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Vietnamese Banh Xeo - Crispy Rice Flour Pancakes

If an omelette and a pancake had a baby, you’d have Banh Xeo. Named for the sizzling sound they make when cooking in a hot pan, these crispy delights are the perfect filler in Vietnamese Cold Rolls.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 212kcal
Cost $10

Equipment

Ingredients

For the Batter

For the Marinade

Instructions

  • Place the chicken, pork or seafood into a bowl with the shallots, garlic, turmeric powder, pepper and salt. Mix well to combine. Allow to marinate for 5 mins.
    1 pinch Salt and pepper, 200 g chicken or pork or seafood, 2 shallots, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp pepper, 1 pinch salt, 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Add the rice flour and water to a bowl and mix to form a batter. Add the whisked egg and spring onion into the batter. Mix well.
    1 cup rice flour, 1 ½ cups water, 1 egg, 1 spring onion / green onion, 2 tsp tumeric powder
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a small frying pan over high heat. Place a small amount of the meat evenly across the pan, then pour over enough batter to fill the pan. Cover for 1 min. Flip and continue to cook.
    vegetable oil
  • Repeat flipping until meat is cooked and the banh xeo is golden brown and crispy. Add some bean sprouts then fold in half. Repeat for remaining banh xeo.
  • Serve with rice paper wrappers, bean sprouts, fresh coriander and Vietnamese mint. Our sweet and sour sauce that we made for our fried spring rolls is an amazing dip if you need a recipe!
    Rice paper sheets, 100 g bean sprouts, 100 g fresh cilantro / coriander, 100 g Vietnamese mint

Notes

  • How to make banh xeo really crispy? Get that pan hot! It's name means sizzling pancake and that's what you want. The rice flour is also what gives these pancakes the crispy texture.
  • How to eat banh xeo The two most popular ways are either buy themselves with some dipping sauce, or placed in Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls. They're usually enjoyed hot, straight from the pan!
  • Where is banh xeo from? Vietnam! As for where exactly though, some say around central Vietnam, although there are so many banh xeo varieties these days - you might as well try them all through your travels.
  • Swap around your proteins with whatever you like. Pork, chicken, seafood, tofu, vegetables - it's completely up to you.
  • Replace the water with coconut water for a slightly different taste and version of this popular pancake!
Adapted from Tra Que Water Wheel

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1939IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg