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Banh Tieu (Hollow Bread)

Banh Tieu / Hollow Bread

I was looking at this awesome foodie site by Ch3rri Blossom and oh my goodness she has a collection of really good Vietnamese desserts and sweets on there. I came across this sweet bread recipe called Banh Tieu or in English Hollow Bread. It is fried in oil producing puffs making the bread hollow and crunchy. When looking at her sweet bread photos it took me back a lot of childhood memories when I attended Vietnamese school on Saturday mornings. During our breaks there would be a little stall where students could buy Vietnamese breads, cakes and buns like Bánh bao or Tai Pao 大包 (steamed pork bun) but I remember the hollow bread because it was so nice and sweet.

As you can see from the photo above, Ch3rri's hollow bread is 10 times as hollow and mine only produced little puffs since I was naughty - I didn't prove it for long enough and maybe I didn't roll the dough out the right way. But anyway it did turn out good and it turned out not overly sweet and was pretty crunchy! You have to be super careful not to leave the stove because they will burn! I walked away for a couple of seconds and the first two burned. Also you have to keep on moving the dough in the frying pan constantly so the dough will produce puffs. Thanks Ch3rri for that advice! It did work. (see the micro puff in the photo above? lol).

My hollow bread below. Turned out good but not hollow like Ch3rri's *tear drop*


  1. Owh, that looks really familiar. It looks like "you tiao" sold here. they're longish and come in pairs. I love them. Especially when you mentioned that they're sweet. Mum says that the old way of eating these is to dip it in Black Coffee. I have yet to try that. You did such a great job with these hollow bread, Ann! They're evenly golden brown!

  2. @ tracie MOO: yeah i know what you are talking about. they are 2 long fried sweet bread. and it's not that that sweet. i think that what it is. i dont know what the name is :P

    it was pretty much a fail but it turned out alright! lol. thanks!

  3. Looks good again for a failed attempt!

  4. The hollow bread you made looks perfect. This is also quite similar to a Chinese snack 咸尖饼,there two types of filling (sweet and salty).

  5. Looks beautiful! I will have to make this one again. It looks delicious!

  6. These really look like 醎煎饼 like what anncoo said. I love the salty ones. Pls cme over to collect your award ok , see ya !

  7. I remember eating this with a nice cold sugar cane drink.

  8. Ann,

    You did great! Don't feel bad since getting the dough to puff is pretty hard sometime. Practice make perfect! Did you try to wiggle the flat dough when it's in the hot oil? This helps it puff. So next time wiggle and flip the floating dough. I just make the dough for another batch of banh tieu. I'm leaving the dough to prove overnight.

  9. @ anncoo: yumm so there is a salty kind too? nicee

    @cookeaze: thanks!

    @matteo: thank you. you should try it one day

    @ housefly: yeah i might go and try the chinese version of this. thanks for the award! so i got to nominate...10 people now :P

    @ Vinnie: or coconut drink yum! maybe i will puts banana inside as a filling? or taro? lol

    @ Ch3rri: hey thanks! i am practicing all the time and especially with Vietnamese food. Yeah i wiggled it around in the hot oil and it did produce little puffs. I didnt prove it long enough cause i couldnt wait but next time i will leave it to prove overnight! thanks :)

  10. Looks good. Good try anyway :-D

  11. even though it's not hollow it's the texture and flavor of the dough that makes this good...and your dough looks spot on!