Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Banh Tam (Steamed Tapioca)

Banh tam is one of my favorite Vietnamese snack. It is chewy and soft at the same time...mmmm. I made it a little different than the store bought one. Mine are more on the soft and sweet side. To my sis, here is the recipe. This recipe should feed at least 4 adults. Just double the ingredients if you want to make more. I made double ingredients so I can eat this for 2-3 days...LOL


400 grm grated tapioca/cassava (or 1 bag)
65 grm sugar (about 1/2 cup)
2 tbsp tapioca starch
125 ml water
1 pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla (powder is better)
1/2 bag of grated coconut

1/2 tsp pandan paste (optional)

1. Steam grated coconut for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.
2. In a bowl, add in grated tapioca, sugar, tapioca starch, pinch of salt, and water. Mix well.
3. Divide the ingredient mixture into 2 and then add food coloring to each. Optional (for green, use pandan flavor. For purple, use red and blue food coloring.)
4. Grease the pans with some cooking oil. Pour in the mixture into the pans and steam for 25 minutes.
5. Let the cake cool a little before cutting. Cut the cake into strips and roll them in the grated coconut one by one.
6. Cover leftover and put it in the refrigerator. Just microwave when you want to eat again the next day.

(Note: You can serve with ground peanut + sugar mixture. Also, if you want the cake to be harder and chewier then use less water.)


Bea ~ passionate said...

Hey Ch3rri- blossoms,

I haven't seen any fresh casava or tapioca being sold in Australia, except the frozen ones. Will the recipe work for me and how would I go about doing it if I was to use the frozen stuff?


ch3rri said...

Hi Bea,

The cassava is also called yuca. The frozen one works the same. Because the frozen have more water in it, you can use lesser amount of water. If you want it to be a little firmer then definitely cut the water. You can cut the recipe in half if you don't have that much cassava. And you don't have to make all three color either. Happy cooking! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ch3rri Blossoms - I've been looking for this recipe for a long time. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Where can you find shredded cassava in the states? Could you make your own? Thanks.

ch3rri said...

You can find frozen grated cassava at the Vietnamese or Chinese supermarket. It should be at the frozen section.