Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Crêpes)

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Bánh xèo (bahn SAY-oh) is a popular street snack in Vietnam. The name means "sizzling pancakes or crêpes" and refers to the sound the batter makes when it hits the hot skillet. Serve these shrimp-studded crêpes with lettuce, fresh mint and basil, and nuoc cham dipping sauce.

Turmeric-flavored crepes filled with shrimp and mung bean sprouts on a turquoise plate
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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
4

Ingredients

Crêpe Batter:

  • 1 cup rice flour

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • ½ cup water

Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • ¾ pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce, or more to taste

  • salt to taste

  • 1 pound mung bean sprouts

  • 4 lettuce leaves, or as needed

Directions

  1. Make the crêpe batter: Mix rice flour, sugar, salt, and turmeric together in a large bowl. Beat in coconut milk until thick. Slowly beat in water until it reaches the consistency of a thin crêpe batter.

  2. Make the filling: Heat 1 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant but not browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp; sauté until cooked through and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with fish sauce and salt. Transfer filling to a bowl.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  4. Wipe out the skillet and reheat over medium heat. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Stir crêpe batter and pour 1/2 cup into the hot skillet, swirling to coat the bottom. Lay 3 or 4 cooked shrimp on the bottom half of the crêpe. Top with a small handful of bean sprouts. Cook until batter looks set and edges start to brown, about 1 minute. Fold crêpe over and slide onto an oven-safe plate.

  5. Place crêpe in the preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, shrimp, and bean sprouts

  6. Serve crêpes with lettuce leaves. Break off pieces of crêpe and roll them up in lettuce to eat.

Tips

You can add 1 to 2 chopped scallions to crêpe batter if desired. Substitute scallions for the shallots in the filling if preferred. You can also add sauteed mushrooms to the filling if you like.

Variations:

Pork bánh xèo: Substitute half of the shrimp with pork loin or pork belly cut in thin strips. Sauté shallots and garlic first, add pork and cook until no longer pink, then add shrimp.

Vegetarian bánh xèo: Substitute shredded, fried tofu for the shrimp to make a vegetarian version. Add a variety of mushrooms to give it a meaty flavor. Use soy sauce instead of fish sauce.

Bánh xèo with eggs: Beat 4 to 5 eggs and pour a little over each crêpe after you add the batter to the skillet, but before you add the fillings. Cover the pan for about a minute to let the egg set, then continue with the filling ingredients.

Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe may be slightly different than the online version. Please follow directions carefully for whichever version you are using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

788 Calories
22g Fat
107g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 788
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 1053mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 107g 39%
Dietary Fiber 20g 73%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 201mg 15%
Iron 12mg 67%
Potassium 1757mg 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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