White rose dumplings is a special and famous dish in Hoi An. This wonderful city is not only famous for its historical attractions and architecture but also delicious cuisine. White rose dumplings is one of the must-try local foods for tourists.

White rose dumplings Hoi An
White rose dumplings Hoi An

The origin of white rose dumplings

White rose dumplings was born about 130 years ago and created by a Chinese family. After that, it was preserved, developed and continued until now. This type of dish is one of kind of dimsum, so if you are a dimsum lover, this dish is always a must-try for you. Because dimsum can be found everywhere, but you can only enjoy White Rose Dumplings in Hoi An.

Dimsum
Dimsum

According to long-standing artisans who make Hoi An’s white rose dumplings, in the past, based on the shape of the cake, people used to call this cake Hoi An’s cauldron dumplings. One day, a foreign guest came to Hoi An and enjoyed this this dish. As soon as a guest saw the plate of dumplings, this person had to exclaim “Beautiful white rose”. Then, local people started calling this dish with a name that is extremely pretty, cheeky but no less beautiful and elegant – White Rose Dumplings.

White rose dumplings Hoi An
White rose dumplings Hoi An
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How to make white rose dumplings

Hoi An’s white rose dumplings are made very simply with extremely familiar ingredients. However, the important thing for you to make this dish successfully is perseverance, ingenuity and meticulous attention to every smallest detail. So let’s explore how to make this dish with us now.

Make white rose dumplings crust

The crust of dumplings and cauldron cakes are made from rice flour. However, if you want to make this white rose dumplings delicious, you need to use fragrant rice, firm grains. Then you should soak and wash thoroughly so that there are no husks or grit left. After that, you can bring grind the rice into flour.

Then, you need to let the powder settle to the bottom of the water and filtering out the water above. This step will take a bit of time. To make the dough delicious, you have to do it over and over again about 15 – 20 times until the dough settles and the remaining water is clear, then this step is completed. You drain the water and knead the dough and put it in a clean bowl.

Make filling of this unique dish

The fillings for Banh Bao and Banh Vac are completely different. Banh Bao is filled with crushed shrimp as the main ingredient, then spread into patties and seasoned with onions, pepper, and salt to make it rich to taste.

Banh Vac usually needs more filling, besides shrimp, there is also pork, wood ear mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, green onions, pepper and spices. After that, putting these ingredients in the same bowl, mix well and stir-fry in a pan, you will have the complete Banh Vac filling.

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How to shape white rose dumplings

When shaping this dish, if you don’t want to sticking to the dough when making it, you can use cooking oil to spread it evenly on both hands. Then, you pick off each small piece of dough, use your fingers to shape the dough to form a very thin and even crust and press with your thumb in the middle of the crust to get space for filling. After that, you can stuff the filling in and gently press the edges of the crust to cover the filling.

shape white rose dumplings
Cake shaping

After you have finished shaping, you can take the cake in a basket and steam it on the stove for about 10 to 15 minutes. When white rose dumplings is cooked, you can present it on a plate and enjoy it.

Visitors experience baking
Visitors experience baking

How to present white rose dumplings

To make it easier for diners to pick up the cake, you can put a piece of banana leaf on plate first and then put the cake on it. Banh Bao will be arranged in the center and then spread out around, and Banh Vac will be arranged alternately with the Banh Bao. Finally, spread a layer of crispy fried onions on the surface. This dish will be delicious  if you enjoy it while it’s still hot and eat it with sweet and sour fish sauce.

Simple but beautiful decoration
Simple but beautiful decoration

When enjoying this dish, you will feel the softness of the crust, followed by the softness and rich sweetness of the shrimp and meat mixed with the extremely harmonious and delicious dipping sauce.

Where to eat white rose dumplings

There are several restaurants serve this dish and each restaurant will have their recipe and way to cook this dish. The list we mention below that tourists can choose from to try this tasty white rose dumplings.

White Rose Restaurant

Address: 533 Hai Ba Trung Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City

Opening Hours: 7:00 a.m – 08:30 p.m

White Rose Restaurant
White Rose Restaurant

Trung Bac Restaurant

Address: 87 Tran Phu Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City

Opening Hours: 8:30 a.m – 10:30 p.m

Trong Com Restaurant

Address: 92 Bach Dang Street, Hoi An City

Opening Hours: 8:30 a.m – 10:30 p.m

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Conclusion

White rose dumplings is a unique and tasty in Hoi An. The softness of the crust, followed by the softness and sweetness of the shrimp and meat, will satisfy your taste right from the first bite. Therefore, let add this dish to the list of must-try dishes when you come to Hoi An right away.

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