Banh It Tran – Savory Dumplings with Mung Bean, Pork and Shrimp

Banh It Tran – from Vietnamese Soul Food

Banh it tran, “naked dumpling, ” is Vietnamese dumplings made from glutinous rice flour and filled with pork and shrimp, or mung bean. It’s delicious and savory snacks.

“Banh it tran” can be filled with pork, shrimp, jícama, onion, mung bean and top with scallion oil. The dumplings are served warm with cooked bean sprouts, lettuce, herbs and Nuoc Cham.


These following recipes are very similar, but one recipe may have more pictures and tips.  The keys of good “Banh It Tran” are thin shells, good filling and good dipping sauce.

Cooking Tips

  • Use bread machine or food processor to make dough if you do not want messy fingers.
  • Making dough by hand is easy.  Follow the Recipe of Banh It Tran by Vietnamese Soul Food.  It’s important, start adding little of water to flour and mix the dough with spoon or chopsticks, mix until you can kneed  it by hand.  If the dough dry, add just little bit water.  If dough is wet, add little bit of sweet flour.
  • For filling, do not use dried shrimps (does not taste good), use chopped shrimps. Mung bean paste is for binding, so  mix mung bean paste with  sautéed meat and shrimp until you can form a ball.
  • In my family, we serve Banh It Tran with boil beansprouts, shredded lettuces, herbs (mints, rau ram) and Nuoc Cham.
  • Good Banh It Tran has thin shell, and evenly round, with tasty filling and good dipping sauce.
  • If you cannot make a ball,  you can make the crescent dumpling.
  • For vegan dumplings, use the same recipe, but  replace pork and shrimps with tofu and mushrooms.  Serve the dumplings with Nuoc Cham Chay
  • You may steam the dumplings instead of boiling them.   Balls may have holes, if you’re not an expert in making them.


  1. Recipe of “Banh it tran” from A little Burnt
  2. Recipe of Banh It Tran  –
  3. Recipe form Enjoy Simple Life

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