Posts Tagged 'Vietnamese food'

Homemade Banh Xeo (Vietnamese crepes)

The next item on our agenda was Banh Xeo, or Vietnamese crepes.

First, I roasted a pork tenderloin the night before:

We bought a banh xeo mix at the Asian grocery store. Just add water, coconut milk, and chopped green onions. It comes with a packet of turmeric, for color. My mom, of course, would have soaked rice and grind it herself…but we are lazy…

My sister painstakingly shelled and deveined the shrimp and steamed them.

Heat up a big, non-stick skillet and put in a heaping tablespoon of canola oil.

One ladle-full of banh xeo batter into the pan…

A handful of pork tenderloin slices, steamed shrimp, and as much bean sprouts as you like.

As soon as the edges are crisp and the bottom is golden, fold it over the filling and slide out onto a plate!

Serve with leaf lettuce, basil, cilantro, and any other herbs you like (such as dandelion leaves, purple basil, etc)…those are home-grown!!

Don’t forget the nuoc mam!

We also like to have some rice paper (banh trang) on the table to wrap it all up and eat, but lettuce wraps alone would be fine!

Enjoy!

Homemade Bo Bia

My mom is visiting family in Vietnam right now, so my sister got the bright idea of making some authentic Vietnamese cuisine for my dad while my mom was away.

What spurred this idea was my sister’s discovery of the Wandering Chopsticks blog. There, you can find a dizzying plethora of Vietnamese recipes and recommendations, all fully documented and photographed!

We adapted the Wandering Chopsticks recipe for Bo Bia, recalling our mom’s variations.

– Saute the julienned jicama along with julienned carrots.

– Slice the Chinese sausage crosswise and saute it with the reconstituted dried shrimp, along with a bit of green onions. (They actually make “extra lean” Chinese sausage now! Even a chicken variety too!)

– Spread a little sauce directly onto the rice paper as you wrap it. No need for dipping sauce on the side…for the ultimate street food experience!

– Omit the omelet…there’s already enough flavors going on in there…

Here are all the ingredients, ready for assembly.

It helps if you have these stackable plastic thingies for the rice paper…so you can avoid using a bunch of plates:

Everyone loves macro shots…

We added garlic chives for garnish…totally optional.

Yummm…salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy…