Vietnamese crispy pancake mix

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When the temperature starts khổng lồ drop to đôi mươi degrees Celsius, littlesidewalk furnaces are fired up to cook winter snacks: pancakes with banana, sweet potatoes, và in recent years, sweet corn.

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Frying pan: One of many ways tomakeapple pancakes. VNS Photos Đoàn Tùng

by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà

When the temperature starts to lớn drop to 20 degrees Celsius, littlesidewalk furnaces are fired up khổng lồ cook winter snacks: pancakes with banana, sweet potatoes, & in recent years, sweet corn.

The recipe for pancakes could not be simpler with cheap ingredients used to lớn create crispy, comforting and affordable snacks for the city"s school children, struggling students and even successful adults longing for their more modest student past.

We had a chance to attend a cooking demonstration with Poland"s Masterchef 2018 Ola Nguyễn recently at the most iconic cooking venue one can think of in the capital: thành phố hà nội Legend Metropole Hotel.

She was teaching how lớn cook táo bị cắn crêpe, Polish style. "This is very easy and the food we have is very warm, comforting và delicious," she said as she selected green apples và started to lớn peel them.

Poland is among the top ten táo khuyết exporters in the world, with the majority of the fruit heading to the Middle East. I had a chance khổng lồ visit an táo bị cắn farma few years back near Warsawand was amazed at how local orchards plant their táo apple trees and join co-operatives khổng lồ store their produce for sale all year round.

Picking up some wheat flour to make the batter, Ola said, in Vietnamese: "When cooking Polish dishes, which I"m going lớn demonstrate, you don"t have lớn worry too much about the weights. Go by your feeling. Polish dishes are very heart-warming andcomforting, I don"t know why they have not become more popular around the world!

Food Ambassador: Poland Masterchef 2018Ola Nguyễn shows how to lớn make hãng apple pancakes at aGastronomy Week in Hà Nội.

"In Poland, there aremany types of apples. The best you can use are the small red apples, which are crispy và veryflavourful," she said.

"Outside of Poland, you can use Granny Smiths instead," Polish chef Mateusz Bujak added.

The recipes for making the batter are almost identical: a cup of wheat flour, a couple of eggs, two tablespoons of sugar,a pinch of salt và a cup of water or milk.

There"re some differences between the Polish và Vietnamese methods of making the batter: If you want khổng lồ make the phối smoother, địa chỉ cửa hàng 20g of melted butter & half a teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda releases bubbles in the mix và makes it fluffy and soft.

"I don"t know if you have vanilla sugar in Việt Nam," Ola said."But it is very popular in Poland. Especially when you heat it up, the vanilla smells so good."

In the Vietnamese version, it"s rare lớn use butter or baking soda. The batter is thin, just barely enough khổng lồ cover the sliced pieces of sweet potato, banana or sweetcorn.

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Apple pancake, Polish style.

The Vietnamese pancakes should be golden crispy while the banana and potato should be soft.

So what makes the perfect táo apple pancake? A little crispy round the edges, of course, but the cooked dough should also be soft. The use of sour apples balances with the sweet batter.

You can serve the pancakes hot with powdered sugar, strawberry jam or vanilla ice cream, and it"s perfect for dessert.

The Vietnamese sisters of apple pancakes are mostly sold on the street as snacks.

But the same batter can be used for a Hanoian delicacy, which is still the signature dish of the city"s West Lake area: bánh tôm hồ nước Tây, or hồ tây shrimp cakes.

Originally served at lake restaurants famous for this delicacy, shops in the Old Quarter also offer the dish now, but a true treat of shrimp cakes should be enjoyed contemplating the lake on an autumn afternoon.

Hà Nộidelicacy: The best shrimp cakes come from West Lake neighbourhoods.

Sweet potatoes are julienned and mixed into the batter, & two fresh shrimp are placed on đứng đầu before frying. The shrimp used to lớn come from West Lake, but today it"s illegal khổng lồ fish in the lake, so the shrimp are sourced from other parts of Hà Nội. They must be small & cooked with the heads và shells intact.

The cakes should be served hot with sweet sour dipping sauce và fresh vegetables.

I happened khổng lồ have two little apples in my bag I’d bought from the marketduring the cooking show. Wanting to see the difference between the two types of apples, we peeled one & made a pancake with a Vietnamese apple.

The result was a more nuanced taste of sweet và sour in the Granny Smith pancakes. The Vietnamese táo pancakes mostly tasted sweet.

"This táo is very good: small, hard & flavourful," said Bojak holding the táo bị cắn dở I gave him. "Not exactly lượt thích the Polish apples," added Ola, "but you could use them to make cakes." VNS