Food Trip Friday: Banh Hoi Cold Noodles

I just remembered, I forgot to post for last week’s Food Trip Friday. Sigh. I think I’m suffering from a really fearful disease called aging or perhaps its just a temporary breakdown service? Whatever it is, I’m back and on the roll.

For Pinoys, noodles usually mean cooked stir-fried {think pancit canton} or cooked the Lucky Me way {lolz}. It was only when I began to travel about that I realized that noodles can be cooked in a whole lot of other ways and we have a lot to try and catch up on. Here’s one of my all-time favorite Cambodian street-take out food – Banh Hoi Cold Noodles.

Khmers and the Vietnamese are very similar in cooking their noodles and I specially like how they make cold noodles. Yummy, healthy, super cheap, and yummy again. ย I usually buy this from the market. Sure, its available in restos, but nothing beats the taste of the one from the market {bakit kaya?}. And specially if you want a quick bite. I was shopping for food yesterday when I passed by a stall selling this. You can choose what kind of noodles you prefer. The banh hoi super tiny ones like in the photo or the big fat ones that looks like spaghetti. I, ย of course, picked the weeny ones hoping it won’t add to my weight. I know that’s highly illogical, but who says I’m logical?

Anyway, I usually add crispy taro rolls, lots of veggies like lettuce, cucumber, carrots, spring onions and herbs {its all under the noodles}, you can also choose to add meat but in my case since I have the taro rolls, I skipped it, then they’ll add shredded dried shrimps and ground peanuts. They will also give you a pack of sweet and sour sauce for topping.

Here’s what the usual Khmer take out box aka ‘the styro’ looks like. I also have to mention, that Khmers have an unusual affinity with rubber bands. If you live here and frequent the markets, they you’ll be bound to collect a lot of rubber bands. Lol! They use it to tie everything, including tying the plastic holding the sauce.

Banh Hoi Cold Noodles

And here’s my yummy 4000 Riels {$1} take-home, it should be a lot cheaper if you don’t add taro rolls.

Banh Hoi Cold Noodles

Food Trip Friday. Happy Weekend, Everyone!


  1. Pearl

    April 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

    That noodle take out looks so scrumptious!! I can’t wait to give it a try myself! Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Please check my FTF entry for this week: Hap Chan
    Much ?,
    Sassy Chef Recipes and Reviews

  2. We Ate This!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Yes, I think you are right. It’s called banh hoi. Yummy, with lots of spring rolls and spearmint.

  3. vernz

    April 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    wow grabe, sik-sik na sik-sik.. busog ka for sure after… was here for FTF.. hope you can visit back.

  4. The Pepperrific Life

    April 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Cold noodles? sounds yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess, the pictures speak for themselves.
    Here’s my entry

  5. FoodTripFriday

    April 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I simply called your so-called desease “Senior Moment”, lol!
    Dami naman laman ng styro,parang punong-puno. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My Own Food Trip Friday @ Happy Meals

  6. anne

    April 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    It is funny because my daughter know how to use the chopstick than I do. LOL Mine is here please check thanks

  7. Spice Up Your Life

    April 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Looks sumptuous!

    Come and have some Mexican food at Spice Up Your Life blog, happy Easter!

  8. Jenn

    April 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I am one of the many people who can’t use the chopsticks, so for noodles, I always use the fork.

    Hopping here from Food Trip Friday, if you have time, please check out my foodie experience at Felicity Patisserie, my FTF post this week. Thanks a lot!

  9. Joniel

    April 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

    this food looks like “pancit malabon”. Does that food taste good? Will try to check the recipe and will cook it, ๐Ÿ™‚ for me it looks delicious

    1. Lui

      April 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      @Joniel, its actually very far from the taste of pancit malabon. except for the taro rolls everything else is fresh. the banh hoi noodles is fresh, plus the veggies, the peanuts and the prevailing taste is the sweet and sour sauce. it really does taste good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. domestic {cherry}

    April 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    i have yet to find an authentic vietnamese resto here in manila. i found one but it’s in laguna. i get my vietnamese fix at pho hoa when the craving hits me but it’s not the same.

    mine is up and hope you like eel:

  11. cheerful

    April 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    wow, mukhang ang sarap…i’m enjoying their noodles lately, dati lo’chaa lang alam ko, hehehe! kain tayo nyan one time…:) have a great week!

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