How to make Banh Xeo in three steps(Vietnamese Crepe with Shrimp)

I’m going to try and make some Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe) next week.

It might come out all black but it’s worth a try!

Ingredients needed for Crepe Batter:

  • Rice Flour
  • White Sugar
  • Salt
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Coconut Milk
  • Water

Ingredients to fill up with Crepe:

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Minced Shallot (Your probably wondering what this is : Small Onions)
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Shrimp (Peeled)
  • Fish Sauce
  • Salt
  • Mung Bean sprouts
  • Lettuce Leaves

Time to get cooking and hope nothing explodes!

1. Cook the meat and fillings first in a nonstick skillet:

  • Cook Garlic and Shallot first for 1-2minutes
  • Then add shrimp for 3-4 minutes
  • Add fish sauce and remove and save the contents in a bowl

2. Crepe making time:

  • Assuming you made your batter already, you are now ready to cook the batter
  • Clean your Skillet and adjust to medium heat
  • Pour 1/2 cup of batter into the skillet
  • Swirl it to cover the bottom completely
  • Then throw in your fillings!
  • When you are ready, fold your crepe in half and remove it from the skillet.

3. Conclusion:

After you are done cooking the crepe. You can place it inside a 200 degrees F preheated oven to keep warm or just eat as is.

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Banh Xeo recipe from allrecipes.com

Source :

  1. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/247054/banh-xeo-vietnamese-crepes/
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Food Adventure: Rahn Nan Noodles

On December 7th I decided to go on another food adventure to try out a Thai dish that I’ve never had before. The dish I tried was called Rahn Nan Noodle.

What are Rahn Nan Noodles?

Rahn Nan Noodles are flat noodles with broccoli and black bean gravy. Some restaurants add baby corn to it as well (my dish did not had any corn).

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Overall Story:

When I arrived at the Restaurant the waitress was already busy getting to go boxes for another costumer. So I took this opportunity and wondered around to look at the design of the restaurant. This is what I’m thinking in my head as I explored my surroundings, “Wow everything is so plain and transparent here”.

The waitress recommended that I try the duck flat noodles or the chicken noodles. But I didn’t wanted duck because duck has too much cholesterol. So I asked her if shrimp is any good. She said she there isn’t a lot of shrimp in it and she does not recommend it. I went with the shrimp anyways just because I am already familiar with eating chicken and duck.

I ordered the Flat noodles with shrimp and broccoli with a spiciness level of 7.

When the food arrived, I took out my phone and other camera to take a few pictures. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to level up as a food photographer and take 20+ pictures of my food at different angles before I start eating. I didn’t come here to eat, I only came to take pictures. Don’t worry about me! :P.

Here are some pictures:

 

Finally, I was done taking pictures and it was time to eat. The broccoli tasted like normal steamed broccoli and there was nothing wrong with it. Once I tasted the broccoli I moved onwards to see if the noodles are any good. The noodles were all the way on the bottom of the plate and it was very hard to pick up. It was so slippery that I had trouble picking them up with chopsticks and fork. When I finally got a chance to try out the noodles, “oh yeh, this taste just like regular noodles”. I never had flat noodles before so I am not sure how to compare this to other noodles. I think the noodles are too soggy though.

 

The waitress kept coming back to ask me if everything was ok. I said yes everything was ok. But maybe next time I should try to say, “no your noodles are too (insert complaint or compliment here)” just to hear what kind of responses they might give me.

 

Future Plans:

*My next food adventure I will try to file a complaint or compliment to build up some confidence. I also want to try and talk to a few other people at the restaurant and ask them what they think of their food but I am too quiet at the moment. *Tune in next time!

 

My overall rating on this menu:

The soup was just right, not too salty, spicy or bland. The broccoli makes everything healthier because it is a vegetable. The shrimp seemed like it was cooked properly so I didn’t had any complaint about that. I didn’t think the noodles were as good as the waitress said it would be. In terms of price, the dish also cost 15$.

My overall rating will be a 5/10 for this particular menu just because the price is a bit too high for noodles.

I believe you can get two cheeseburgers at McDonalds for 2.79$:

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Thank you for reading. What kind of food do you normally order at a Thai Restaurant? Feel free to comment below!