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Banh Xeo
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5 from 8 votes

Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes (Banh Xeo)

This is a detailed guide on how to make a classic Vietnamese dish - Banh Xeo or Vietnamese Sizzling Pancakes.
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: banh xeo, Vietnamese sizzling pancakes
Servings: 12 crepes
Calories: 154kcal

Ingredients

Batter

Filling

  • 3/4 lb pork shoulder thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup mung beans optional
  • 3/4 lb shrimp
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts optional

Toppings

  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • mint
  • 1/2 cup Vietnamese dipping sauce

Instructions

Prep

  • Mix ingredients for the batter and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. It is best to refrigerate overnight to allow the batter to thicken.
  • Boil pork for half an hour. Slice into thin pieces and set aside.
  • Add mung beans to a pan with 1 cup of water. Boil for 10 minutes until mung beans are soft. Set aside.

Make the banh xeo

  • Take your batter out from the fridge and stir to reincorporate the batter.
  • Right before you begin making your banh xeo, add the minced green onions to your batter.
  • Before you start, make sure you have all your components ready. This would be your batter and fillings.
  • Add onions and shrimp to a nonstick pan that is 8 inches in diameter. Saute for 1 minute over medium heat until the shrimp turns slightly orange. Add in a few pork pieces.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Make sure the pan and oil are hot before adding in your batter.
  • Use a ladle to spoon in your batter. As you ladle in your batter, tip your pan in a circular motion so that the batter spreads in a thin layer throughout the pan. You should use a little less than 1/4 cup of batter each time. Add in 1 teaspoon of the mung bean and a small handful of bean sprouts. Cover and let cook for ~3 minutes until the banh xeo has cooked through and the outside is crispy.
  • Once the batter has cooked through, fold it in half.
  • Repeat process until your batter and/or filling is finished. After every 2 banh xeo you make, use a paper towel to clean the pan.
  • Serve with fresh herbs and Vietnamese dipping sauce (nuoc cham).

Notes

Don't fret if you don't get an entirely crispy shell. Because of all the moisture from the ingredients in the filling, you won't get an entirely crispy shell. Make sure to serve right away for the best results.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1crepe | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg