Sizzlin’ Crêpes

January 26, 2008
Cuisine: Vietnamese

607 Nguyen Kiem Street
Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City

Phone: none
Website: none

Banh Xeo (25,000 VND for 10)

Bo La Lot (28,000 VND)

“Look for the flames on the left-hand-side of the road,” instructed Zach.

With such spot-on instructions, The Astronomer and I easily located this banh xeo and bo la lot joint in an unfamiliar part of town.

Phu Nhuan District is a good 30 minute ride from District 4, but one bite of their banh xeo, and the long trip is completely worth it.

Unlike the giant, paper-thin, slightly soggy, ton-o-bean sprouts banh xeo served up at 46A and Long Huy, the ones in Phu Nuan are more like those I ate in Da Nang.

The banh xeo are made in front of the restaurant in small griddles over large flames. The smoky environs lend a welcomed char to the saffron beauties.

Measuring four inches in diameter, these banh xeo are wonderfully crispy and filled with grilled pork pieces similar to thit nuong, a few bean sprouts, and a smattering of whole mung beans.

Wrapped up in mustard leaves and dipped in nuoc mam, these banh xeo were so so good. Without the help of Zach’s ESL students, we would have never found this place.

The Astronomer and Zach are both very fond of bo la lot—grilled seasoned beef wrapped in betel leaves. The ones made here are grilled out front next to the banh xeo and have a nice ratio of meat to leaves.

Whereas I like to eat bo la lot without adornments, the boys take the time to wrap theirs in lettuce, herbs, and rice paper and dip them in nuoc mam. Either way, they’re a great complement to the banh xeo.

6 Responses to “Sizzlin’ Crêpes”

  1. 1 White On Rice Couple February 1, 2008 at 1:24 am

    OMG, we lvoe banh xeo! This sizzling picture is just fabulous and it depicts the true essence of the dish. And the price! wow!

  2. 2 Wandering Chopsticks February 1, 2008 at 2:40 am

    I didn’t care for the banh xeo at 46A either. I like mien Trung banh xeo too! But then, that’s b/c I’m nguoi Trung and I think Central food is best. 😉

  3. 3 Gastronomer February 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    WoRC – speaking of fabulous pix—you and the red rice! Dang! I will eat a crepe each for you and Todd next time. I’m liking this vicarious-eating arrangement we have.

    Wandering Chopsticks – Here, here regarding central food. My faves are com hen and banh beo. My gramps is from Hue 🙂

  4. 4 chewybanhbao February 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Hello from California. Awesome blog. Are you in Vietnam for vacation?

  5. 5 White On Rice Couple February 4, 2008 at 7:33 am

    But Todd never eats just one banh xeo. From the looks of the banh xeo from your pix, he needs about 3 of them with extra rau ram. I’m happy with just 2. We love this eating arrangement too, but why do we feel that you always get the better end of the “flavor” deal ? 🙂

  6. 6 Gastronomer February 4, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    sup chewy – I am currently living in Saigon!

    WoRC – 5 it is! You and Todd eat super-deliciously as well 😉

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