all week thinking about these and you posted up a recipe... I am destined to eat one instead of daydreaming about it.

You call them pyramids... I call "package cakes" because when I was a little kid, I had no idea what they were called.

Andrea Nguyen

Gals, you're all too funny. Yeah, I want to eat one now, and I just had dinner. Banh gio are super simple yet scrumptious.

As for my mom, she is a great sport. She patiently repeated her motions for us to film her about 5 times. Even talked with me about the same stuff over and over again. We've done professional photoshoots at her house and she has the loveliest hands (wears gloves to wash dishes and doesn't really expose her skin to the sun).

So on Saturday, we celebrated her 75th birthday and she watched this YouTube video on an iPhone. Today she calls and says, "Dad brought up the video on the computer and I look so much sharper on the big screen than on the iPhone." Not bad for being 75, huh? :-)

thuy

I still cant get over the fact that you mom doesn't look 75. And her hands are so delicate like all the older Viet women, and how the fingers moves.

I love how the Viet sneaks in on her English when she speaks.

Teresa

I just bought these on the train to Hanoi last week and LOVED it. Can't wait to try it on my own. Does it matter what kind of mushroom I use? I can't seem to find the Viet word for wood ear mushroom and not sure I'd recognize it at the fresh market.

Suzanne

Wow!! I cannot believe I am looking at recipe for ANY kind of Asian dumpling that is gluten free! This is a must try for our household! If this is the norm, and not the exception, in your new book (or even if there is a HANDFUL of gluten-free dumplings), I'm first in line to get the book. :-) Will be checkin' out that Table of Contents.

Theresa

This is my FAVORITE! And now I have a craving for it!!! When we were little my brother and I would call this "Banh Vaseline"...I have no idea how we came up with that probably because of the white translucent rice flour dough. :) Such good memories...I'm going to ask my mom to make this and give me a lesson. Thanks!

Andrea Nguyen

Theresa, enjoy your Vaseline cakes! Maybe you'll make them yourself some day.

Annie Ha

Wow I'm going to try making the dumpling this Thanksgiving. I love your mother's hands. They are so lovely, like the hands of the tiểu thư in the old time.

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Great article, they sure looks delicious, and not that difficult to made.

Duyen Nguyen

May I know how many cups are in "1 can" of chicken broth?
I followed exactly your recipe yesterday. It was edible but my dumpling turned out stiff, not smooth and a little salty.
I don't know what I did wrong and can you help me to make the smooth and jelly-like dumplings as the one from Nhu Lan bakery in Saigon? - I only eat banh gio from this place :)

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