(Bánh Tráng Nướng) Vietnamese Pizza


Street-food. It is in the top three reasons why we travel. I have learned so much from my culinary adventures around the world. It has truly made me a better home cook.

The Asian continent always seems to have the most street vendors. For today’s recipe we are visiting Vietnam, one of our favorite countries to visit. When we landed in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) at midnight one might think food could be a problem. Ha! That would be a seriously incorrect assumption. The street outside our hostile was filled with BBQ smoke and hundreds of vendors that stretched for at least ten blocks. We ate and drank beer until 4am. It was heaven.

2am in the ‘Backpacker Ghetto’ a great first night in Vietnam

A few days later we found ourselves on the Mekong Delta in a small town called Can Tho. We had planned to go out to a restaurant for dinner that night, but stumbled upon a town square that was full of street food vendors. So, How about a snack and a cold beer to start the evening? We walked around the square, had a fried won ton filled with meat and a quail egg (recipe in a future blog) and set off to see what our restaurant options were.

As you can guess, after an hour of looking at overpriced menus, we returned to the street-food. This is when we found Bánh Tráng Nướng, Vietnamese Pizza. We would have this dish many times over the next month.

Bánh Tráng Nướng

Yesterday the sun was shining in Torrevieja and we decided to have a BBQ on our roof top. I remembered this dish and of course I had to try making it. Below is the video we filmed in Can Tho of “The Real Deal”.

So here is the run down. The “crust” is your standard sheet of rice paper. I always have these on hand to make spring rolls.

The toppings can be anything you want. Traditionally it may be dried shrimp, veggies, scallions, chicken etc. It’s a pizza. I just went to the refrigerator and picked out what we had, in this case a variety of peppers, green onions and some ham. I did a quick saute to cook the items.

We went to the roof and got the coals going. The first attempt failed. Too hot and the rice paper just immediately burned, so low heat. The next two turned out perfect. Lay the rice paper down, crack two quail eggs, spread evenly, add toppings and turn the pizza so the edges all brown evenly.

And that is it. The sauce is mayonnaise mixed with Sriracha.

Have fun with this! Share it with your friends at your next BBQ, I think they will be impressed!

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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