Recipe: Banh It Tran – Sticky Dumplings with Mung Bean, Pork and Shrimp

Banh It Tran – from Vietnamese Soul Food

Banh it tran, “naked dumpling, ” is Vietnamese dumplings made from glutinous rice flour and filled with pork and shrimp, or mung bean. It’s delicious and savory snacks.

Banh it tran is a cheap street food and sold at Tra Vinh Market, Vietnam, in the morning for breakfast. The dough is made from glutinous rice flour and  light coconut cream flavor. It is filled with pork, shrimp, jícama, onion, mung bean and top with scallion oil. The dumplings are served warm with cooked bean sprouts, lettuce, herbs and Nuoc Cham.

Depend on each region of Vietnam, “Banh it tran” has different names and recipes.

Cooking Tips

  • It’s chewy dumping. Make it easy for your guests to eat, you’d use scissors to cut the dumpling into 4 pieces and serve them with with shredded lettuces, herbs (mints, rau ram) and Nuoc Cham.
  • A good Banh It Tran has thin shell, and evenly round.  Thick shell dumpling does not taste good.
  • If you cannot make a ball,  you can make the crescent dumpling.
  • For vegan dumplings, use the same recipe, but  replace pork and shrimps with tofu and vegetables.  Serve the dumplings with Nuoc Cham Chay
  • I suggest that you would steam the dumplings instead of boil them.   Balls usually have holes, if you’re not an expert in making them.


  1. Recipe of “Banh it tran” from A little Burnt
  2. Recipe of Banh It Tran  –
  3. Recipe form Enjoy Simple Life

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