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Banh Beo

A recipe for this traditional Vietnamese dish called Banh Beo. Rice cakes topped with scallion oil and fried shrimp threads.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: banh beo
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 358kcal



  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups water

Fried Shrimp

Scallion Oil

  • 2 stalks green onions
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup Vietnamese dipping sauce search "nuoc cham" for recipe


  • Batter: Combine rice flour, tapioca flour, and salt in a large bowl and mix. Add in the water and vegetable oil and stir well. Set aside
  • Fried Shrimp: Soak dried shrimp for at least 10 minutes. Pat dry and put in a food processor. Pulse until shrimp is very fine. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil. You can tell it's hot enough if you drop in a little water and it starts sizzling. Add in your shrimp and cook for 3-5 minutes. Pour out the pan over a fine mesh sieve to separate the oil from the shrimp bits. Dump the shrimp on a baking sheet with paper towels to soak up all the oil. Set aside.
  • Scallion Oil: In a small sauce pan, heat up 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on medium high. Add sliced green onions and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until translucent. Set aside.
  • Making the Banh Beo: Get your steamer ready. Boil water and put in your steamer insert. Fill small 3 inch dishes (dipping dishes work well) 3/4 of the way with the batter. Steam for 5 minutes until the rice cakes set. Leave the lid slightly open to let out steam and prevent the batter from boiling over. After taking them out from the steamer, let them cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Putting it all together: Put some of the fried shrimp and scallion oil on top of the rice cake and serve! Eat the Banh Beo by spooning a small amount of ngoc cham over each rice cake and enjoy!


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 1090mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg