Looks like something out of the high times recipe section but I assure this is also an actual snack in Việt Nam. I'm a big fan of chewy rice buns, but I'm not too keen on the Vietnamese style filled with quail eggs and a nearly grotesque amount of ground pork. Too much pig.
Note the grease stains on the paper bag. That's no accident. Bánh bao chiên was born to please, and it's not worried about your waistline.
Rip it open and find something different from your usual Vietnamese 'Bánh bao'. This little oil-dipped bun's stuffed with shredded chicken, pork and mushrooms- with a palatable proportion of each. The dough is softy and plush on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside with a golden tan that approaches Valentino Garavani status. Look for them at the big fry shop on Nguyễn Trãi street in D1, near Trần Đình Xu. 20.000 VND.
Ngon ghê nhưng mà bây giờ là Bánh bao này có mắc hơn năm trước. Hai chục một cái? Giá giống như bên Mỹ!