Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Vietnamese baked mung bean cake

Bánh đậu xanh nướng (Baked mung bean cake)

Baked mung bean cake is a popular desert that's easy to find at the market in Southern Vietnam. This was one of my favorite snacks as a kid. I always wanted to add it to the shopping list when we went to the market. Mung beans are used a lot in Vietnamese cuisine. This baked mung bean cake is very easy to make, but delicious. It has a light taste, but it’s very filling.

(Modified from a Vietnamese cookbook "Bánh Tổng Hợp" by Trần Toàn Trí, 2014)

1 ¼ cup (250 g) dried split mung beans
1-13.5 oz can (400 ml) coconut milk
2 tbsp (30 ml) condensed milk
1 cup (200 g) sugar
1 large egg
4 tbsp (50 g) melted butter
⅓ cup (50 g) tapioca starch
⅓ cup (50 g) all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

8” springform cake pan
melted butter (for greasing the cake pan)

Watch video how to make Vietnamese baked mung bean cake on VansKitchen Youtube channel

1) To cook the mung beans: I showed you how to cook mung beans in a rice cooker in my sticky rice dumpling video here
To cook the mung beans in a pressure cooker: after washing and draining the beans well, transfer them into a pressure cooker. Add 2 cups (480ml) of water. Cook on high heat until the cooker reaches pressure, turn the heat to medium low and let it cook under pressure for 6 minutes. Then remove from the burner and set aside to cool until the pressure lowers. The beans should be easy to mash between your thumb and pinky.

2) Grease the cake pan with melted butter. Place the parchment paper on the bottom

3) Preheat the oven to 350℉(180℃)

4) Combine all the ingredients in a blender: cooked beans, sugar, tapioca starch, all purpose flour, egg, butter, condensed milk, vanilla extract, salt, and coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Then pour into the cake pan and smooth the top.
Bake at 350℉(180℃) for 40 minutes. Let the cake cool completely in the cake pan then remove, slice and serve.

Bánh đậu xanh nướng (Baked mung bean cake)

♥Here are a few of the tools I used in the video: 
Victorinox 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Presto Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
Vitamix 5200 Series Blender


  1. YOur cake look very good and healthy choice dessert, and your son is SO CUTE and handsome too. God Bless!!

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  3. Thank you for the recipe. I first tasted this cake at a Vietnamese store in San Jose, California. And I'm glad I found your recipe so I can make it myself now. Cheers !