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Banh Xeo

Bánh Xèo – Vietnamese Sizzling Pancakes

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x


Vegan Bánh Xèo are crispy, savory Vietnamese pancakes. Light, fresh and vibrant meal option with a Vietnamese dipping sauce!


Units Scale
  • 150 g rice flour
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric powder
  • 250 ml coconut milk (or sub with warm water)
  • 200 ml beer (or sub with soda water)
  • 4 stalks green onions
  • oil for frying
  • 200 g tofu
  • 150 g mushroom of choice
  • 100 g bean sprouts
  • lettuce, coriander and mint (optional)

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce / vegan fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • juice from 1 lime (or sub with rice vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • minced chili & garlic (I used about 3 cloves of garlic, 1 Thai chili)


  1. Combine rice flour, coconut milk, turmeric powder in a bowl. Add the beer for crispiness.
  2. Thinly slice the spring onions and add to the mixture. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the tofu into bite sized pieces. Pat dry the tofu with some kitchen papers.
  4. Cut the mushroom into thin slices.
  5. In a pan, add oil and fry the tofu until both sides are golden. Remove the tofu from the heat and set aside.
  6. With the remaining oil, add the mushroom slices, stir fry on high heat for 1 minute until golden. Add a few fried tofu pieces.
  7. Pour a thin layer of the batter into the pan. Scroll the pan around so that the batter becomes a very thin layer and covers all sides of the pan, add extra batter if needed.
  8. Add bean sprouts on top. Cover the pan with a lid for about 5 minutes.
  9. When the bottom of the pancake is golden brown, fold the pancake in half. Fry for another minute then flip the pancake.
  10. Transfer the crepe to a plate, repeat the steps to make the remaining pancakes. Add 1 tbsp of oil for each crepe.
  11. Enjoy with herbs of choice and Vietnamese dipping sauce (combine the soy sauce, sugar, lime juice, warm water, minced chili & garlic).


Bánh Xèo tastes best when it’s hot and fresh. You can save the batter for frying later if you cannot finish them all.

The recipe makes 4 Bánh Xèo.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: vietnamese

Keywords: 30-minute meal, easy to make, indulgent, lunch idea, summer recipe, vegan, vietnamese