This simple dish contains a cultural feature attached to the childhood of many generations of Hanoians.
Banh da ke to Hanoians
The street vendor selling Banh da ke on the bicycle in small valleys left a deep imprint in the soul of Hanoi. The seller does not need to bring many things: Only a bag of crispy baked rice paper in front and a pot of ke in the rear with green bean and sugar.
The price for this dish in the past was 2,000-3,000VND but it changes nowadays although its favor will never change. The best time to enjoy Banh da ke is immediately after it is done because after some minutes this food is not crispy any more.
Banh da ke now is not as attractive as other foods in Hanoi so the sellers of this dish are not as much as in the past. However, anytime Hanoians see a Banh da ke seller, they will buy at any price. The favor of Banh da ke sometimes comes from the simplicity of the ingredients which recalls the childhood memories.
Where to eat
Local people often enjoy this dish in the autumn. You cannot find any specific address for banh da ke but you can go along Hang Bong street in Old Quarter, Dong Tac market or Kim Lien high school.