Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe - Banh Xeo

April  9, 2012
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4-5
Author Notes

Banh Xeo means "sizzling crepe". Crispy and fresh with a golden yellow hue from turmeric. It's my favorite fresh Vietnamese dish because you eat it, wrap-style, with lettuce, mustard greens, cucumbers, and fresh herbs. Dip into a little nuoc cham and it's just fantastic. The nuoc cham is my mother's recipe and do try to use the coconut soda. I know it sounds weird, but it really works and Mom's nuoc cham is legendary. I would double the nuoc cham recipe to just in case. —HalfPint

  • Crepe
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup water, and more if needed
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk, canned is fine
  • 1/4 cup mild beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 4 ounces pork, thinly sliced about 1" pieces, a meatier pork belly is best.
  • 20-25 small shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 6-8 ounces bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup split mung beans, cooked until soft but not mushy. Optional
  • Salad plate: whole lettuce leaves, whole mustard leaves, sliced cucumbers, mint, cilantro, perilla
  • Nuoc Cham
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce, any brand except the one from the Phillippines
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili garlic paste/sauce (sambal oelek)
  • 1/4 cup coconut soda (Coco Rico) or coconut water
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, mashed or minced
In This Recipe
  1. For the crepe batter: Mix together the first 7 ingredients. Add it a little more water if the batter is too thick. You will want a thin batter that's got the consistency of cream. Let the batter rest for about 30 minutes before cooking. The batter settles a bit while resting, just stir it again before cooking.
  2. For the nuoc cham: Mix together in a jar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Taste and add more chili or lemon juice if needed. The old school way is use a mortar and pestle: mash the garlic with the sugar, then add the liquid ingredients. Taste and adjust the flavor as needed. Set aside.
  3. Heat a non-stick, 10" frying pan over medium high heat. Add 1-2 TB neutral cooking oil. Don't skimp on the oil, it makes the edges of the crepe wonderfully crispy. Cook 3-4 pieces of pork and ~ 1 TB sliced onions. Cook until pork is no longer pink and add 3-4 shrimp. Cook until the shrimp just turns pink. Try to distribute the ingredients evenly across the pan. Add 1/2 cup of the batter to this mixture, swirling the pan to distribute that batter evenly. If using, scatter a 1Tb of the cooked mung beans. Add a handful of bean sprouts to one side of the crepe. Cover and cook 1 minute to wilt/soften the sprouts. Uncover and cook until the edges get brown and crispy. Take a spatula and gently loosen the crepe. Then fold the crepe over to encase the sprouts. Slide onto a large dinner plate. Serve immediately with the nuoc cham and "salad plate". 1 crepe per person.
  4. To eat: take a lettuce leaf or mustard leaf. Place in the middle of the leaf (in any order you like), a few herb leaves, a couple of slices of cucumber, and a small portion of the crepe. Roll up and dip into the nuoc cham.
  5. Leftover batter can be refrigerated for about 3-5 days. Just stir up the batter when you decide to make more. Nuoc cham can be stored in a tightly closed jar in the fridge, indefinitely. Substitutions: thinly sliced chicken for the pork. Or leave out the pork and/or shrimp. Do add more cooked mung beans, ~2-3 TB, to round out the crepe.

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3 Reviews

gingerroot July 3, 2013
Yum! Coincidentally just made a batch of these for supper using a different recipe and I can't wait to try yours. My batter was a little thick - I can imagine how your addition of beer would make the crepes thinner with a better consistency.
Pegeen June 28, 2013
These sound delicious and versatile. Wonderfully written, with all the depth that goes into family recipes. Thanks.
HalfPint April 9, 2012
Thanks, sdbrango! Will try to get a picture, but the camera's on the blitz and I'm saving up to get a new (really good) one.