Banh Khot, A Vung Tau Street Speciality


Every little village in Vietnam seems to have its own special dish. When Vietnamese┬átravel in their own country, trying the local speciality is an absolute must — and I am more than happy to tag along, eating multi-course multi-site meals, with plenty of exotic snacks in between.

In Vung Tau, a former fishing village turned oil industry hub, the speciality is banh khot, small savory pancakes.

Vietnamese pancakes

They don’t look too impressive at first glance, but like many Vietnamese dishes, the deliciousness is the result of wrapping and dipping.

The pancakes are made with rice flour, coconut milk, chopped spring onion and shrimp. After being cooked on a huge iron griddle, the pancakes are sprinkled with the delightfully-named pork floss and more chopped spring onion.

Vietnamese pancakes

A plate-full of banh khot is usually served with a side of sliced green papaya, a plate of fresh herbs, a stack of wrappers — usually mustard leaves and lettuce leaves — and a dipping sauce. At this little eatery in Vung Tau the dipping sauce was in a big plastic jug on the table. We nearly mistook it for tea!

While you wait for the pancakes to be cooked, pour some dipping sauce into little bowls. When your fresh-off-the-cooker pancakes arrive, take a mustard leaf and place a little pancake on it. Add some herbs and some strips of papaya. Wrap it up into a little bundle and dip. Wonderful! Order a second plate.

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9 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.

7 Comments

  1. Ayngelina says:

    I love all the food in Vietnam, delicious!

  2. Thanks Ayngelina (and welcome to the blog)! I love Vietnamese food too, if that’s not immediately apparent.

    Anon

  3. Sofia says:

    Yumm, sounds delicious! Can’t wait to go there soon!

    • Hey Sofia! I’m working on a guide to help travelers order Vietnamese street food, especially little-known dishes like banh khot. Stay tuned. If you’re heading to Vietnam soon let me know and I’ll send you an advanced copy. Still very early stages, though. ­čÖé

  4. kerri nichols says:

    I love Vietnamese food, the plethora of Vietnamese restaurants in my home suburb in Melbourne sent us exploring Vietnam, one of my favourite holiday destinations.

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