Feb 2008

Sizzlin' Crêpes

January 26, 2008
Cuisine: Vietnamese

607 Nguyen Kiem Street * CLOSED *
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.

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5 thoughts on “Sizzlin' Crêpes

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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 ? 🙂

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