West Lake Shrimp Cake, one of top 7 specialties of Hanoi, was sold only in Co Ngu street (the old name of Thanh Nien street) and now this type of cake is also offered in luxury restaurants.
The West Lake shrimp cake is a type of batter-dipped shrimp patties that were originally made and served by a state-owned restaurant next to West Lake in the 1970’s. Originally, freshwater shrimp that were caught from West Lake were used to make the dish, hence geographically inspired moniker. The West Lake shrimp cake is served with sweet and sour fish sauce, green papaya and carrot slices.
There’s nothing too complicated to make shrimp cakes, just simple combination of flour, tapioca flour, potato and fresh shrimp. Cakes after frying will be left to reduce fat and served with sweet and sour fish sauce and a little salad.
But the point of making a big difference is the fried shrimp that must be catched from the West Lake. Because only this kind of shrimp brings dinners a taste of the firm, mild and sweet meat that you can not find elsewhere. Today activities have much changed, shrimp caught from Lake West is no longer plentiful as before, so the West lake shrimps can be replaced by raised shrimps.
No matter how much the life changed, the specialties of West Lake shrimp cake remains its traditional flavor, so that anyone once enjoys this food will remember forever the golden color crispy crust, the red color of fresh, firm and sweet shrimps and fleshy taste of each sweet potato.
Visitors to Hanoi eagerly seek a chance to enjoy the specialty West Lake shrimp fried cake in Banh Tom Ho Tay restaurant, not only because of shrimp cake itself, but also for the beautiful scene view at West Lake. It is so great to enjoy delicious shrimp cake here at sunset in summer.