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Bánh Xèo – Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe

Posted on | March 28, 2010 | Asian Recipes, Recipes, Vietnamese Recipes | 6 Comments

Banh Xeo

Whenever I see the abundance of Vietnamese herbs growing in my parent’s backyard, I always crave for a refreshing Vietnamese dish served with lots of fresh herbs.

I decided to make bánh xèo (sizzling crepe) to make use of the fresh herbs. Bánh xèo is made from rice flour, coconut and turmeric, and is pan-fried with pork, prawns/shrimps, spring onions and filled with lots of bean sprouts. The crispy crepe is served with lots of fresh herbs and dipping fish sauce.

I prefer to use the packaged bánh xèo flour. It’s easier to follow the instructions on the packet instead of trying to remember the measurements for the ingredients. I also prefer using milk instead of coconut just to be healthy.

My preferred method to making the crepes is to fry the prawns and pork as part of the crepe, and this gives the crepe a golden brown colour. Unfortunately my photos using this method didn’t turn out well. For better presentation I decided to just do a plain crepe and then filled it with cooked prawns, pork and bean sprout.

banh xeo - vietnamese sizzling crepe

Bánh Xèo – Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes
Makes 10


1 packet of bánh xèo flour
600g prawns, de-shelled
400g pork neck, sliced thinly
1.5 bags bean sprouts, blanched in boiling water and drained
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 cup spring onions (green part only), thinly sliced
Oil for frying, put in a small bowl
Pinches of salt, sugar and pepper
Vietnamese mint
Perilla leaves
Dipping fish sauce


Prepare the bánh xèo batter according to the instructions on the packet. Add the spring onions to the batter. Leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes before use.

Marinate the sliced pork with pinches of salt, sugar and pepper.

Have the batter, prawns, pork, onion, bean sprout and bowl of oil nearby when you are ready to fry the crepes.

Heat up a non-stick frying pan. Pour a tablespoon of oil into the frying pan and swirl the oil in the pan so that it is coated with oil. Grab a small handful of onions and add to the frying pan and fry until just soft.

Add 3 pieces of pork and fry until half done. Add 2 – 3 prawns and fry until cooked.

Spread the pork and prawns out evenly in the pan. Give the batter a good stir with a ladle. One hand hold the pan and the other pour in a ladle of batter and tilt the pan in a circular motion so that a thin layer of batter covers the whole pan. Fill up any holes with a small amount of batter.

Fry until the batter changes colour and dries up and is crispy around the edges. You can check for doneness by lifting the edge to check. Add a handful bean sprouts to half of the crepe. Using a spatula fold half of the crepe over the bean sprout. Let the crepe cook for another couple of seconds then remove crepe to a plate.

Serve the bánh xèo on a plate with lettuce and lots of fresh herbs and dipping fish sauce.

Banh Xeo Sizzling Crepe

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6 Responses to “Bánh Xèo – Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe”

  1. Amanda
    March 28th, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    I shouldn’t read your blog when I am hungry! This looks very yummy even to someone who doesn’t eat prawns. Well done Yen!

  2. Amy
    March 28th, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

    Banh Xeo is one of my fave viet foods. I love how bulky and generous you are with the stuffing. That fat prawn poking out of the the third pic is very enticing!

  3. betty
    March 30th, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    i love banh xeo! except i get my mom to make me a veggie friendly version :O)

  4. Phuoc'n Delicious
    April 4th, 2010 @ 2:01 am

    Mmmmm… I love Banh Xeo! The first time I made them was the the first time my (italian) boyfriend had them and he enjoyed it too. Although he was getting use to the concept of eatting it all by hand.

    You see, I can speak italian. He only knows how to count (sometimes), say Pho, Banh Xeo and cam on. I said to him, “Well that’s fine because when you are in Vietnam you could just say “Hai Banh Xeo. Cam on”" lol

  5. Yen
    April 4th, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    My husband doesn’t know how to speak Vietnamese (he’s Chinese). Whenever he tries to speak Vietnamese it always cracks me up.

  6. Nhu Quynh
    August 19th, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    i’m vietnamese,i love banh xeo too,my mon make banh xeo well

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