Banh Xeo recipe – Crispy & Savory Vietnamese Crepes or Pancakes

It has that deliciously crispy and delicate crispy golden-brown crust. The inside of this Banh Xeo recipe is bursting with delicious tastes including shrimp and pork, with a few sprinklings of mung beans onions, bean sprouts and onions.

This crowd-pleasing dish is a hot-off the-pan, hand-held food designed to be wrapped in vegetables and served with delicious sauce. Vietnamese Banh Xeo, commonly is known as Vietnamese pancakes, also known as Vietnamese crepes are great for family meals, and you can prepare the batter ahead of time. Get cooking!

Banh Xeo appears to be created to be enjoyed as with a group of people. The ingredients for the batter, filling, and the vegetables aren’t difficult to make, but it’s not practical to buy or cook to be consumed by oneself.

You can’t buy a one pounds of pork, eight shrimps, or even a 1/4 heads of lettuce. You have to increase the amount to ensure that each step is worthwhile and, my experience is that meals shared with friends are more enjoyable regardless.

They require a amount of time to prepare and organization, after which you’ll just have to keep knocking them out quicker than the people who eat them.

What is banh xeo refer to?

I have always found the name of Banh Xeo fascinating due to the fact that “xeo” refers to the sizzling sound that it produces as you bake the batter. The name is loosely translated to mean “sizzling cake.” The sound is more evident when the batter comes into contact with the hot pan However, here’s a clip of one that is squealing due to hot heat (turn the volume up! ):

I’ve heard a lot of people use the term Banh Xeo as the “Vietnamese egg dish” and it was always some time to determine the meaning behind it when they mentioned that the filling contains pork and shrimp, mung beans along with bean sprouts and green onions.

The crepes are yellow, and look like omelettes, but! There aren’t any eggs inside. It’s turmeric powder which makes them yellow!

Utilizing rice and wheat flour

It’s been mentioned to me that using the term “wheat flour” causes much confusion with the Pandan Waffle Recipe Let’s clear the issue for this recipe as well! Wheat flour is the ingredient you’ve bought throughout your life to bake bread and cookies and is what the supermarkets simply refer to as “all purpose flour.” It’s called wheat flour to distinguish it from rice flour.

The traditional Banh Xeo is likely to be made using rice flour, and not wheat flour. If you’d like to go all traditional, substitute all the wheat flour used in the recipe using rice (as Banh Cuon) flour alone and it should be a success. BUT…

Here’s the reason you should utilize wheat flour:

  • It helps make the Banh Xeo crunchy in a different and more delicious way , in my opinion.
  • It gives it that lovely browning hue as it cooks into the pan.
  • If your making the dough in advance and then heating it up the results will be better when there’s wheat flour included.

Troubleshooting the batter

The most frequent issue in the recipe is some people aren’t able to get it to cook up. Here are the most important factors to be looking for to ensure that the batter is crispy:

  • You should weigh your flour instead of scooping. This ensures the recipe was properly followed and also that no extra flour was resulted from compression due to using the scooper.
  • Be sure that the batter isn’t too dense. Whether or not you have already measured the flour in weights, test for consistency. If the recipe requires that you pour the batter onto the pan and then you turn it over and the batter should run through the pan and not appear like an overly dense pancake batter. If the batter is too thick then thin the batter container by adding one tablespoon of water, mix, and take a test. Repeat if necessary.
  • Change the cooking time. The times I put in the recipe cards are approximates that work for me, but every stove is unique.
  • Reduce the quantity of the covered cooking time. Sometimes if this step is covered with a lid over a long period, the condensation will drip back into the pan which makes it harder to crisp the banh-xeo.
  • The duration that the batter cooks following the removal of the lid. This final step is left open, so that steam escapes and the batter may become crisp.
  • Add additional oil. During the final cooking process that is covered, not having enough oil may prevent the batter from touching with the pan. You could apply an extra coating of oils around edges if believe that the batter isn’t crisp enough.
  • Double-check the coconut cream and water measurement. Too much coconut cream could hinder the batter from becoming crisp.
  • Replace the water using carbonated. For an extra boost, this may be helpful. This isn’t intended to fix the other problems that must be addressed however, it could be helpful in some instances.
  • Try another pan. A nonstick, carbon steel, cast iron pan with a few coats of seasoning is likely to work. I’m not sure if I can narrow the reason why certain pans fail, but I it is my think that the ones that cause problems are too heavy or aren’t transmitting heat equally.

How do you eat banh xeo

Banh Xeo is a food that is designed to be consumed with your hands. You’ll always have a huge platter of greens, with an assortment of herbs.

This is Vietnamese dipping fish sauce
  1. Cut or tear off a small , 2-bite chunk made of Banh Xeo. One bite size is way too small and takes a lot of time.
  2. Wrap it around a similar size portion of lettuce. It is possible to replace green leaf lettuce with the mustard greens in just a pinch, as it is delicious as well.
  3. You can add a tiny amount of each herb. Mint is the sole must-have herb for this dish, along with it being paired with cilantro, and Vietnamese perilla being the two other frequently used herbs, and should be tried to find if you can! If you add too much, it will overwhelm every bite, but you have to choose your own way.
  4. Make it a sauce! Make a delicious Nuoc Cham or Vietnamese sauce for dipping to give that final taste and flavoring touch. I love spooning this over to ensure greater control and less risk of me dropping the ingredients in the sauce.

Storage of batter and freshness

If you care for it, the batter will keep fresh for 4 to 6 days after making it, so you’ll be able to have Banh Xeo throughout the week If you’d like!

If you just want to prepare the batter ahead of time and then let it sit on the counter for couple of days, it’s perfectly fine. You just ensure that it’s stored placed in an airtight container.

But, if you are planning to cook something one day and keep the rest to cook another day, make sure to keep the original container and batter dish clean. This meansthat you should not put any of your used spoons, ladles or forks or anything else in the batter. It’s simpler to pour the batter you’d like to use into separate containers so that the original batter remains unaffected. Be sure to mix it up slightly prior to dividing it into separate containers so that all the ingredients are mixed together before adding them.

To get the most fresh Banh Xeo make sure to cook them in a way that is made to order! They are much better tasting when cooked this way. However, this is not always feasible. In the event that you do not have a lot of batter left or other ingredients which are worthy of storing in a sealed container, you can make pancakes or crepes and then put them in the fridge before baking for a later day. But be aware that the outcome aren’t as great as fresh off the pan.

It’s always a pleasure for me because I seldom enjoy it. It’s also a fantastic option to cook for a crowd because it’s inexpensive. It’s only $20 to buy enough pancakes or crepes enough to fill 4-5 stomachs!

you can eat Banh Xeo with Do chua

What is the correct pronunciation of Banh-Xeo?

Banh Xeo is pronounced as “ban say-oh.” Phonetic spellings will be close enough, but you’ll must be able to hear it spoken in order to be sure that the pronunciation is correct.

How can you make Banh Xeo recipe with no ingredients?

Banh Xeo is basically a crepe or pancake that is made from an uncomplicated blend made of flour from rice, turmeric along with coconut cream additional ingredients. The filling is comprised of pork belly, shrimp as well as bean sprouts. Learn the best method of making these Vietnamese crepes by following my recipe from above.

Where can I get rice flour?

I generally purchase rice flour that is already made in bags from Asian supermarkets. If this isn’t an option for you, then health food stores such as Whole Foods carries it. In the last option you can make it yourself if have a blender that is good however we’ll leave the recipe for another time.

What exactly is Banh Xeo? English?

Xeo is an onomatopoeia of the sound of sizzle when the cake batter is splattered on the hot pan. So Banh Xeo loosely means “sizzling cake.”

Where did the Banh Xeo fusion originate?

There are two varieties of Banh Xeo. It is the central Vietnam version is small, cut into pieces and wrapped in rice paper. This more elaborate style of Banh Xeo is a result of southern Vietnam and is wrapped in leafy lettuce.

BANH XEO – Vietnamese Crêpe

This recipe has been tried and tested from mom herself! Nothing beats the satisfying crunch of these hot crepes that are wrapped in vegetables and then dipped in perfect fish sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
RESTING 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 49 minutes
Course Crepes, Main Course
Cuisine vietnamese
Servings 12 crêpes
Calories 589 kcal



  • 255 g (1 3/4 c) rice flour
  • 85 g (0.7 c) all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 tsp turmeric
  • 28 fl oz (3.5 c) water
  • 14 fl oz (396.9 ml) coconut cream if unavailable, use coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sprig of green onions cut approximately 1/2" long


  • 1 1 lb (453 grams) shrimp Headless size 45/50, or 60/70
  • 1.5 1 lb (680.39 grams) pork belly
  • One medium-sized yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 pounds (680.39 grams) bean sprouts
  • 1/2 1 c dry mung beans optional


  • 1 head mustard greens cai xanh
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch Vietnamese perilla (tia to) optional



  • Mix all the batter ingredients, excluding the scallions in the bowl of a large one for minimum 3 hours or for a minimum of 3 hours. Scallions should be added just prior to making crepes.


  • Steam or soak mung beans in water until soft.
  • Boil the pork until cooked and soft. Slice thinly.
  • Wash the bean sprouts and vegetables.


  • In a medium-high flame, add about 1-2 teaspoons of oil, and a few onions Instantly add a couple of pieces of pork and shrimp. Cook, stirring lightly until lightly browned and delicious.
  • Pour the batter in and quickly turn and tilt the pan until it is equally distributed. In case it isn't enough to fill the pan. The batter should be only a thin layer that is thin enough to flakes off the edges of the pan in the areas that are thinner. If the batter isn't doing this and is thick you can add a couple of tablespoons of water into the batter, mixing it in to make it thinner.
  • Reduce the temperature to medium. Add mung beans, bean sprouts and then close the lid. Cover for around 3 minutes or until the bean sprouts are slightly cooked. The batter should be slightly cooked and translucent at the edge. This process will cook the top of the batter and ingredients while it steams as we're not flipping the crepe.
  • Take off the lid, reduce temperature to medium and then wait for the crepes to get crisp. It takes around 7 to 10 minutes. This allows the ingredients fully cook , including the batter. Also, it lets steam escape to allow the batter to be cooked to a crisp. Sprinkle a few drops of oil along the edge if you're having trouble being able to hear or see enough batter to make contact with the pan. Fold into half, place on an uncooked plate and serve. For help with batter problems, refer to the troubleshooting section of the recipe above.
Keyword BANH XEO, Vietnamese Crêpes / Pancakes

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  1. Tuan Nguyen May 31, 2022

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