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BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days Country: V for Vietnam Dish: Crispy Rice & Mung bean Pancakes (Bánh Xèo) We are visiting Vietnam today. Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest and Cambodia to southwest. Vietnamese cuisine features a combination of 5 fundamental taste elements/ senses: spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet which sounds much like Indian tastes as well. Traditional Vietnamese cooking uses lot of fresh ingredients, minimum use of oil and relies on herbs and vegetables. Vietnamese food is considered as...


6 pancakes

Total time

60 minutes






  • 0.5 cup jasmine rice
  • 0.5 cup Mung Moong beans
  • 0.25 cup coconut milk
  • 2 ~ 3 Green Onions
  • a pinch turmeric
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 8 oz Firm Tofu
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 cups basil cilantro mint
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1½ tsps fish sauce
  • 1 tsp Chile garlic
  • 0.25 cup sugar
  • 0.25 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsps rice vinegar
  • 2 tsps lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 chile


  1. Soak mung beans and rice overnight or at least for 8 hours. Rinse and drain soaked rice and blend into a smooth paste using some water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Rinse and drain the mung beans and grind to a somewhat smooth paste. Add this to rice mixture along with coconut milk, green onions, turmeric and salt.
  3. Heat 1tsp oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add ¼cup mushrooms and 2 slices tofu, and stir-fry till the mushrooms are slightly tender.
  4. Ladle in just enough batter to cover the veggies in the pan, swirling the pan to coat the bottom.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 3~5 minutes or until the bottom is crispy.
  6. Scatter ¼cup bean sprouts over one side of the pancake; fold other side over to form a half moon.
  7. Cook the pancake 1~2 minutes per side.
  8. Repeat with the remaining batter and veggies to make a total of 6 pancakes. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce.
  9. Vietnamese Dipping Sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  10. Vegetarian Fish Sauce: Stir 5tbsp boiling water into sugar in small bowl. Cool, then stir in remaining ingredients.
Contains allergens

✅ Soy

✅ Dairy

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