Banh xeo

Bánh xèo (literally “sizzling cake”) are Vietnamese savoury pancakes made out of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts and then pan fried. Traditionally, they are served wrapped in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves, and stuffed with mint leaves, basil, fish leaf and/or other herbs, and dipped in a prepared nước mắm called nuoc cham (Vietnamese fish sauce thinned with water and lemon). In the Central region, the pancake is dipped in a special ‘tuong’ sauce which consists of liver, hoisin sauce and garlic. (Wikipedia)

This is by far my most favourite dish of Danang. So much that if I must recommend only one dish to introduce Danang food, I would unhesitatingly choose this over many other great dishes. Why? Because it is absolutely delicious and “edible” to anyone. The sauce doesn’t include any special “nuoc mam” (fish sauce) so don’t worry if you can’t stand nuoc mam’s smell. In fact, the sauce is the key element which separates good and not so good Banh xeo, and makes Banh xeo in Danang unique and different from those in other cities. Most shops also sell “nem lui” together with banh xeo, so don’t forget to try them as well.

The best and most famous shop for Banh xeo in Danang is without doubt “Ba Duong” (literally means “Mrs Duong”. If you’ve noticed, lots of food shops in Central Vietnam begin their names with “Ba”. Well, lucky lucky Central misters). This shop is located in a very small street but is always crowded. There are around 4 more banh xeo shops opened up in that incredibly narrow street just to compete with “Ba Duong”, so make sure you get to the right shop. If you ride a motorbike, make sure you park in Ba Duong’s parking lot unless you want to receive unfriendly glances from other shop owners. Well this may sound troublesome, but believe me, the hot sizzling delicious pancakes worth a try 😉

Click here to know how to roll.

Banh xeo
Nem lụi – don’t forget to try this
How to roll banh xeo
Special “tuong” sauce for banh xeo and nem lui


My pick: Ba Duong – K280/23 Hoang Dieu – 30,000 VND per banh xeo dish, 4000 VND per stick of nem lui (as of Dec 8, 2011)
WHEN: mostly dinner. Afternoon is also OK.
The sign of Ba Duong’s parking lot


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2 comments on “Banh xeo


Ba Duong is hands down the best banh xeo ever. They have the best sauce and the cakes are nice and crispy. But, do try others around town, some even have a little quail egg cooked into the cake!

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