Banh uot thit nuong (wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork), or grilled pork with steamed rice cake, is a beloved dish that holds a special place in the hearts of Hue locals and Vietnamese people nationwide. With its simple ingredients, anyone can easily recreate this culinary delight at home.

While traveling through Hue, Da Nang, and Hoi An, you’ll find banh uot thit nuong to be a popular choice. It’s considered a signature dish of the Central region, with the best version arguably found in Hue. In other cities, people have adapted the recipe, creating unique variations with their own distinct flavors.

1. What makes Hue wet cake special?

Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork is a humble yet incredibly appealing dish that is an integral part of the culinary culture of the ancient capital. What makes this dish unique is the delicious sesame-peanut dipping sauce. Unlike the “banh cuon thit nuong” also found in Hue. The wet cake batter is made with rice flour and tapioca flour, resulting in a thinner and more delicate crepe-like texture.

2. Ingredients for banh uot thit nuong (Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork)

Basic ingredients for making “Banh uot thit nuong” (Vietnamese wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork):

  • 700g Banh uot
  • 200g Pork
  • 3 Lemongrass  
  • Purple onion, garlic
  • Sesame seeds
  • Bean sprouts
  • Seasonings: pepper, miwon both mix, sugar, olive oil
Ingredients for banh uot thit nuong (Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork)
Ingredients for banh uot thit nuong (Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork)

3. Grilled meat

Grilling the pork is a crucial step that greatly determines the delicious taste of the dish. Depending on the local taste, the pork will be marinated and grilled in different ways. Here are the steps to grill pork in the standard Hue style:

Step 1: First, mince the garlic, onion, and lemongrass.

Step 2: Wash the pork and slice it into bite-sized pieces. Then marinate the pork according to the recipe. One tablespoon of sesame, one tablespoon of seasoning powder, minced garlic and onion, a little pepper, cooking oil, sugar, 2 tablespoons of minced lemongrass, etc. Mix well, and marinate for about 30 minutes.

Step 3: After marinating, take out the pork and mix it again. Use skewers to skewer the meat, or use a grill to grill over charcoal.

Step 4: During the grilling process, continuously flip the meat until it is beautifully golden brown and fragrant. Do the same until all the marinated meat is cooked.

4. How to make banh uot thit nuong (Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork)

Banh uot thit nuong Hue is a characteristic dish of the ancient capital land, famous for its delicious taste and beautiful presentation. This dish is a perfect combination of soft rice paper, bold grilled meat, fresh vegetables, and fatty dipping sauce.

Step 1: Take a piece of rice paper and spread it out on a plate.

Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork - Banh uot cuon thit nuong
Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork – Banh uot cuon thit nuong

Step 2: Next, add some bean sprouts to the rice paper, along with a few herbs to add freshness.

Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork - Banh uot cuon thit nuong
Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork – Banh uot cuon thit nuong

Step 3: Add some grilled pork to the bean sprouts and herbs. Add just enough grilled pork to make the roll look more appealing.

Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork - Banh uot cuon thit nuong
Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork – Banh uot cuon thit nuong

Step 4: Gently roll the rice paper from bottom to top and enjoy with the delicious peanut sauce.

Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork - Banh uot cuon thit nuong
Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork – Banh uot cuon thit nuong

5. How to make banh uot dipping sauce

The dipping sauce plays a crucial role in creating the delicious flavor of Hue grilled pork and rice paper rolls. Here are the instructions on how to make a delicious dipping sauce like the ones served in restaurants:

Step 1: Saute onions and garlic until fragrant on the stove. Add minced shrimp and pork liver and stir until cooked through. Next, add the cooked glutinous rice porridge to the pot. Finally, add a small amount of fermented bean curd and stir until well combined.

Step 2: If the dipping sauce is too thick, you can add a little water. To add more nuttiness, you can add roasted peanuts and sesame seeds. Additionally, if you like spicy food, you can add fresh chili or chili powder.

Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork - Banh uot cuon thit nuong
Wrapped wet rice paper with grilled pork – Banh uot cuon thit nuong