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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Day 26: Banh Tet Chuoi (Vietnamese Sticky Rice Cakes with Bananas)

Day 26 Banh Tet Chuoi
Banh Tet Chuoi (Vietnamese Sticky Rice Cakes with Bananas), steamed in banana leaves, $1.50 from Banh Mi and Che Cali in Alhambra. Anyone know how come baby bananas turn red after steaming? Banh Mi & Che Cali Restaurant 647 W. Valley Blvd. Alhambra, CA 91803 626-293-8396 ***** 1 year ago today, how to start quilting: choosing a design and buying supplies.


  1. It just doesn't seem fair that you are so close to so much of my favorite foods! I LOVE BANH TET CHUOI!

  2. My favorite and I thought you made it ;-) My mother in law makes its so yummy.

  3. I have no answer to that. I wonder how it taste like? I would love to have a bite of it since I love anything bananas. :)

  4. That looks really interesting, and I like the addition of bananas in it. Will check this out at my local vietnamese market. :)

  5. Nikki,
    You're not that far away.

    I was going to try. But I got lazy. :P

    The bananas taste like normal baby bananas. I'm just not sure why they change color.

    I hope you can find some where you are. They're one of my favorite things.

  6. Mm,I know there are some types of bananas whose meat turns pinkish-red upon ripening, but I have no idea why it would turn red upon steaming. Could be the potassium in it? But that doesn't make sense, either.
    So, basically, I'm not sure why. And am evidently showing my lack of knowledge in this field..oh my.

  7. Twistd Vzion,
    Thanks for being equally mystified with me? Hehe. I like your suggestion of potassium, but then how come my banana bread doesn't turn red? Can steaming and baking really be that different?

  8. Don't feel bad about not knowing why. Peg Bracken has a recipe for Banana Jam in her "I Hate to Cook" cookbook, and she warns - somethimes the bananas will turn pink when you cook them, sometimes they will not.

    Either way, it's very tasty, which makes me want to try your banana treat even more!

  9. Oddlyme,
    Now you've got me wondering about banana jam! I've never heard of such a thing.

  10. WC -

    I've never seen it for sale. I'd never heard of it before either until this recipe. It's very sweet but I have friends who ADORE it.

    Anyway, maybe Peg Bracken made the recipe up. if so, wow, kudos to her!

  11. Oddlyme,
    Thanks for your recipe. I'll have to try it soon! I'll probably decrease the sugar though. I don't like food to be too sweet.


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