(Vietnam Today) - TasteAtlas - the website dubbed “Global Food Map” - has recently published the list of the top 100 cakes worldwide, in which the voting criteria of each cake are based on its popularity. This year, layer cake, known as “Bánh da lợn” in Vietnamese, makes its way in the ranking as a popular dessert in Viet Nam, especially in the Southern provinces.
According to TasteAtlas’s description of this Vietnamese specialty cake, layer cake is a traditional Vietnamese dessert, consisting of chewy layers that are typically made from mashed mung beans, tapioca starch, rice flour, and coconut milk. Traditionally, each pig skin cake will have a light yellow layer made from green beans, which can be substituted flexibly with durian or taro, and a green layer made from pandan leaves. These layers are stacked upon each other resulting in a soft, thin, chewy texture just like the pig’s skin. In fact, pig skin cake is one of the most famous specialties originating from/that takes root in the Southern provinces. Due to its easy-to-find and easy-to-cook ingredients. can be made and eaten at any time throughout the year.
The Southern cuisine often attracts tourists by the simplicity in the preparation. In particular, there are also numerous rural simply made cakes that attract visitors such as Vietnamese sweet steamed rice rolls, “tầm bì” cakes, “cống” cakes, “xèo” cake, and “khọt” cakes.
In addition, Pavlova cakes make their way through the top of the world’s 100 most delicious cakes. This summer dessert is named after the famous Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, “as delicate as the ballerina for which it is named”, TasteAtlas described.
(Source: Vietnam Today 10/2021)