My mom came to visit me for Memorial Day weekend so I requested her to make one of my favorite dishes, Banh Xeo aka Vietnamese crepes. C-Man thinks they look more like Vietnamese omelets but there’s no egg in them—the yellow is from the turmeric in the batter. It was a nice reminder of home. 🙂
- 1 package of Banh Xeo mix (my mom said the brand we found wasn’t as good as others)
- Milk or coconut milk
- 1 cup chopped green onion
- 1/4 sliced onion (we had red on hand, but yellow or white works)
- 1/2 pound of pork shoulder, butt, or belly
- 1/2 pound of deveined, peeled shrimp
- Steamed bean sprouts
- Cooking oil
- Dipping fish sauce
Combine the banh xeo batter, water, and milk as directed on the package. Stir in the chopped green onions. Set aside for 20 minutes.
Chop the pork into thin 1-2 inch slices. Salt and fully cook the pork in a frying pan over medium high heat. Drain and set aside.
Heat a little cooking oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add a few onion slices and 3-4 shrimp to the pan. Using a ladle, distribute batter in a thin layer to the pan. Cover and cook for 2 minutes until crispy. Add cooked pork and bean sprouts and fold crepe over. Cover and cook for another minute to desired crispness. Slide banh xeo to a plate. Serve immediately with lettuce/mint/basil and dipping fish sauce.
I need 3-4 of these to get full, but it depends on how big you make your crepes and how much filling you use. I eat it like a salad—put some banh xeo in a bowl, add some torn lettuce/basil/mint, pour on some fish sauce, and mix together. Much yumminess all thanks to my mom!