Why is Vietnamese Crepe (Banh Xeo) a popular street food?

Vietnamese Crepe (Banh Xeo)

Vietnamese Crepe (Banh Xeo)

Let us take a deeper culture dive into Vietnamese Cuisine and explore what “Vietnamese Crepe,” also refer as Banh Xeo. This dish is a widely popular street food cuisine in Vietnam! Banh Xeo is originally from in the southern region, but many other parts throw their unique twist to the crepe by adding eggs, squid, taro, and yellow beans.

Banh Xeo can be identified at Vietnamese restaurant as a yellow crepe or taco shaped entrée. The outer shell is made out of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder to give the different yellow distinguish color. The crepe is cooked in a pan with high temperature to create the outer crispy and crunchy texture. The vegetables and meat inside the Banh Xeo are often pork, shrimp, green onions, and bean sprouts. Banh Xeo is then served with a side of green vegetables often lettuce, mint, cucumber, pickled carrots. The proper way of eating Banh Xeo is cutting into bite size pieces and wrapping the crepe around with lettuce pieces. It then dipped into fish sauces with a squirt of chili sauces to add that extra sweet, salty, and spicy flavor. Watch Out! The entire meal can be a messy process to eat and required to have lots of napkins on the side!

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