In 2012, we had a Vietnam trip, and while we were in Hanoi, we ate in this local seafood place (not a place for tourists…) we ordered fish and shells. The people working there was having dinner at another table, they gave us something they were eating, very good. It was with small pieces of meat with sparkled with some powder and herbs and rolled with rice paper. It was delicious.
Suddenly some 4 years later, I’m craving for this plate, anyone know what’s the name of this dish? Any help will be appreciated.
Bi cuon is usually served already rolled for you. Bi (julienned pork and pork skin with toasted rice powder) is also served with broken rice dishes (com tam), dry noodle bowls, or in sandwiches. The style of eating with dried rice paper and herb/salad plates is a typical way of eating, accompanying all kinds of proteins, and is not necessarily unique to a specific dish (although certain dishes will call for specific combinations). So while it could be “bi”, that chunky style is unfamiliar to me. The dark toast on the rice powder makes me think of a different dish.