A Vietnamese Taste Sensation
THESE ARE very traditional and crisp crepe-like discs made with rice, flour, water and turmeric and filled with savoury stuffings like pork, seafood, mung beans and sprouts.
Da Nang Pancakes /Banh xeo Da Nang
Guests can make these in the cooking class at the Vinpearl Melia Phu Quoc. They are quick and easy and ultra delicious.
To make Banh xeo, the batter is poured into a hot skillet and then filled with the ingredients before being folded in half like an omelette.
They actually look like omelettes because of their shape and colour but they aren’t made with any eggs. They get their yellowish colour from turmeric mixed into the batter.
The name banh xeo literally means “sizzling cake” because of the sound it makes when the rice batter hits the hot skillet.
Banh xeo is eaten by wrapping pieces of it in rice paper (banh trang) with fresh herbs like coriander, mint and perilla before dipping into fish sauce (nuoc mam pha) or your favourite dipping sauce.
Despite being fried, you don’t really notice the oiliness too much because of the fresh greens and fish sauce. Crisp on the outside but moist on the inside, Banh xeo is delicious and a lot of fun to eat.