Bánh xèo [ɓǎjŋ̟ sɛ̂w], literally "sizzling pancake", named for the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet,[1][2] is a Vietnamese savoury fried pancake made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder. Some common stuffings include: pork, shrimp, diced green onion, mung bean, and bean sprouts. Bánh xèo are also served with lettuce, mint, Thai basil, and fish mint.[3][4]

Bánh xèo
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Vietnamese-style bánh xèo'
Place of originVietnam
Associated national cuisineVietnam, Cambodia
Main ingredientsRice flour, water, turmeric powder
Banh Xeo in Mekong delta style

In Vietnam today, though many local variations exist, there are two main types of bánh xèo which differ quite considerably in taste and appearance. There is the central-style of bánh xèo which originated in Central Vietnam and there is the southern-style of bánh xèo which originated in Southern Vietnam. The central-style of bánh xèo involves a small pancake which is broken into small pieces, wrapped in rice paper, and dipped in a peanut sauce. The southern-style of bánh xèo is considerably larger than the central-style. The southern-style pancake is then broken into smaller pieces, wrapped in lettuce and mustard leaves, and dipped in nuoc cham. Peanut sauce and rice paper are never used in the southern-style of bánh xèo.

The dish is also popular in Cambodian cuisine,[5] where the dish is called បាញ់ឆែវ (most often transliterated as banh chao).[6] Cambodian banh chao are more similar to the southern Vietnamese style of bánh xèo rather than to the style present in Central Vietnam.

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  1. ^ Ottolenghi, Yotam - Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi 2011 "Bánh xèo - In 2007 I visited Hanoi with my friend, Alex Meitlis, and found myself squatting in the dingiest of family-run street kitchens, experiencing the best food I've ever tasted."
  2. ^ Lucy Nguyen-Hong-Nhiem - A Dragon Child: Reflections Of A Daughter Of Annam In America Page 13 2004 "She loved to cook our favorite dishes, bánh xèo and bánh khoái. This is a dish that Vietnamese in the US call "happy pancakes". They are called bánh xèo: bánh is cake; xèo is the sizzling noise of the batter when it is poured into a hot ..."
  3. ^ Giac Mo Viet: Bánh xèo đặc sản Cần Thơ, Accessed October 10, 2018
  4. ^ NPR Inc.:Banh Xeo (Sizzling Crepes), Accessed October 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Brouwer, Andy (2010). To Cambodia with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur. Phnom Penh: ThingsAsian Press. p. 15. ISBN 1934159085. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  6. ^ Murray, Bennett. "Rasmey's restaurant makes a mean banh chao". Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 17 July 2017.

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