Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Crêpes with Prawns and Pork Belly)



  • 2/3 pound pork belly (without rind)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar (+ a pinch)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 25 prawns (headless and peeled)
  • 9 ounces rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 2/3 cups coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup fish sauce
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 red chili pepper (seeded and sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 pound bean sprouts
  • 6 stalks Asian herbs (mixed, such as coriander, Thai Mint, Thai basil)
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    1. For the filling: rub the pork belly all over with 1/2 tsp of salt and a pinch of sugar. Cover and refrigerate for approximately 2 hours. Then preheat the oven to 350°F. Put the pork belly with the fat facing up in an Dutch oven and bake for 1 hour in the oven. Then turn the temperature down to 250°F and cook it for 1 more hour. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly. Wrap the pork tightly in foil and chill it for 2-3 hours in the fridge.
    2. Slice the cold pork thinly. Heat the oil in a wok or a large skillet and fry the prawns for 2-3 minutes. Season them to taste and leave them to cool.
    3. For the crêpes: mix the rice flour with about 1 tsp of salt and the turmeric. Whisk with the coconut milk, then stir in the sparkling water. Pour the batter through a fine sieve and stir in the scallions. Refrigerate it for 1 hour. For the dip: warm the fish sauce slightly in a saucepan and dissolve the 3/4 cup of sugar in it. Let it cool and stir in the lime juice and chili.
    4. Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan with a lid (approx. 11 inch diameter). Pour 1 ladle full of the batter into the pan so that it's fully coated. Put 4-5 prawns and 5-6 pork belly slices on the batter and put a handful of beansprouts on one side. Put the lid on and cook it 3-4 mins. When the crêpe is golden, fold it over and keep it warm on a plate, while you repeat the process with the rest of the ingredients. Serve the crêpes sprinkled with herbs with the dip on the side.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium134% DV3220mg
    Fat97% DV63g
    Protein31% DV16g
    Carbs27% DV80g
    Fiber12% DV3g
    Calories950Calories from Fat570
    Total Fat63g97%
    Saturated Fat29g145%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat570
    Total Carbohydrate80g27%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A2%
    Vitamin C10%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.