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Eating banh khot in Vietnam

If you love crispy savory pancakes, you’re going lớn love Vietnamese banh khot! 

Among the các mục of endless delicious Vietnamese snacks and light meals, is a little gem called banh khot (bánh khọt).Bạn đã xem: Bánh khọt tiếng anh là gì

They could be translated in a number of different ways, from crispy savory pancakes, to lớn coconut rice cakes, khổng lồ kettle cakes… but maybe a little less confusing description is just delicious bite sized treats.

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Crispy mini pancakesWhat is banh khot?

It’s a famous Vietnamese dish of miniature pancakes served with herbs & vegetables and spicy sweet fish sauce for dipping.

The batter is made of a combination of mostly rice flour, & even leftover grains of rice, with a hint of turmeric to lớn give them a beautiful yellow tinge, and mixed together with coconut milk khổng lồ make it extra creamy & rich.

Finally, the topping is usually shrimp và diced up green onions, & in this case, extra coconut milk.

The little mini pancakes are cooked in the same type of griddle as bầu khanom krok, but instead of being a sweet dessert like the bầu version, they are savory and eaten with one of the great joys of Vietnamese cuisine – fresh herbs & leafy green vegetables.

You can check out a full recipe here if you want to lớn make it at home.


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A fresh plate of hot mini pancakes

While the Vietnamese banh xeo (video) is a mega sized crepe (at least that’s the case in southern Vietnam), banh khot are much smaller in size, usually thicker and more hearty with batter.

And just like banh xeo, it seems khổng lồ be a Vietnamese dish that many locals are passionate about and absolutely love khổng lồ eat.

In my personal experience, I have khổng lồ say that so far I would typically choose banh khot over banh xeo.


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I could smell the pancakes from across the market

I had already eaten banh khot a number of times at more sit down restaurants in Saigon, like at one of the most famous places in the city, Cô bố Vũng Tàu.

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But as I was meandering through Chợ Bàn Cờ market, a wonderful local market one day, a lady was frying up a storm of pancakes, and the aroma of sizzling batter và shrimp gave both myself and my wife the immediate irresistible urge khổng lồ stop everything we were doing & eat.


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Street food stall in Saigon

Although there were only about 4 seats available at the counter space, luckily there were two mở cửa chairs, which, as we learned in Vietnam – if you see an empty chair & want lớn eat there, you better sit down immediately. If you contemplate for too long, your seats will be taken.

Just like in Tokyo, seats at meal times in restaurants và street food stalls are prime real estate in busy areas of Saigon.

So we sat down, & ordered up a plate of banh khot.


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Sitting down for a snack in Saigon

The vendor was working as quickly as she could, fulfilling takeaway orders to passerby’s who had also been enticed by the glorious whiffs of her griddle cakes wafting through the aisles of the condensed market.

In order lớn make the bite sized treats, she first added a few spoons of oil to lớn her griddle. Then in went a the pancake batter, which she expertly tossed in, to the immediate hiss of the sizzling batter.


Mini griddle pancakes

Then, she tossed on a sprinkle of fried mung beans (I believe that’s what they were), and finally she artfully placed on a little pre-cooked shrimp, và a sprinkle of sliced green onions to top it off.

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The crispy pancakes were then scooped out of their oily homes onto a plate, and she then asked me if I’d lượt thích some extra sauce – which I think was just straight coconut cream – on top.

I decided lớn go half và half, and she quickly topped half of the plate with the creamy sauce và handed it lớn me.

As normal, they were served with a plate piled high of leafy vegetables lượt thích lettuce & mustard greens, and there were some sprigs of basil and shiso leaves as well.


What I really love is the herbs & leaves

The basic method for eating is to take one of the wider leaves lượt thích a mustard greens leaf for instance, hold it in your palm, then take a mini pancake, place it in the middle, layer it with extra herbs, kind of wrap the entire agglomeration into a spring roll shape (or however it turns out), & then dip into the Vietnamese fish sauce dressing.

I also saw others dip their mini pancake into the sauce, before adding it to the middle of their handful of leaves.

The pancakes were as crispy as fried chicken on the outside, but the batter on the inside was smooth & almost creamy – it actually reminded me of creamy mashed potatoes, yet richer & more coconut flavored.


A version of nuoc cham, sweet salty fish sauce, for dipping

The shrimp added a protein touch, & the pieces with the extra coconut cream topping, added just a hint of even more richness.

The dipping sauce, a version of nuoc cham, was sweet và salty, & supplemented with thin slices of carrot, daikon, and chilies.

Again, I can hardly express how much I love the Vietnamese style of eating where the main dish is wrapped within leaves và herbs, and dipped into a delicious sauce, before being consumed.


An assembled handful of Vietnamese banh khot

As soon as I bit into my wobbly leaf rolls, with the crispy pancake somewhere hidden in the middle, I got that beautiful crisp freshness from the leaves, the crunchiness from the banh khot, và finally that creaminess of the batter và the coconut cream topping.

This particular version of crispy Vietnamese street food pancakes were made simple, yet were probably the tastiest I had in Saigon.


Delicious Vietnamese food

Banh khot, depending on how hungry you are, can either be a light meal, or just a snack.

Like so many other Vietnamese street food dishes, it’s a great social food, something that not only tastes great, but is also fun khổng lồ assemble và eat.

Not to mention, sitting on a stool, surrounded by a constant flow of shoppers, noise in every direction, commotion everywhere I looked, is in my opinion, one of the finest environments for dining.


Have you tried banh khot?

If you have a few minutes, here’s the full video clip of the street food snack… it really gives a sense of the atmosphere (and the delicious food), so click play below!

(If you can see the video, watch it here)

Conclusion

Banh khot is a crispy Vietnamese bite-sized mini pancake, often eaten as a snack or light meal, and consumed with stacks of green leafy vegetables & herbs, và sweet salty fish sauce.

When I was in Saigon, while exploring a local market, I stopped in the midst of the busy morning shopping bustle, for a hot fresh plate of mini pancakes.

Sitting on a stool using the countertop, I enjoyed probably the best Vietnamese mini rice pancakes I’ve ever had.

What I really love about Vietnamese banh khot is the combination of herbs and vegetables paired with the pancakes that are crispy and oily. The contrast of both flavors and textures is what really makes them delicious.

For this exact place, fine “Banh Khot” on the map, click it, and it will take to the place on the map. Enjoy!

Have you already eaten banh khot? vì chưng you lượt thích it?


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