Jake Wildstrom (jackbishop) wrote in photastic,
Jake Wildstrom

  • Music:

Question about bánh tầm

I'm a tremendous fan of Vietnamese cuisine of all sorts, and one of my favorite dishes is bánh tầm bì, but it occurs to me, as an ignorant white boy, that I might be committing cultural sins with regard to my mode of consuming this delight. How is one supposed to use the coconut milk/cream? I always just pour some of it (not the whole dish) over top of the noodle bowl, since I don't know what else to do with it, and I enjoy the flavor of doing so, but is there something else which is traditional? (I also pour the nuoc cham, to the chagrin of dining-companions less enamored of fish sauce). I know that nuoc cham is usually meant as a dipping sauce, and even though I can't imagine bánh tầm as a dippable, I'm constantly unsure whether what I'm doing is somehow a gaffe.

On a related note, is there any sort of rule on which of coconut milk or thick coconut cream is more appropriate to the dish? I've had it both ways and have a personal preference for the cream, which makes for a less soupy bottom of the bowl, but is there one way it's usually done?
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.