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White rose dumplings: A distinctive delicacy of Hoi An

15/04/2024 2099 views

White rose dumplings, with their delicate appearance and exquisite taste, have long been hailed as a culinary masterpiece in the ancient town of Hoi An. Keep reading to understand a hundred-year-old delicacy in the ancient town!

White rose dumplings

White rose dumplings, with a delicate appearance resembling rose petals, are a delight to not only the taste buds but also the eyes (Source: Collected)

Renowned for their delicate appearance and exquisite taste, white rose dumplings hold a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors to the ancient town of Hoi An. From the fragrant aroma of freshly steamed dumplings to the charming decor of rustic eateries, every aspect of the dining experience adds to the allure of this Hoi An specialty. Enrich your Vietnam travels with the Hoi An dumplings’ flavor symphony.

1. The features of Hoi An white rose dumplings

White rose dumplings are a beloved specialty of Hoi An, much like a treasured heirloom passed down through generations that the local people take pride in. To truly savor the culinary essence of Hoi An ancient town, travelers must indulge in this delicacy at least once.

Among the myriad Vietnamese dumplings, white rose dumplings are a longstanding delicacy that dates back over a century. Hoi An’s rose dumplings consist of two types, “banh bao” and “banh vac.” “Banh bao” are round, slightly smaller than typical dumplings, with the top spread out to mirror the look of a flower. On the other hand, “banh vac” feature a crescent shape reminiscent of either the moon or the handle of a cauldron.

The name “white rose dumplings” is derived from their petite shape and elegant appearance. With a layer of translucent white rice wrapper encasing a pink filling, they resemble delicate roses. This iconic dish encapsulates the rich culinary heritage of Hoi An and is a must-try for visitors seeking an authentic taste of the region.

“Banh bao” and “banh vac” are typically served together

“Banh bao” and “banh vac” are typically served together (Source: Collected)

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2. How to make Hoi An white rose dumplings

The process of crafting Hoi An white rose dumplings is as elegant as its name implies, involving meticulous preparation and cooking techniques. From the carefully selected ingredients to the intricate folding and steaming process, every step contributes to the creation of this delectable dish.

The primary ingredient for white rose dumplings, rice flour, undergoes thorough sifting and filtration to achieve its signature translucent appearance. Once kneaded into a smooth dough, it is shaped into elongated forms, cut into even portions, and flattened into thin, uniform wrappers.

The filling, typically a blend of shrimp or finely ground meat and wood-ear mushrooms, seasoned with pepper, scallions, salt, and fish sauce, is traditionally stir-fried. However, modern variations may opt for raw filling for ease of wrapping and shaping. The dough is then gently enveloped around the filling, ensuring the skin adheres tightly and the filling is secured. After steaming for 10 to 15 minutes, the dumplings transform into enticingly translucent morsels, releasing irresistible aromas.

Completing the culinary experience is the dipping sauce, which features a perfect balance of sour, spicy, and sweet notes. This perfect accompaniment enhances the natural sweetness of the filling, the fragrance of the rice wrapper, and the overall richness of the dish, delighting diners with every bite.

White rose dumplings

Each layer of the white rose dumpling Hoi An resembles the velvety petals of a blooming rose (Source: Collected)

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3. Where to eat white rose dumplings in Hoi An?

As one of the most famous specialties in Hoi An, white rose dumplings are served in numerous eateries, restaurants, and even street food stalls in the Hoi An Market and throughout the Hoi An Ancient Town. For the most authentic flavor, the renowned White Rose Dumpling Restaurant is highly recommended. 

  • Address: No. 533 Hai Ba Trung Street, Cam Pho District, Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Opening hours: 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM daily

Regarded as the birthplace of this distinctive yet familiar Hoi An delicacy, the White Rose Dumpling Restaurant is a must-visit for an authentic culinary experience. Besides enjoying the delicious food, patrons can engage with skilled artisans crafting the dumplings and even partake in hands-on lessons to create these delectable treats.

This establishment has garnered numerous compliments from both locals and tourists alike. The visually appealing, plump, and flavorful, freshly prepared dumplings are sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

Due to its popularity, the restaurant tends to draw large crowds, often resulting in fully occupied tables. Therefore, it is advisable to make reservations in advance if you plan to visit this establishment.

A White Rose Dumpling restaurant

The White Rose Dumpling restaurant is considered the origin of Hoi An white rose dumplings (Source: Collected)

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*The information in this article is for reference only. Kindly contact the establishments prior to your visit for the most up-to-date details regarding their address, opening hours, and prices.

4. The best way to enjoy Hoi An white rose dumplings

Once steamed to perfection, the white rose dumplings are beautifully arranged and placed atop fresh banana leaves. Typically, the “banh bao” occupy the center, encircled by the “banh vac,” followed by a generous sprinkle of crispy golden-fried shallots on top. Adjacent sits a bowl of aromatic, sweet, and tangy dipping fish sauce.

To enjoy the dish appropriately, pick up a piece of the dumpling and dip it generously into the tantalizing sauce. Instantly, you will experience a harmonious fusion of flavors and textures: the softness of the dumpling skin, the savory filling, and the rich dipping sauce, all enticing your taste buds.

White rose dumplings are an irresistible Hoi An culinary creation

White rose dumplings are an irresistible Hoi An culinary creation (Source: Collected)

White rose dumplings are an emblem of Hoi An’s rich culinary heritage, captivating locals and travelers alike with their exquisite taste and meticulous preparation. With their delicate appearance and harmonious blend of flavors, these dumplings offer a sensory experience that leaves an indelible impression on every diner.

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