A vacation in Vietnam with destination Hoi An – the place has best street food . And one of the best street foods in the ancient city of Hoi An in Vietnam that visitors should not miss when traveling to this ancient town is ‘Vac’ cake (dubbed as White Rose), which is made from simple ingredients of rice flour and fresh shrimp.
Vac cake is basically a dumpling comprising of two small 2-inch diameter rounds of rice paper, with a dime-sized lump of meat filling right in the center.
When the rice paper is steamed, the edges get soft and chewy and warp a little, making the dumpling look like a white flower. They are presented about 15 on a plate, topped with crunchy bits of toasty garlic and served with a sweet dipping sauce.
When prepared well the texture is soft but slightly chewy, sweet from the sauce and crunchy/salty from the toasted garlic, savory from the shrimp meat filling. The translucence of the flour along with the color of the shrimp meat gives it the appearance of a white rose petal.
In a small restaurant at the end of Hai Ba Trung Street, travellers can easily find many Vac cakes for consumption. The outside of this store looks like a residential property more than a restaurant. When visitors arrive at the restaurant, the owner will welcome guests with a tray of three specific dishes to the restaurant: dumplings, Vac cakes and wonton.