Bánh cống Sóc Trăng impresses foodies from near and far

September 13, 2022 - 09:49
This Mekong River Delta province is a cradle of several popular tasty dishes.

Hoàng Lan

The southern province of Sóc Trăng is not only well-known nationwide for its attractive tourist sites like Ngã Năm floating market and Dơi Temple, but also for its many food specialties such as bánh cống (a traditional hand-made rice cake).

"This Mekong Delta province is a cradle of several popular tasty dishes," said Hoàng Thị Chanh, 65.

“The origin of this cake has an aromatic flavour and special fragrance that diners love from the first bite thanks to its buttery taste mixed with the powdery sweetness of green bean, shrimp and pork," she said.

Sóc Trăng Province is well known for its specialty, locally known as 'bánh cống'. Photo dienmayxanh.com

“The cake is a popular dish that lures the interests of masses of people.” 

Ingredients for the cake include rice flour, soybean, green bean, shrimp, pork, dried onion and spices.

The cake is also known as cống, due to its origins from the Khmer ethnic minority, said Chanh.

She added that making the cake needs quality rice. The rice should be soaked in water for two days before being ground into a wet powder with a little salt, before continuing to soak for one more day to make the cake’s cover crispy.


The cake is more enjoyable when being dipped in a bowl of attractive and special sauce made of vinegar or lime, Phú Quốc fish sauce, chilli and others. Photo dienmayxanh.com

Chanh said local cake makers often buy fresh shrimps from boats returning from sea. It is steamed while pork is ground.

The cake is more enjoyable when dipped in Phú Quốc fish sauce, made from anchovies, chilli, lime and pepper.

The process of making the dumpling also needs careful techniques. The minced pork, shrimp and marinated green bean are fried with chicken eggs, said Chanh, noting that experienced cooks know how to manage the fire while frying the cake. Often, minced dried purple onion grown in Sóc Trăng’s Vĩnh Châu is put into the mix too, giving the cake a special fragrance.


Ingredients to make the cake's dumpling include green bean, pork, shrimp and others. Photo dienmayxanh.com

Bánh cống is also used on alters to worship ancestors on the occasion of Tết and death anniversaries.

The cake is more enjoyable when eaten with fresh vegetables such as lettuce, mint leaves, basil, fish mint, and cabbage dipped in sour and sweet sauce.

“You can cut the cake into pieces and use these herbs and vegetables to wrap it before dipping. Doing so would give you an enchanted manor and an attractive experience you will never forget,” Chanh said.

A plate of fragrant and tasty 'bánh cống'. Photo dulich.petrotimes

Triệu Thu Hoài, a tourist from Hà Nội, said that among many specialties of the Mekong Delta, bánh cống in Sóc Trăng has a special ranking that helps to bring the province become one of the centres of Việt Nam’s culinary map.

“It is known as nosh, but I can eat the cake instead of rice without being satiated. I like the cake so much,” she said, advising that visitors and travellers to Sóc Trăng should not forget to enjoy to cake, particularly at its birthplace of Đại Tâm Commune, “it will make you completely pleased.” VNS


- Bánh Cống Đại Tâm

28 Đại Chí Hamlet, Đại Tâm Commue,  Mỹ Xuyên District.

Opening hours: 15:00 to 21:00.

- Bánh Cống Đại Tâm

158 Tân Thọ Hamlet, Sóc Trăng City. 

- Bánh Cóng Phượng Vĩ

101 Phú Lợi, ward 2, Đại Tâm Commune.

Opening hours: 10:00am to 21:00pm

Phone number: 0794 324 822

- Bánh Cống Cô Nga

 Đại Tâm Commune, Mỹ Xuyên District. 

- Bánh Cóng - Bún nước lèo Đại Tâm

 104 Highway1A, Đại Tâm, Mỹ Xuyên District.

Opening hours: all day time.

Phone number: 0335 350 455