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A close look at a Vietnamese classic, Bánh Xèo - Golden Crêpe

A close look at a Vietnamese classic, Bánh Xèo - Golden Crêpe

One of the most varied cuisines in the world, Vietnamese food covers everything from sandwiches and soups to noodles, rice dishes and curries. Those familiar with Vietnamese cooking will know that there are certain tastes and ingredients that run through many classic dishes, giving this unique cuisine its distinctive flavour. 

A firm favourite here at Caphe Guests in Chiswick is Bánh Xèo, also known as golden crêpe. A family favourite in many homes in Vietnam, the dish combines many of the classic elements of the cuisine while bringing a few unique twists of its own.

What is Bánh Xèo?

Crispy, light and packed full of flavour, Bánh Xèo is a staple of our appetiser menu. Served with a fresh salad and fish sauce, the dish can either be made vegetarian or dished up stuffed with pork and prawns. Both versions of Bánh Xèo punch well above their weight when it comes to flavour, with extra ingredients like beansprouts and onions adding even more taste to the mix. 

A family favourite

Made from rice flour, turmeric and coconut milk, Bánh Xèo is often found sizzling on the street food stands of Vietnam. Like many Vietnamese meals, Bánh Xèo is best enjoyed with friends and family. The dish’s name refers to the sound the batter makes when it hits the hot pan; ‘Bánh Xèo’ loosely translates to ‘sizzling cake’. 

Though the yellow colour of the dish gives the impression it's stuffed with eggs, Bánh Xèo actually gets its distinctive hue from the turmeric powder that’s essential to the mix. 

Get stuck in

Bánh Xèo can be eaten using a knife or fork, or you can opt for the authentic option and get stuck in with your hands. Stuff the salad into the crepe for extra crunch and flavour, or enjoy Bánh Xèo as it is and taste all of the delicious flavours we incorporate into this unique dish.

An authentic slice of Vietnamese cuisine, Bánh Xèo is a must-try for anyone with an appreciation of Asian food. A culinary classic, the dish combines many of the best elements of Vietnamese cooking, resulting in a dish that is simple irresistible.

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