Vietnamese Doughnut is One of the Best Fried Food On The Planet: CNN
The American news channel has been keeping a keen eye on Vietnamese cuisine. In May 2022, the CNN channel has listed banh cam, a southern Vietnamese deep-fried glutinous rice ball, as one of 30 best fried foods in the world.
Banh Cam - Vietnam
|Banh Cam is made with tender glutinous rice flour and filled with mung bean paste, the balls are then rolled in sesame seeds and fried. Banh ran is a similar variation found in northern Vietnam. Photo: CNN|
"Though the name translates to "orange cake," there's no orange flavor in these deep-fried rice balls. Instead, these southern Vietnamese sweets are named for their visual resemblance to an orange," CNN editors said.
Banh cam is made with tender glutinous rice flour and filled with mung bean paste. The balls are then rolled in sesame seeds and fried. It is a highly favored dessert in the southern region.
A northern parallel to this dish is the "banh ran", but this variation has a sugary syrup poured over it. The best combination to try is to mix the banh cam and banh ran, according to the locals.
Earlier this month, CNN has included Vietnam's popular banh mi in a list of the world's 23 best sandwiches, saying "it is widely loved well beyond the country's borders."
The CNN list also includes Japan’s tempura, India’s jalebi, a batter piped through a muslin cloth into the oil and then dipped in sugar syrup, the U.S.’s cronuts, Japan’s panko-breaded chicken cutlets called katsu, South Korea’s fried chicken and Hong Kong’s prawn toast.
Tempura - Japan
Tempura is a dish of vegetables fried in a light batter and served with soy sauce. Vegetable tempura is such a simple dish! The batter is made with just a few ingredients, and everything comes together in just a few steps.
Pakora - India
Pakora is a catchall term for a variety of Indian vegetable fritters, which can be made with anything from potatoes and eggplant to cabbage and spinach as a base.
Traditionally made with a variety of chickpea flour known as besan flour, these fritters can vary in shape and size depending on the specific vegetables used. Bread pakora consists of slices of bread dipped in batter and deep fried, often with vegetables such as potatoes stuffed between slices.
Churros - Spain, Portugal and Latin America
Delicious churros sticks are deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. You can dip them into melted chocolate.The batter is piped through a star-shaped tip into hot oil to give the churro its signature shape. Churros are frequently dusted with cinnamon sugar and dipped into café con leche, hot chocolate or dulce de leche.
Jalebi - India
A batter is piped through a muslin cloth into the oil, then dipped in sugar syrup for a chewy-crunchy texture. Like many other foods that cross modern borders, it's popular in other parts of Asia, too. The batter is piped through a muslin cloth into the oil, then dipped in sugar syrup for a chewy-crunchy texture.
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