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Mini bánh tiêu (Asian fried sweet sesame donut)

>> Monday, October 10, 2011

{Delicious Vietnam #18}

Mini bánh tiêu (Asian fried sweet sesame donut)

Have I told you that Sunday is usually a big cooking day in my home? My MIL and I, having done most of our weekly chores, often cook together in the afternoon. We never really have a set plan. We cook whichever inspires us when we have our breakfast on the day.

We have made a lot of things, mostly Asian stuffs because it is our heritage. Sometimes my MIL and I are even crazy enough to serve yum cha (dim sum) items (a kind of brunch food) at Sunday dinner. Other times, we made lots of satays from scratch, on the BBQ outside despite the rain. Well, see how we can get along?

Mini bánh tiêu (Asian fried sweet sesame donut)

Yesterday I decided that I craved for fried Asian sweet donuts (bánh tiêu, or the Chinese name Ham Chin Peng). These donuts can be found across Asia. It's yeasted fried dough, which has been slightly sweetened and has a lot of sesame seeds. In a perfect world, the donut should be round and are hollow inside. Our Mine were not exactly like that.

"Isn't it gonna puffed up?" said my MIL.
"Maybe the oil is not hot enough"....
"Oh wait. This tastes goood. Like I used to have in my childhood"....

Just like that, she called my FIL and my sister down to share the food. Minus the ugly and not-so-authentic appearance, the texture of these donuts was spot on and they were delicious fresh. (That is why I don't like to make the ready-made bánh tiêu from Asian groceries. They are often stale and too chewy!).

Mini bánh tiêu (Asian fried sweet sesame donut)

The trick for a hollow-inside donut is to shape them fairly thin, let them rest plentiful before frying (I didnt do this!), and a lot of hot oil. Having learned my lesson, let's hope my next attempt will be better.

A little late, but I am sending this entry to Delicious Vietnam #18. This month host is the lovely bonniebella. Please head to her blog for the round up some time later this week.

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Mini bánh tiêu (Asian fried sweet sesame donut)


Christine 9:41 PM  

yum! i think i've seen these around at Asian shops before but I've never tried them before. freshly deep fried foods for the win!

leaf (the indolent cook) 9:55 PM  

Oh my goodness I miss these so much! It's amazing how something with such simple ingredients can be so delicious.

Pam 9:59 PM  

Oh, I love these!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 10:02 PM  

Those look so delicious and irresistible! What an awesome treat.



Hannah 10:50 PM  

Oh my, swoon! These look and sound amazing!!

Magda 10:56 PM  

I'm a fan of all things doughnut but never knew there was an Asian version! I have to try these. Thanks Ahn!
Your photographs are beautiful.

Jo 11:49 PM  

The pictures look like our version of Ham Chim Peng and after reading your post I realised, heh it is! I like the salty version of it more than the sweet one. Guess what too .. I just had some over the weekend. Lovely clicks btw.

La Table De Nana 7:02 AM  

I love how you have presented the recipe:)

They look like something my husband would adore..
I adore that you love cooking w/ your MIL:)

Always a pleasure to visit.

Martyna@WholesomeCook 7:33 AM  

Oh wow! They look and sound delicious! Love sesame and your photos!

Jennifer (Delicieux) 8:47 AM  

I've never heard of Asian donuts before, but they look delicious, even if they are not perfect :D

JavelinWarrior 8:53 AM  

These are delicious looking - I've never sesame encrusted fried dough, but pretty much anything fried would have to be delicious :) Oh, and I love the story behind the food.

chinmayie @ love food eat 12:15 PM  

These look so yummy! We have several deep fried sweets in India which look similar. Some of them have sesame seeds on top too!!

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed 2:48 PM  

Oh! I remember these from Vietnam. How good to make them and then enjoy the childhood memory :) So special.
Heidi xo

Phuoc'n Delicious 2:50 PM  

Beautiful photography and recipe card Anh! I remember having these when I was younger. I loved banh cam too!

Mrs Ergül 2:54 PM  

It is lovely when you hear of MILs and DILs getting along well. I'm glad my mum and SIL are the same if not it will be havoc!

I'm lucky there is a stall at the train station where I work who makes these fried buns fresh and still hot most of the time!! Lovely attempt!

Sukaina 4:09 PM  

We have something similar in Tanzania that we call mandazis- except that there is a pinch if cardamom in the dough and instead of sesame, we use fennel seeds. Yummy...

Yasmeen 4:56 PM  

I just love the sound of these! Can't get enough sesame in my life. I suppose letting them rest is an important step, but yours look amazing anyway.

How nice that you and your MIL have such a good relationship. I am also quite close with mine, and really value having that family support while I'm far away from my own parents (in the US).

Kitchen Flavours 5:12 PM  

Wow....simply fab recipe...we too make something similar to it in India and we call it 'Khajur'....nice shots....

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen 6:01 PM  

Oh those look irresistible!

Little Corner of Mine 2:06 AM  

This is one of my favorite snacks too. Best when eaten warm!

Jehanne 4:10 AM  

Hiya thanks for the visit, and how I wish those beauties can be gobbled up from my own table!

Tanvi@SinfullySpicy 6:07 AM  

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful & new donut recipe with authentic desserts like these..yum!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9:30 AM  

It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your MIL! What a delicious recipe you've shared.

pickyin @ LifeIsGreat 2:06 PM  

I always enjoy reading your cooking-with-MIL stories. Also, satay from scratch at home? I'm want to stay with you.

Nic@diningwithastud 2:22 PM  

Its all about the taste. Although I dont see what wrong with the look either? I'd devour all of them haha

foodwanderings 4:01 PM  

Love this post and reading about your Sunday brunch rituals. I love these sesame doughnuts to me they look incredible!! I made different kind of doughnuts with a hole inside for an upcoming post. Funny coincidence!! :)

Cindy 9:57 PM  

this is amazing!!!

I remember when I was younger in Vietnam, we used to always eat banh tieu and banh bo (the white one) - can u write a post on that too?


Shirley @ Kokken69 1:45 AM  

I do enjoy a good ham chin pang too. Love the easy relationship you have with your MIL :)

Lisa H. 11:46 AM  

So sweet... love your post about you bonding with your MIL...
Love your ham chim peng... and photos too :D

Nami | Just One Cookbook 5:14 PM  

Recently I had Chinese donuts at a restaurant and I really enjoyed it. I forgot that we Asian had our style donuts too (more light not so heavy and sweets)! The Japanese have similar one too. These look so yummy!

JavelinWarrior 11:36 PM  

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ginger and scotch 5:35 AM  

I've never had fried Asian sweet donuts but will see if I can source some next time I'm home in NYC and give it a try.

shaz 12:03 AM  

I think they look cute! And very delicious.

Thanh @ eat, little bird 2:46 AM  

What beautiful photos! I absolutely love bánh tiêu. It's something I see occasionally at the grocery store in Zurich but not very often. I would love to try these at home!

mycookinghut 8:12 AM  

I love eating this sweet donut! Need to give it a try at home!

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