Roasted peanuts are available almost anytime and anywhere. It is not special, just for noshing while waiting for finger food and beer or enjoying together with boiled spinach and fish sauce. While flavoring powder roasted peanuts, however, are absolutely different. They are crunchy, sweet-smelling due to sophisticated cooking recipe.
Flavoring powder (hung liu) consists of five ingredients including cinnamon, seed of anise-tree and seed of sweet basil. This special additive is well in harmony with peanuts.
After well mixed, peanuts are roasted by wood in cast iron pan over a low fire. Interestingly, sand is added to the pan in order to avoid burning out peanuts skin. So the cook must be very careful, because in case sand is in peanuts, customers will not consent to eat. Perfect roasted peanuts are violet-colored, crunchy, sweet, salty and sweet-smelling of cinnamon. This specialty is used to be sold immediately after roasting but it is now packed for convenience.
Kiosk of Mrs. Van’s at 176 Ba Trieu street has been the most prestigious one for more than 40 years. Many other kiosks in this flavoring powder roasted peanuts street has been named similarly, such as Ms. Van, Van fat, old Mrs. Van, real Van… but her name with patrons will not be mistaken.
Way back to 1 or 2 decades ago, there was only a few peanut outlets along Ba Trieu street, did Ba Van label gain a lot of regulars. She has been well-known for her big peanuts roasted and mixed with flavoring powder in a unique way. Her good business has led to more competitions from her neighbors. If you like peanuts with cinnamon fragrance, I would recommend this place highly, written by groovyfox3001.