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Mooncake is no doubt one of the most iconic cakes in Hanoi given the fact that mooncake is the soul of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The cakes vary in round and square shape, of which the round mooncakes represent the Sky while the square ones symbolize the Earth.
Mooncake has long been hailed for its wide range of crusts and fillings. One can either choose sticky or baked crust to their likings. Regarding the tasty fillings, the most traditional and favorite sweet filling are mung bean paste, lotus seed paste. Other popular fillings are taro paste, red bean, black bean, chocolate, tea powder, minced coconut meat, sesame, young green rice. One or more salted duck egg yolk could be put in the middle of sweet filling to make the cake tastier, according to Scooter Saigon.
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Green Rice Cake
Green rice cake is probably one of the capital's most crucial symbols of gastronomy and elegance. The small square green cake wrapped in a thin, see-through layer of plastic looks just amazing from its appearance. From the very first bites, the sticky cake melts in your mouth. The mild sweetness of the mung-bean fillings would definitely make your day!
The meticulous and elegant steps to make green rice cakes are described in this video.
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Shrimp cake, one of the many Vietnamese dishes touted by CNN, is another must-try cake at the touch of autumn in Hanoi. The crunchy, perfectly-seasoned shrimp cakes are eaten with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.
The cake was deeply rooted in Vietnamese cuisine and was a very common street food in Hanoi in the 1930s. Banh Tom Ho Tay (in No.1 Thanh Nien Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi) is among the top famous dining establishments in Hanoi to enjoy the cakes.
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