The dish has now become a favorite snack for Hanoians during summer days.
Banh gio is also called banh tro orbanh nang, depending on the locality it comes from. It is made from glutinous rice soaked in the water of the ashes of various herbs and fruits.
Banh gio is served with molasses .
To make banh gio, soak glutinous rice in water filtered from the ash burnt from pomelo peel, mistletoe, chinaberry fruit, thorny amaranth and rice straw. Wrap the glutinous rice in bamboo, banana or dong leaves in a pyramid shape. Boil from three to four hours, then drain and keep them in an airy place.
Banh gio is served with molasses which is the secret behind the special taste of the dish.
Recommended places for trying Banh gio in Hanoi:
Banh gio Hai, Hom market, No. 79, Hue street.
Banh gio Homefood, No. 19, Truc Khe street
Banh gio in the Dong Xuan Market alley.
Thanh Loan Food, No. 103, Quan Thanh street.