Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

December 09, 2020 - 652 views

Until now, Banh Xeo is still one of the most familiar delicious dishes in Vietnam. Join our food tour to find out the uniqueness of this Vietnamese pancake.

Vietnamese pancake is a famous street food that is said to have originated from France during the occupation of Vietnam. Banh Xeo is a familiar dish of Vietnamese people. There are many other countries that also have pancakes, but where there are different processing methods. Among them, Vietnamese pancakes are considered as a special dish.

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

Overview of Vietnamese pancake

Overview of Vietnamese pancake

The main material for making pancakes is pure rice flour mixed with coconut milk and turmeric. There are also pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, steamed green beans, etc. The accompanying vegetables include lettuce, mustard greens, and herbs. The dipping sauce is mixed with delicious fish sauce, crushed garlic chili, lemon, sugar, monosodium glutamate and radish, chopped carrots, and vinegar.

Pancakes are often accompanied by the dipping sauce. The sauce is really what connects all flavors and textures together. It is something extremely special for Vietnam Pancake.
In Vietnamese cuisine, the dipping sauce is popular and it is used quite often!
Nuoc cham is a classic sauce based sauce that creates a beautiful balance between sour, sweet, and salty. In fact, there is no denying that it is really easy to do at home.
Each region in Vietnam has its own unique ingredients and flavors to make banh xeo one of the local specialties. In southern Vietnam, the pancake is slightly larger in size and its outer layer is also yellow. In the central region of Vietnam, the pancakes are much smaller and white. As for Hanoi, banh xeo is similar to banh xeo in the South, but it has special fillings like Indian taro slices and green mangoes. Perhaps because of these differences, not only Vietnamese but also foreigners are also attracted to this unique dish.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Pancakes made from natural ingredients rich in nutrients but easy to find

  • Bacon: 200 g
  • Shrimp: 150 g
  • Bean sprouts: 100 g
  • Carrots: 1 tuber
  • Straw mushrooms: 400 g
  • Green beans with beans: 50g
  • Pancake dough: 1 pack of 400g
  • Filtered water: 500 ml
  • Turmeric powder
  • Scallion
  • Cooking oil, fish sauce, chili sugar, lettuce, herbs

How to make pancakes & dipping sauce

How to make pancakes

Making Pancake is very simple. First of all, you need to heat the pan at medium-high heat. After a few minutes, when the pan is hot add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, 1 tbsp of chopped onion, a few slices of meat and shrimp. Saute them for 1 minute then pour in a spoon of flour (1/3 cup) into them.

Close the lid and then lower the heat to medium-low. After 3-4 minutes, then add 1 teaspoon of oil around the edges of the pancake and wait another 2 minutes. Then add a small number of bean sprouts. After a minute, carefully remove it and fold it in half. Enjoy it with lettuce, herbs, and Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake) making

Making Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

How to make the dipping sauce

Mix 3 spoons of fish sauce, 2 minced chili peppers, 1 teaspoon of garlic, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of MSG, 1/2 teaspoon of boiling water in a bowl until the MSG and sugar dissolve. Lastly, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Some good places to eat Banh Xeo

Some good places to eat Banh Xeo

  • Hang Lien restaurant

Address: 126 Pham Van Dong, Hue city

Opening hours: 15: 00 - 21:00

Average price: $ 1

  • Quang Lam Anh restaurant

Address: 159 Bui Thi Xuan, Hue city

Opening hours: 3: 00 am - 10:00 pm

Average price: $ 0.4

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

Banh Xeo at Quang Lam Anh restaurant 

  • O Hue

Address: 1st Floor Stay Hotel, 7 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue city

Opening hours: 10: 00 am - 10:00 pm

Average price: $ 1 - $ 3

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