Hue is known as the “capital of cuisine”. This cuisine is deeply rooted in the identity of this ancient capital, with a harmonious combination of the quintessence of royal cuisine and folk cuisine, known for its rich, elegant, and refined flavors.

Hue people are well-known for their meticulous attention to detail and culinary sophistication. Xeo Cake (hue crispy pancake) is a well-known Hue specialty that is only available in Hue City. Hue crispy pancake, like a one-of-a-kind culinary painting, captures the distinct flavor of central Vietnam. It clearly demonstrates the Hue people’s eating habits and culinary philosophy.

1. The Origin Of The Name “Banh Xeo”

The name Xeo Cake comes from the sound of frying the batter. When a ladle of batter is poured into a hot pan, the sizzling sound is heard and lasts until the pancake is almost cooked. From there, this traditional pancake is named Xeo Cake.

2. How to Make Hue Banh Xeo

Step 1: Start by whisking together the ingredients—flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt—in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the ingredients: milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.

Hue crispy pancake
Hue crispy pancake

Step 2: Mix the batter gently. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, whisking just until combined. A few lumps are okay; overmixing will make the pancakes tough.

Hue crispy pancake
Hue crispy pancake

Step 3: Cook the crispy pancake. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat, and lightly grease it with oil or butter. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, leaving space for spreading. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. You’ll see bubbles forming on the surface, and the edges will start to set.

Hue crispy pancake
Hue crispy pancake

3. Highlights Of The Vietnamese Crispy Pancake/h3>

To begin, the Hue crispy pancake differs from other cakes in that it is served after the diners have taken their seats at the table. The owner will begin pouring the cake into the small cast-iron pan. After the oil has boiled, pour a medium layer of flour into it.

When the cake is done, add the shrimp, meat, and eggs, as well as the rack to one side. When the crust is yellow and crispy, turn it upside down into a semicircle, place it on a plate, and serve to guests.

Hue crispy pancake
Hue crispy pancake

4. Sweet and sour fish sauce

Vietnamese pancake dipping sauce is a must-have condiment when eating bánh xèo. The sauce has a sweet and sour, spicy flavor that blends with the rich flavor of the pancake to create the dish’s signature taste. Making Vietnamese pancake dipping sauce is simple; simply combine fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice, chopped chili peppers, and chopped garlic in a bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add sugar, stir well, and season to taste…

Hue crispy pancake
Hue crispy pancake

5. Hue Banh Xeo Cooking Class

Banh Xeo is a signature dish of Vietnamese cuisine, originating from the Central region. The dish is made from rice flour, eggs, shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, green onions, etc. and is fried on a hot pan. The pancake has a round shape, usually 15-20 cm in size.

Learning how to make Hue banh xeo is a great opportunity to learn about how to make this dish, from ingredient selection to mixing the batter, pouring the pancake, and making the dipping sauce.

In the class, you will be guided by a professional chef who will share with you the secrets to making delicious and crispy Banh Xeo. You will learn how to choose the right type of rice for the batter, how to mix the batter so that the pancake has the right amount of crispiness and fluffiness, how to pour the pancake so that it is evenly golden brown and not burnt, how to make the sweet and sour, spicy dipping sauce, etc.

After completing the class, you will be able to make your own delicious banh xeo for your family and friends to enjoy.

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Hue crispy pancake
Hue crispy pancake

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