An Overview of Vietnamese Pancake
Vietnamese Pancake or Banh Xeo is one of the most famous Vietnamese traditional cake. It has won the hearts of most Vietnamese and foreigners thanks to the great taste. The cake is special for its name “Xeo”, which means “sizzling”. After applying some oil onto the pan/wok, the cook pours the batter into the pan, then add the fillings and cover the lid. When the cake is ready, it makes a sound “sizzling”. Thus Vietnamese people call this cake Sizzling crepe. There are many versions of Banh Xeo in different regions of the countries. The cakes come in different sizes, ingredients, and cooking techniques. However, all Banh Xeo versions are in yellow color, have a crispy crust, served with vegetables, herbs, and dipping fish sauce. Dipping fish sauce plays an important part, a bad dip can ruin a perfect pancake.
In South Vietnam, the crust is thin and large. The most popular version of Vietnamese Pancake in South Vietnam is filled with bean sprouts, mung beans, pork belly, and shrimp. To eat, wrap the crust and fillings in lettuces, mustard greens, or Creek Premna leaves. They fry Banh Xeo in woks on wood burning stoves. In Central Vietnam, the crust is a little thicker and the diameter of the cake is shorter than the diameter of the Southern versions. They fry Banh Xeo in small flat pans. They usually wrap the cake, vegetables, and herbs in rice paper. In coastal regions, the fillings are made from seafood such as squid, clam, scallop.
Vietnamese pancake is served with vegetables, herbs, pickles, sweet and sour dipping fish sauce – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
To eat, wrap the crust, fillings, and herbs in mustard green leaf into a roll, then dip the roll in the fish sauce dip – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
How to cook and eat Vietnamese Pancake in Southern Style at Banh Xeo Ngoc Son – Video by Scooter Saigon Tour
Best places to eat Vietnamese Pancake in Ho Chi Minh City as below:
Although you can find and eat Vietnamese Pancake in Hue, Nha Trang, Hoi An, it is worth trying this cake in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon). The city has not less than one hundred of restaurants and street food stalls where you can eat Vietnamese Pancake. To help you have a chance to enjoy the best Banh Xeo in Saigon, I would like to share a list of Best places to eat Vietnamese Pancake in Ho Chi Minh City as below:
1. Banh Xeo An La Ghien
Location: 74 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City;
Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00;
Prices: 15,000 – 130,000 VND;
2. Banh Xeo Dinh Cong Trang
Location: 46A Dinh Cong Trang Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City;
Opening hours: 9:30 – 14:00; 16:00 – 21:00;
Prices: 55,000 – 320,000 VND.
3. Banh Xeo Ngoc Son
Location: 103 Ngo Quyen Street, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City;
Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00;
Prices: 40,000 – 110,000 VND.
Vietnamese pancake with crispy yellow crust at Banh Xeo Ngoc Son – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Foreigners are so excited at eating Vietnamese pancake at Banh Xeo Ngoc Son – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
4. Quan An
71/5 – 6 Mac Thi Buoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City;
Opening hours: 9:00 – 22:30;
Prices: 60,000 – 150,000 VND.
5. Co Ba Vung Tau
40B Tran Cao Van Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City;
102 Cao Thang Street, Ward 4, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City;
226 – 227 Muoi Tay Street, My Kim 2 Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City;
Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00;
Prices: 20,000 – 205,000 VND;
The warm atmosphere at Co Ba Vung Tau Restaurant – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
The pancake is extremely crispy and very big at Co Ba Vung Tau – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
A special version of Vietnamese pancake filled with young coconut palm, baby clams, and mung bean at Co Ba Vung Tau – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Eating Saigon is a great thing to do on your trip. How to eat the city to its fullest? It is easy to eat at fine dining restaurants which are for rich people and tourists. However, the real Saigon is at local restaurants which are favorite places of many Saigon people. Reaching the local restaurants outside of District 1 sometimes is difficult for foreigners. A Saigon Food Tour is a great choice to immerse into the city life, enjoy all the exotic foods with your tour guides as friends.