Eating banh khot in Vietnam

If you love sầu crispy savory pancakes, you’re going to lớn love sầu Vietnamese banh khot! 

Among muốn the danh sách of endless delicious Vietnamese snacks and light meals, is a little gem called banh khot (bánh khọt).quý khách đã xem: Bánh khọt giờ anh là gì

They could be translated in a number of different ways, from crispy savory pancakes, to coconut rice cakes, lớn kettle cakes… but maybe a little less confusing description is just delicious bite sized treats.

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Crispy mini pancakesWhat is banh khot?

It’s a famous Vietnamese dish of miniature pancakes served with herbs và vegetables and spicy sweet fish sauce for dipping.

The batter is made of a combination of mostly rice flour, và even leftover grains of rice, with a hint of turmeric lớn give them a beautiful yellow tinge, và mixed together with coconut milk khổng lồ make it extra creamy & rich.

Finally, the topping is usually shrimp và diced up green onions, and in this case, extra coconut milk.

The little mini pancakes are cooked in the same type of griddle as Thai khanom krok, but instead of being a sweet dessert like the Thai version, they are savory và eaten with one of the great joys of Vietnamese cuisine – fresh herbs và leafy green vegetables.

You can kiểm tra out a full recipe here if you want to lớn make it at home page.


A fresh plate of hot mini pancakes

While the Vietnamese banh xeo (video) is a mega sized crepe (at least that’s the case in southern Vietnam), banh khot are much smaller in form size, usually thicker và more hearty with batter.

And just lượt thích banh xeo, it seems khổng lồ be a Vietnamese dish that many locals are passionate about and absolutely love khổng lồ eat.

In my personal experience, I have sầu lớn say that so far I would typically choose banh khot over banh xeo.


I could smell the pancakes from across the market

I had already eaten banh khot a number of times at more sit down restaurants in Saigon, lượt thích at one of the most famous places in the thành phố, Cô Ba Vũng Tàu.

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But as I was meandering through Chợ Bàn Cờ market, a wonderful local market one day, a lady was frying up a storm of pancakes, và the aroma of sizzling batter & shrimp gave both myself và my wife the immediate irresistible urge to lớn stop everything we were doing và eat.


Street food stall in Saigon

Although there were only about 4 seats available at the counter space, luckily there were two open chairs, which, as we learned in Vietphái nam – if you see an empty chair và want lớn eat there, you better sit down immediately. If you contemplate for too long, your seats will be taken.

Just lượt thích in Tokyo, seats at meal times in restaurants & street food stalls are prime real estate in busy areas of Saigon.

So we sat down, & ordered up a plate of banh khot.


Sitting down for a snack in Saigon

The vendor was working as quickly as she could, fulfilling takeaway orders to passerby’s who had also been enticed by the glorious whiffs of her griddle cakes wafting through the aisles of the condensed market.

In order to lớn make the bite sized treats, she first added a few spoons of oil to lớn her griddle. Then in went a the pancake batter, which she expertly tossed in, to the immediate hiss of the sizzling batter.

Mini griddle pancakes

Then, she tossed on a sprinkle of fried mung beans (I believe sầu that’s what they were), and finally she artfully placed on a little pre-cooked shrimp, and a sprinkle of sliced green onions to top it off.

About khổng lồ dig in!

The crispy pancakes were then scooped out of their oily homes onto lớn a plate, and she then asked me if I’d lượt thích some extra sauce – which I think was just straight coconut cream – on top.

I decided to go half and half, và she quickly topped half of the plate with the creamy sauce và handed it khổng lồ me.

As normal, they were served with a plate piled high of leafy vegetables like lettuce and mustard greens, and there were some sprigs of basil và shiso leaves as well.

What I really love is the herbs and leaves

The basic method for eating is to lớn take one of the wider leaves lượt thích a mustard greens leaf for instance, hold it in your palm, then take a mini pancake, place it in the middle, layer it with extra herbs, kind of wrap the entire agglomeration inlớn a spring roll shape (or however it turns out), & then dip into the Vietnamese fish sauce dressing.

I also saw others dip their mini pancake into the sauce, before adding it khổng lồ the middle of their handful of leaves.

The pancakes were as crispy as fried chicken on the outside, but the batter on the inside was smooth and almost creamy – it actually reminded me of creamy mashed potatoes, yet richer & more coconut flavored.

A version of nuoc cyêu thích, sweet salty fish sauce, for dipping

The shrimp added a protein touch, & the pieces with the extra coconut cream topping, added just a hint of even more richness.

The dipping sauce, a version of nuoc cđam mê, was sweet và salty, & supplemented with thin slices of carrot, daikon, và chilies.

Again, I can hardly express how much I love the Vietnamese style of eating where the main dish is wrapped within leaves and herbs, và dipped inlớn a delicious sauce, before being consumed.

An assembled handful of Vietnamese banh khot

As soon as I bit into my wobbly leaf rolls, with the crispy pancake somewhere hidden in the middle, I got that beautiful crisp freshness from the leaves, the crunchiness from the banh khot, and finally that creaminess of the batter & the coconut cream topping.

This particular version of crispy Vietnamese street food pancakes were made simple, yet were probably the tastiest I had in Saigon.

Delicious Vietnamese food

Banh khot, depending on how hungry you are, can either be a light meal, or just a snack.

Like so many other Vietnamese street food dishes, it’s a great social food, something that not only tastes great, but is also fun khổng lồ assemble and eat.

Not to mention, sitting on a stool, surrounded by a constant flow of shoppers, noise in every direction, commotion everywhere I looked, is in my opinion, one of the finest environments for dining.

Have you tried banh khot?

If you have sầu a few minutes, here’s the full video clip of the street food snack… it really gives a sense of the atmosphere (& the delicious food), so cliông chồng play below!

(If you can see the video clip, watch it here)


Banh khot is a crispy Vietnamese bite-sized mini pancake, often eaten as a snaông xã or light meal, & consumed with stacks of green leafy vegetables và herbs, và sweet salty fish sauce.

When I was in Saigon, while exploring a local market, I stopped in the midst of the busy morning shopping bustle, for a hot fresh plate of mini pancakes.

Sitting on a stool using the countertop, I enjoyed probably the best Vietnamese mini rice pancakes I’ve sầu ever had.

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What I really love about Vietnamese banh khot is the combination of herbs & vegetables paired with the pancakes that are crispy & oily. The contrast of both flavors và textures is what really makes them delicious.

For this exact place, fine “Banh Khot” on the bản đồ, cliông chồng it, & it will take to lớn the place on the bản đồ. Enjoy!

Have sầu you already eaten banh khot? Do you lượt thích it?

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