How to make Banh Xeo (Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes)

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Banh Xeo (Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes) © Aleney de Winter/BoyEatsWorld

Written in Collaboration with Cruise1st Australia

A delicious recipe for making banh xeo (crispy Vietnamese pancakes) at home. 

We’re a family of avid cruisers and have sailed far and wide. But one of our all-time favourite ports is busy, buzzy Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in always fabulous Vietnam, a great country to explore with kids. Famous for the pivotal role it played in the end of Vietnam War, the city is now the country’s pulsing centre of commerce.

With its culture, and its clash of classic French architecture, sleek skyscrapers and ornate temples, friendly Ho Chi Minh City is endlessly fascinating. It is also endlessly noisy, but the chaotic din of honking horns and the cries of street hawkers only add a certain buzzing charm.

Regardless of its many historic and cultural attractions, the siren song of Ho Chi Minh City’s world-famous salty, sweet, sour and hot street food is what calls us the loudest. And ever since a then tiny Raffles and Sugarouff first stepped foot in Vitenamese soil, to a cheek pinching reception by the lovely locals, they’ve been more than a little bit smitten with bioth the destination and its culinary offerings.

Raffles in Saigon

While just as flavour-packed as the cuisine of its nearest neighbours, Vietnamese cuisine offers a little something extra. A lot of little somethings in fact, such as fabulous local produce, piles of fresh herbs that add lightness and fragrance or the influence of French colonialism adds a refined touch.

We can’t resist slurping swimming pool size bowls of steaming bowls of pho bo (pronounced “fur”), a popular noodle soup topped with slivers of rare beef and bean sprouts, or plates of xoi ga, a sticky rice and chicken concoction, which are devoured with ravenous intent. And there isn’t a banh mi thit, crispy French-style baguettes filled with pickled vegetables, herbs, pork and pate, that can escape the clutches of Raff. Sugarpuff, on the other hand, has always been all about the noodles, which she shoves in to her gob by the fistful.

Sugrapuff loves the noodles

But if we had to pick one Vietnamese dish we all love equally it would be banh xeo (crispy Vietnamese pancakes). These crispy, coconutty pancakes are stuffed full of prawns, pork, bean sprouts and a bounty of fresh herbs, then topped with tangy nuoc chom dressing.

And so addictive are the healthy, fragrant pancake, they’ve become a staple!. Here we share our at home recipe for banh xeo (crispy Vietnamese pancakes). Enjoy!

How to make Banh Xeo (Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes)

Disclosure: This recipe was first written and published in Collaboration with Cruise1st Australia, but has been updated.

2 Comments on How to make Banh Xeo (Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes)

  1. jessica
    February 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm (6 years ago)

    cutest blog.. thanks for sharing


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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