Baked cassava cake (bánh khoai mì nướng)

for Delicious Vietnam #13

a slice of cake. and flower.

Living with the parents-in-law is different, and of course it presents itself a lot of funny little incidents along the way. My MIL apparently has learned a few things about me and Vietnamese culture. Her so-called facts include:

Fact #1: I use fish sauce. She uses soy sauce.

Fact #2: I need to eat pho at least once a week. Her craving is laksa.

Fact #3: I use chopsticks to eat. She uses fork and spoon. (If you have a chance to visit us during meal times, you will see  chopsticks for me and my sisters, and forks+spoons for the “other” clan *lol*)

Fact #4: She uses oyster sauce for stir-frying. Me: look at fact #1.
[to be continued…]

But of course, we have a lot of things in common. Coming from the same region (Southeast Asia), we share similar fondness for flavours like coconut, pandan, black sesame etc. Quite often, we realise how similar our food can be.

Baked cassava cake (bánh khoai mì nướng)

This baked cassava cake is a good example. I call it bánh khoai mì nướng. She calls it kuih bingka. Frankly, I didn’t grow up with it but learned from a friend in my teenage years. The cake is popular in the south of Vietnam. I would think that it came with the immigrants from Southeast Asian region.

My version of the cake is really simple without too much coconut milk, starch and sugar. The cake is quite heavy in texture due to the starchy nature of cassava. It’s like eating sticky rice, but sweet, coconuty and buttery.

You can’t imagine how popular this cake is in my family. Making it less sweet is a good thing, since I could actually enjoy one big slice for last weekend breakfast. ;)

I am sending this cake to Delicious Vietnam #13. This edition is hosted by Jing of My fusion kitchen. More information can be found here.

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Baked cassava cake (bánh khoai mì nướng)

You can find the frozen grated cassava in most Asian shops. Thaw and drain well. I believe you can grate fresh cassava for the cake. I have never been bothered to do it, though.

Ingredients
 1 package of frozen grated cassava (see information above). Drain well. You should have 1.5 cup in the end
1/2 cup castor sugar
2 tablespoons condensed milk
1 egg
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk

Method
Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease a 20cm cake pan well.

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour into the pan, and bake for about 30-40′ or until is golden and cooked through.

Cool well before serving.

34 Responses to Baked cassava cake (bánh khoai mì nướng)

  1. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen says:

    This looks great Anh! You have totally inspired me to make a list similar to yours and I think I have a much longer list lol even though its only 25 days I'm living with my in laws :-D

  2. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    I think I come from the same region as your MIL. We often eat this cake back home too, as part of breakfast or an afternoon snack! :D

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I love cassava cake! Yours looks heavenly. Great texture.

  4. Hannah says:

    It's so funny reading this as an Anglo-Aussie, because what your MIL points out as key differences strike me as being so similar! :D

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I really love cassava cake! Yours looks heavenly. It's texture looks lovely.

  6. Y says:

    Beautiful cake! I've tasted something similar to this before, but have never gotten round to making my own.

  7. A Spoonful of YUMM ! says:

    This is something different anh ! looks good…dont know where il get cassava here must look it up. simple ingredients , i like the addition of coconut milk ! yumm

  8. Marnely Rodriguez says:

    Yum, this looks delicious! I do enjoy a sturdier cake, and this with coconut just made my day! Thank you so much for sharing! I came over because of a RT A Spoonful of YUMM did! Glad I did!

  9. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Yummy! Baked cassava cake is one of my favorite dessert.

  10. Johanna GGG says:

    looks delicious and reminds me that I have condensed milk in the fridge – alas no cassava – never heard of it but my eyes are loving the taste

  11. Jeanette says:

    I'm so glad I found your blog and this recipe. I've seen frozen grated cassava in our local Asian store, but didn't know how to use it. Now I have a recipe to try!

  12. chopinandmysaucepan says:

    I think my wife and I grew up in the same region as your MIL too :)

  13. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Gorgeous Anh! I haven't tried cassava in ages (and I had no idea you could get it at Asian supermarkets). Love coconut milk in anything!

  14. Jen says:

    Oh this looks like a good recipe to try. I'm trying to dive more into Asian desserts, but they are a little intimidating because of unfamiliar ingredients.

  15. pickyin @ LifeIsGreat says:

    Bingka ubi is one of my favorite Malay kuih. It's intriguing to know how much you like it too. Seriously, the cuisine of Southeast Asia is one big happy family.

  16. Julia @Mélanger says:

    Gorgeous. Looks like a big, delicious custard! :)

  17. OohLookBel says:

    I've never had cassava before, but now I'm craving it, thanks to your beautiful cake.

  18. Faith says:

    The cake is lovely and I can imagine it's creamy texture…eating this as breakfast sounds like the perfect way to start the day!

  19. ChichaJo says:

    This looks delicious! We have our own version of cassava cake too…I love how us southeast asianers have all these similarities in our cuisine and yet each is distinct and, in my opinion, delicious! :)

  20. Jo says:

    Anh, this cake looks so yummy. In Malaysia we have something similar as well called "Kuih Bingka". Lovely clicks.

  21. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy says:

    I m really enjoying these interesting anecdotes on your MIL! Love the cute relationship there.I have seen cassava many times at a near by south asian store, never knew what it was :) This cake looks yum!

  22. Two fit and fun gals says:

    wow okay i had NO IDEA this cake was so simple! and i love that you have made it less sweet (which means i can eat more of it :P)

  23. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    I enjoyed reading about you and your MIL. It's almost cute that you guys have your own thing, yet feel connected to like something same. Very cute post and I love it. Your Cassava cake is amazingly beautiful. I wish I can have a piece. :-)

  24. Maria says:

    This is such an interesting recipe! Sounds sweet and delicious!

  25. shaz says:

    Ha ha ha, your mum in law sounds so cute! I love this cake, yes, we call it bingka or bengkang. But I only like the cassava version (there's also a flour version). And just like you, when I last made this, I ate a huge slice for breakfast – great minds, eh?

  26. tigerfish says:

    Kinda interesting to read those facts….funny!

  27. pigpigscorner says:

    lol, funny facts! This is my favourite kuih!

  28. Shirley @ Kokken69 says:

    :) interesting comparison. By the way, I eat with chopsticks and the long metal spoon :) yes, there are many common food experiences and this baked cassava cake is definitely a easy favourite among many here in SE Asia.

  29. Karen says:

    Anh, this post made me laugh – I tried picturing you and your MIL in the kitchen. :-) Is she from Malaysia? I've never used cassava, but this cake sounds really delicious. I'll have to see if I can find cassava somewhere here.

  30. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    I've been wanting to try baking with cassava and your cake and photos only tempt me even more! I must say I'm in the fork and spoon boat (can't use chopsticks very well…bad asian :( hehe).

  31. Linh Dang says:

    Man, I would love to be a food historian and figure out which dishes share common origins and which are convergent evolution.

  32. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed says:

    Another breathtaking creation. Just beautiful. We adored cake like this in Vietnam. My man especially loves it. And now I can make it for him, thank you :) I loved reading those facts too!

  33. C&C Cakery says:

    I absolutely love desserts from other cultures – near or far. I've had yuca/cassava before (as dumplings in a soup), but never in a cake! Thanks for sharing :)

  34. Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! says:

    LOVE banh khoai mi! In fact it's been a while since mum has made it… I should probably try and have a go at doing it myself ;) Yours looks perfect!

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