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Recipe for Vietnamese savoury pancakes: Banh Xeo

Recipe for Vietnamese savoury pancakes: Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo are Vietnamese pancakes, which have been deep fried and cooked with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts.

They are served with a yummy sweet, fish, chilli, garlic based sauce for dipping.

We took an excellent cooking class in Hoi An with the Golden Lotus Cooking school where Sebastien learnt this recipe for these finger licking Vietnamese savoury pancakes.

Sebastien making Banh Xeo in Hoi An

Sebastien making Banh Xeo: main ingredients for the filling are shrimps and pork

Ingredients for Banh Xeo Vietnamese savoury pancakes

  • 300g pork fillet
  • 300g shrimps or prawns (de-vained and peeled)
  • 50g green spring onion finely shopped
  • 100g bean sprouts
  • 3 shallots (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric power
  • 100g of fresh herbs (like mint and coriander) and green salad
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and more oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper for flavouring
  • Banana leaves or kitchen roll to put the pancakes on after cooked
  • 1 litre of water (ie water to rice ratio is 2:1)
  • 500g rice flour or specific Banh Xeo rice flour:
Banh Xeo rice flour mix

Our cooking instructor, Lynh shows off the Banh Xeo rice flour mix used to make the batter


Ingredients for Banh Xeo Vietnamese savoury pancakes

  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice

How to make Banh Xeo Vietnamese savoury pancakes

1. Peel and de-vain the prawns or shrimps.

2. Cut the pork into small pieces and mix together with the shrimps, together with the shallot, garlic, a teaspoon of salt and pepper, and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.

3. Whisk together the rice flour, turmeric powder with 1 litre of water to form a runny batter.

Sebastien making the Banh Xeo rice batter

Sebastien making the Banh Xeo rice batter during our cooking class in Hoi An

4. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a frying pan and using a ladle, add one scoop of batter then two tablespoons of the shrimp and pork and a handful of bean sprouts.

5. Ideally use two stoves/two frying pans to speed up the process.

Banh Xeo cooking

Banh Xeo cooking with bean sprouts added

6. Cover the pan and cook on a low heat for around 5 minutes, until the pancake is crispy.

7. Fold in half, remove from pan and place on a plate with kitchen roll (or banana leaves if you have them) ready to serve with the dipping sauce.

8. Repeat the above process until all the batter is used up.

Sebastien cooking Banh Xeo

Sebastien cooking Banh Xeo at our cooking class in Hoi An

How to make the dipping sauce for Vietnamese savoury pancakes

1. Mix in the fish sauce, water and sugar in a frying pan and bring to a boil.

2. Let it cool down and mix in the lime juice, garlic and chilli.

Banh Xeo finished

Banh Xeo finished and ready to eat


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Sebastien is the co-founder, editor and author of He is a tech geek, a total travel nerd and a food enthusiast. He spends the majority of his time planning Nomadic Boys' travels meticulously right down to the minute details. Sebastien has travelled to over 80 countries with his partner in crime and the love of his life, Stefan. He regularly shares his expertise of what it’s like travelling as a gay couple both on Nomadic Boys and on prominent publications ranging from Pink News, Matador, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and many more. Originally from France, Sebastien moved to London in the early 2000s where he pursued a career as a computer programmer for Thompson Reuters and Bloomberg. He subsequently left it all to explore his passion for travelling around the world with Stefan to hand, and thus Nomadic Boys was born.

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