Introduction to Banh XeoBanh Xeo is a traditional Vietnamese dish that originated in the central region of the country. The name “Banh Xeo” translates to “sizzling cake” or “sizzling pancake” in English, referring to the sound it makes when the batter hits the hot skillet. These crepes are typically made with rice flour and turmeric, giving them a vibrant yellow color.
Ingredients You’ll NeedTo make authentic Banh Xeo, gather the following ingredients:
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound pork belly, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- Bean sprouts
- Fresh herbs (such as cilantro, mint, and Thai basil)
- Lettuce leaves
- Dipping sauce (nuoc cham) for serving
Preparing the Batter
- In a mixing bowl, combine the rice flour, coconut milk, water, turmeric powder, salt, and black pepper. Whisk until you have a smooth batter without any lumps.
- Let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Cooking the Filling
- Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add the thinly sliced pork belly and cook until it turns golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the pork belly from the skillet and set it aside.
- In the same skillet, add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink and opaque.
- Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set them aside.
- Add the thinly sliced onion to the skillet and cook until they become soft and translucent.
- Remove the onions from the skillet and set them aside.
Making the Crepes
- Heat a non-stick skillet or crepe pan over medium-high heat.
- Add a small amount of vegetable oil and swirl it around to coat the pan.
- Ladle a scoop of the batter onto the hot skillet and tilt it in a circular motion to spread the batter thinly and evenly.
- Add a few slices of cooked pork belly, shrimp, onions, bean sprouts, and fresh herbs onto one side of the crepe.
- Cover the skillet and let the crepe cook for 2-3 minutes until the edges turn crispy and golden.
- Fold the crepe in half to cover the filling and slide it onto a serving plate.
- Repeat the process for the remaining batter and filling.
Serving and EnjoyingOnce all the Banh Xeo crepes are cooked, it’s time to serve and enjoy this delectable dish. Here’s how you can do it:
- Place a Banh Xeo crepe on a piece of lettuce.
- Add some more fresh herbs and bean sprouts on top.
- Roll it up like a burrito, making sure to tuck in the sides.
- Dip the Banh Xeo roll into the flavorful nuoc cham dipping sauce.
- Take a bite and savor the combination of textures and flavors.
Can I Use Banh Xeo Noodles Instead of Pho Noodles in Pho Soup?
When it comes to preparing pho soup, using banh xeo noodles instead of pho noodles might not yield the desired result. While both types of noodles have their own unique texture and taste, pho noodles, as explained in the ultimate pho noodle guide, are more suitable for achieving the authentic pho experience. The softness and delicate nature of pho noodles complement the broth and other ingredients in the soup, creating a harmonious balance.