Amy has a crack at cooking banh xeo. She calls it one of the ‘simplest recipes’ she gleaned from her trip through Vietnam. Not sure I’d wholly agree with that. While the recipe itself might be a piece of piss, getting it right requires a deft hand, a frying pan as hot as the sun and a nibble touch with the batter.
Here’s a film of banh xeo cooking on Dinh Cong Trang street in Saigon. Also, the pic on the left shows banh xeo served with spring onions – this is very unusual. Amy says she had it served with rice paper, I’ve never seen it done that way. More often it comes with a mountain of mustard leaves, lettuce and herbs.
I just had a superb boeuf bouginon for dinner, but I do miss a good banh xeo. Go read Amy for the recipe.