A Food Lover's Travel Guide to the Best of Vietnamese Food

Banh Bong Lan

Sponge Cake

In Vietnam, sponge cake has changed a lot since it was introduced by the French. It's still possible to get the traditional varieties, but for the most part the recipes have been altered to fit ingredients popular in Vietnam. These treats can be found in bakeries, at street vendor stalls, even bicycles that roam the street looking for buyers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In Vietnamese, bánh bông lan means cake flower orchid.

Popular Types

  • Bánh bông lan bơ - with butter
  • Bánh bông lan cam - with orange
  • Bánh bông lan cuộn - rolled
  • Bánh bông lan dâu - with strawberry
  • Bánh bông lan dừa - with coconut
  • Bánh bông lan hấp - steamed version
  • Bánh bông lan hột vịt muối - salted duck egg
  • Bánh bông lan kem tươi - with whipped cream
  • Bánh bông lan kiểu Nhật - Japanese style (main difference is the use of honey)
  • Bánh bông lan lá dứa - pandan cake
  • Bánh bông lan mặn = savoury version - sometimes contains dry shredded pork (thit chà bông), sausage (lạp xưởng), dry shrimp (tôm chấy)
  • Bánh bông lan mật ong - with honey
  • Bánh bông lan mùi chanh - with lemon
  • Bánh bông lan nho khô - with raisins
  • Bánh bông lan phô mai - cheese is used to moisten the cake, or a hunk of cheese is just hidden in it.
  • Bánh bông lan sầu riêng - with durian
  • Bánh bông lan sôcôla - with chocolate
  • >Bánh bông lan thơm - with pineapple
  • Bánh bông lan trái cây - fruit cake
  • Bánh bông lan trứng muối - with salted egg
Banh Bong Lan or Sponge Cake with salted duck egg

Bánh bông lan hột vịt muối (sponge cake with salted duck egg)

Where To Find It:

Ho Chi Minh City
Bánh Bông Lan Trứng Muối - 156 Phú Thọ Hòa (will deliver), or at on of the many street vendors scattered across the city.