Husband and Wife Cakes
Banh Phu The

 

 

 

Husband and Wife Cakes


A traditional Vietnamese dessert from Hue, its name comes from the two parts that are tied together with a
string of coconut and encased in a delicate box made of pandanus leaves

4 cups (1 liter) water
5 cups (500 g) tapioca flour
1 and 1/3 cups (250 g) sugar
1/2 cup (50 g) freshly grated coconut
2/3cup (150 g) dried yellow mung
beans, soaked in water overnight
to soften
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar syrup (1/2 cup/
100 g sugar dissolved in 1/2 cup/
125 ml boiling water)
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon fragrant essence (pomelo,
pandanus or orange)
10 pandanus leaf cups (see note) or
cup cake molds

 

 

 

1 Heat the water, tapioca flour, sugar and grated coconut in a saucepan or
small pot over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mix-
ture turns into a paste. Remove and set aside to cool.
2 Steam the soaked mung beans for about 20 minutes until cooked. Remove
and mash into a paste. Combine with the sugar syrup and oil in a small pot
and heat over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mix-
ture is thick. Add the fragrant essence, mix well and remove from the heat.
3 Place a thin layer of the tapioca paste into each pandanus leaf cup or cup
cake mold. Add 1 tablespoon of the mung bean paste on top and cover with
another layer of the tapioca paste, steam the cakes in a steamer for about
20 minutes, until transparent and cooked.

Note: To make a pandanus leaf cup, cut a pandanus leaf into 10 in (25 cm)
long segments, with its ridge running along the center. On one side, snip
the leaf until the center into 5 equal sections, each measuring 2 in (5 cm)
long. Hold the leaf with the snipped side facing down, then fold in from
one end of the leaf, overlapping the snipped sections as you fold, until a
2-in (5-cm) square cup Is formed. Secure the end with a toothpick or staple.

 

Makes 10 cakes Preparation time: 45 mins Cooking time: 1 hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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