Bánh xèo

Bánh xèo (Vietnamese: [ɓǎjŋ̟ sɛ̂w], lit.'sizzling pancake') is a crispy, stuffed rice pancake popular in Vietnam.[1] The name refers to the sound (from xèo – 'sizzling') the rice batter makes when it is poured into the hot skillet.[2][3] It is a savoury fried pancake made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder. It can also be called a Vietnamese crêpe.[4][5] Some common stuffings include pork, prawns, diced green onion, mung bean, and bean sprouts. Bánh xèo is also served with lettuce, mint, Asian basil, and fish mint.[6][7]

Bánh xèo
Vietnamese bánh xèo
Place of originVietnam
Associated cuisineCambodian, Thai, Vietnamese
Main ingredientsRice flour, water, turmeric powder

The dish is also popular in Cambodian cuisine,[8] where the dish is called banh chao (Khmer: បាញ់ឆែវ [ɓaɲ cʰaew]).[9] Cambodian banh chhev are more similar to the southern Vietnamese style of bánh xèo rather than to the style present in Central Vietnam.

There is also a Thai version of bánh xèo called Khanom bueang Yuan (Thai: ขนมเบื้องญวน). It is offered by some street vendors and is available at many Bangkok restaurants serving Thai or royal cuisine. The most common filling in Thailand is a minced mixture of shredded coconut, roasted peanuts, shrimp, salted radish and fried tofu and served with bean sprouts and sweet cucumber relish.

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  1. Quynh Chau Pham, Vietnamese: Vietnamese-English, English-Vietnamese, Insight pocket travel dictionary. "Bánh xèo rice pankakes."
  2. Ottolenghi, Yotam - Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi 2011 "Bánh xèo - In 2007 I visited Hanoi with my friend, Alex Meitlis, and found myself squatting in the dingiest of family-run street kitchens, experiencing the best food I've ever tasted."
  3. Lucy Nguyen-Hong-Nhiem - A Dragon Child: Reflections Of A Daughter Of Annam In America Page 13 2004 "She loved to cook our favorite dishes, bánh xèo and bánh khoái. This is a dish that Vietnamese in the US call "happy pancakes". They are called bánh xèo: bánh is cake; xèo is the sizzling noise of the batter when it is poured into a hot ..."
  4. "Bánh Xèo Recipe (Crispy Vietnamese Crêpes / Pancakes)". Hungry Huy. 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  5. "Vietnamese crepes with pork and shrimp recipe - banh xeo". SCMP Cooking | South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  6. Giac Mo Viet: Bánh xèo đặc sản Cần Thơ Archived 2018-10-11 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed October 10, 2018
  7. NPR Inc.:Banh Xeo (Sizzling Crepes), Accessed October 10, 2018.
  8. Brouwer, Andy (2010). To Cambodia with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur. Phnom Penh: ThingsAsian Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-1934159088. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  9. Murray, Bennett. "Rasmey's restaurant makes a mean banh chao". Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
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