Southern people are sweet, so that the cake, the sticky rice or tea always take the heart of most diners, including the hardest. Among them, we cannot forget the name of grilled bananas – one of the specialties of the Western river.
Grill Banana is familiar to the South for many years.
If you are a follower of this dish, you cannot miss the barbecue on Vo Van Tan (District 3).
More than 20 years ago, the shop is just a small corner of the street. But now it is a more solid, less than 10 square meters. Guests will sit on the sidewalk and on the plastic chairs.
According to Miss Tam, the grilled banana is not too picky in the preparation but it requires meticulous. Bananas should be bananas that are ripe on trees, do not use that cooked, medium or too ripe because it will cause difficulty in baking. The sticky rice is delicious, only from the familiar, before stir fry, it is mixed with coconut milk. Thanks to this secret, the skin is flexible and not too sticky.
Bananas after peeling will be a shirt with a moderate sticky, wrapped in green banana leaves and then baked on the red charcoal stove. Thanks to this banana leaf layer, it is not burnt, and it is also convenient for the baking people seeing the cooked rice cake.
Banana wrapped with sticky rice with aromatic coconut fragrant mixed with the sweet taste of ripe bananas.
According to Miss Tam, the shop uses only one type of mangrove charcoal, because of the reason that this type when baked little explosion, fire evenly, less smoke. When the outer leaves begin to burn, the yellow sticky rice sheet is released, and the fragrant rice is cooked.
Stir-fried banana salad will not taste full without coconut milk and peanuts. The sweetness of ripe bananas mixed with the fragrant plasticity, fatty flavour of coconut and roasted peanuts create a simple dish but holding the customers.
Guests are crowded, but the cake is always hot. She said, there are 1,200 bananas sold in one day, the day that has less customers at least sold 700.
Grilled banana is a dish that has been around for a long time and is quite popular on Saigon streets.
The shop is open from 7am to nearly 10pm. Most of the guests come here to pick up because there is no space to sit back. This is also the biggest defect of this address.
For more than two decades, Miss Tam and relatives are still attached to the profession, caring for each batch of bananas. "Once invited to a foreign food organization to introduce dishes, but she did not dare to go because they are afraid to go abroad," she said.
Saigon has many restaurants along the road, with the food has become familiar with many people. Each place has a different taste and service, but in summary, anyone who visits the city without trying to sit at a sidewalk, enjoying some baked bananas, a bowl of noodles or a cup of coffee is worthy.