Banh Xeo – also known as crispy Vietnamese pancake, is a famous street food which is widely believed to originate from France during its occupantion of Vietnam. The word Xeo depicts the sizzling sound when pouring the rice batter into hot skillet. This Vietnamese pancake has a yellow outer layer and is filled with boiled pork strips, shrimp, bean sprout and spring onion. Though some people might prefer to use chopsticks to eat Banh Xeo, the best way to eat is with your hands.
First of all, take a piece of Banh Xeo and put it on rice paper, then add fresh herbs such as lettuce, perilla, basil and bean sprouts and roll them tightly. With each bite, do not forget to dip the roll into sauce. The impressive taste of crunchy crust, savoury fillings, sweet and sour dipping sauce will definitely make you fall in love with this delicacy. Besides, the sauce is a perfect blend of spices while herbs help eliminate the greasy taste. Each region has its own unique ingredients and flavors to make Banh Xeo become one of specialities. In Southern Vietnam, Banh Xeo is in the size of a large dish and its outer layer is yellow while the dish is white and much smaller in the central Vietnam.