Bánh xèo – Vietnamese pancake
Sort of like a crepe, and sort of like a Thai oyster omelet, a Vietnamese bánh xèo is a crispy savory snack that’s a favorite for many.
Just like bánh mì-Vietnamese baguette, bánh xèo is a bit of a French inspired Vietnamese culture creation.
A thin layer of batter is fried in a lot of oil, then combined with your choice of ingredients, often including slices of pork belly, shrimp, and onions, then folded over with a handful of lightly cooked bean sprouts in the middle.
You can really eat bánh xèo however you want, but the common method is to take a few leaves
of lettuce or mustard leaves, load in a piece of the golden crispy crepe, top it with some more herbs like sweet basil and perilla leaves, add some chili (or a lot of it), roll it up like a green spring roll, and then dip the entire treat into the sweet Vietnamese fish sauce dressing.
Bánh xèo in the south of Vietnam is usually a big one while in other parts of Vietnam it is usually smaller.