Banh Vietnamese Shop House, on the Upper West Side, lavishes unusual care and preparation on dishes rarely seen in New York.
Banh Mi and So Much More
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By Pete Wells
The Vietnamese rice cake known as banh chung is typically begun at least a day in advance, by soaking sticky rice in water. The next day, a large green leaf is spread with the successive layers that will make up the cake: some soaked rice, cooked mung beans, marinated pork and finally more rice. This is wrapped in the leaf and tied into a neat bundle that will be boiled as long as necessary; several hours is not unusual.
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