Gac Dumplings (Bánh Gấc)

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  • 4Servings
  • 30 mPrep Time
  • 30 mCook Time
  • 1:30 hReady In
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The gac dumpling is a Vietnamese dumpling in which the dough is made of (glutinous) rice flour and the red flesh of gac fruits, and the filling is made of mung bean paste. This gac dumpling is originated in Ninh Giang district of Hải Dương province (in northern Vietnam) which is also famous for another dumpling made of ramie leaves (called bánh gai in Vietnamese).

Tradiditional Vietnamese gac dumplings - banh gac
Tradiditional Vietnamese gac dumplings – bánh gấc

The traditional red-colored gac dumpling is wrapped in dried banana leaves, in the exact same way with black-colored ramie dumpling. But modern chefs may wrap them in plastic sheets. The shape of the traditional dumplings is flat, while that of the modern ones is round and looks like a tomato.

gac fruit
Gac fruit
gac dough
Gac dough


Step by step method

  • Cooking the mung beans

    Steam the soaked mung beans. Then puree the cooked mung beans in a blender with a little water and 100 g (3½ oz) sugar.

  • Prepping the mung bean filling

    In a sauce pan, add the mung bean paste, a little salt, and 50 ml cooking oil then stir well on low heat. Add coconut shreds and continue to stir until the mixture is thickened. Let it cool and mix with a little banana essence or vanilla powder. Divide the thickened mun bean paste and roll into small balls.

  • Prepping the gac dough

    Slice a gac in halves. Scoop out its flesh, and discard the seeds. In a bowl, knead the rice flour and gac flesh. Add sugar, then slowly pour warm water into the bowl. Continue to knead until the dough is ready. Divide the dough into small portions. Cover the dough bowl with a food wrap and let it rest for 15-20 mins.

  • Rolling dumpling balls

    Roll the dough portions into balls, the press them flat. Add the mung bean balls at the center, then seal the dumplings. Place each dumpling on a piece of food wrap.

  • Steaming the dumplings

    In a steamer, place all the dumplings and sprinkle roasted sesame seeds on them. Slightly press the seeds to make sure they stick to the dumplings. Cover each dumpling with its food wrap. Steam for 15-20 mins.

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