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Bánh Xèo 46A

Posted date:  August 3, 2009

The banh xeo at Banh Xeo 46A, a restaurant in Saigon, Vietnam

Lonely Planet’s Vietnam reckons that Bánh Xèo 46A makes the best bánh xèo in Saigon. I’m certainly no authority on the dish, a type of Vietnamese filled crepe, but I reckon Bánh Xèo 46A do the best version of the dish I’ve had.

Unlike the bánh xèo served in Laos and Thailand (where it’s known as khanom beuang yuan), where the crepe is often paper-thin and crispy, the dish here is pleasantly eggy, hearty and relatively thick. The filling was also slightly different than bánh xèo I’ve had previously, and in addition to the usual shrimp, sliced shallots and bean sprouts, included thin slices of fatty pork belly. Watching the locals eat I also learned the definitive way to attack a dish of bánh xèo: roll a hearty hunk of the crepe up in an entire lettuce leaf until you have something the size and shape of a spring roll, and using your hand, dip it in the dipping sauce.

Bánh Xèo 46A
46A  Đ Đinh Công Tráng
03 824 1110
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2 Comments for Bánh Xèo 46A

I took some Thai visitors to a local Vietnamese restaurant (in Melbourne) we ended up ordering your typical Vietnamese restaurant in Thailand staples such as banh xeo and nem nuong (although these two dishes are by no means common at Vietnamese restaurants in Australia) and they commented on how different the texture and flavour every dish was. This post makes me want to hit Vietnam and find out for myself how different the ‘real’ thing is.

Stumbled upon your blog and I really like your Vietnamese series posts! Will be handy when I visit Vietnamese!!

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