Episode 51: Banh Gio (Pyramid Dumplings)

Filling ingredients:

  • 1 cup firm tofu, chopped
  • 1 cup dried black fungus (a.k.a. wood ear mushroom)
  • Mushroom sauce
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped

Dough ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • (May substitute 1 package of banh gio mix to make the dough if you cannot find rice flour)
  • 2 cans vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water


  • Soak the black fungus in a small bowl of water for 30 minutes
  • Drain the water and chop the black fungus into small pieces
  • Stir-fry the tofu with olive oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add the zucchini
  • Add the mushrooms
  • Add mushroom sauce to taste
  • Turn off the heat and set the filling aside
  • Add the flour mixture to a large bowl
  • Add the water
  • Add the vegetable broth
  • Mix well
  • Heat a large pot over medium heat
  • Pour the flour mixture into the pot
  • Stir for about 5 minutes until you get a thick paste
  • Lower heat once mixture begins to thicken
  • Spoon some dough onto a piece of aluminum foil (or a banana leaf)
  • Add 1-2 spoonfuls of filling onto dough
  • Wrap into desired shape
  • Steam dumplings for 15 minutes
  • Let cool for 10 minutes
  • Serve hot