Vietnamese Pizza (Banh Trang Nuong)
This is going to be a quick blog post – I made this on my Instagram a while ago and I’m posting the written recipe here now that I have this blog. Scroll down my highlights for visual reference at @pokethedough
Banh trang nuong is a popular street snack in Vietnam that can consist of a variety of toppings like egg, pink sausage, scallions, chili paste, laughing cow cheese, sweet chili sauce, pate, mayo, and fried shallots – all sandwiched together between crispy rice paper.
The name Vietnamese Pizza came from its visual appearance – a round blank slate and toppings. Is this anything like pizza or calzones? Nah, but the english translation of this street snack is admittedly pretty catchy so I can see how the name stuck.
I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. Making this on the stovetop is not going to be crispy as the ones made on a grill on the street, but I’d say it’s even more flavorsome because of everything I put in it – it’s highly customizable!
These amounts are actually guestimates – really just have these ingredients on hand and make these to your liking
1 standard size rice paper round sheet
1 tbsp chopped scallions
2 tsp chili paste (I used Sambal)
1/4 cup pink sausage or low-sodium Spam cut into thin 1/4 inch sticks (see pictures)
1 triangle of Laughing Cow cheese
2 tsp sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp Japanese mayo
2 tbsp fried shallots
Heat stovetop to high first. Place one sheet of rice paper on a flat crepe pan or large frying pan big enough to fit the whole sheet. Lower to medium-low heat.
Scatter scallions evenly on the sheet.
Spread chili paste evenly all over sheet.
Crack 1 egg right on top.
Scramble egg and spread all over the sheet.
Sprinkle sausage or Spam evenly all over.
Break the Laughing Cow cheese into pieces and sprinkle all over.
Spread or squeeze sweet chili sauce in stripes like so:
Squeeze mayo in alternating stripes.
Sprinkle fried shallots in similar fashion.
Fold over sheet in half (or cook for another minute and serve as is for more of a pizza style).
Flip over one time and cook for one more minute.
Wrap and serve.