17May
Bánh Xèo Ngọc Sơn (1)

Sizzling Crepes: Bánh Xèo Ngọc Sơn

Bánh Xèo Ngọc Sơn: Sizzling Crepes

  • Address: 103 Ngô Quyền, P. 11, Q. 5, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
  • Hour: 9 am – 9:30 pm daily
  • Cost: Bánh Xèo – thường (Sizzling Crepes – regular): 45,000 Dong ~ $2.10 USD
    • Bánh Xèo – đặc biệt (Sizzling Crepes – special): 55,000 Dong ~ $2.50 USD
    • Bánh Khọt (Mini savory pancakes): 35,000 Dong ~ $1.60 USD

This restaurant is a little out of the central location of District 1, however, it’s quite close to the famous pagoda/temple: Chua Ba Thien Hau. Therefore, this spot is a good pit stop for a yummy lunch. 
Gigantic Sizzling Crepes with shrimps and pork slices

Gigantic Sizzling Crepes with shrimps and pork slices – regular version

This picture doesn’t do the size of the Sizzling Crepe any justice. It’s gigantic — It’s probably the size of my torso!

Bánh Xèo got it’s name, sizzling crepe, from the loud sizzling sound when the batter is poured into the hot skillet. The batter is made from rice flour, water and turmeric, for color. Nestling between this delicate and crispy crepe are shrimps, pork slices, thinly sliced onions, and bean sprouts. Here, you get a big plate of different types of vegetables such as mustard greens, lettuce leaves, mints, and basils to wrap your crepe with before dipping it in the sweet and tangy fish sauce. Although it’s fried, it’s not at all greasy. I’ve tried several places and this is my favorite because it’s a local place serving up great crepes at a decent price.

Bánh Xèo Ngọc Sơn (1)

Also, try an order of Bánh Khọt, mini savory pancakes with shrimps. It’s made of rice flour, coconut milk, turmeric, mung/green beans, and green onions. It’s fried in a special pan with “shallow-bowl” shapes. Similar to Bánh Xèo, it’s wrapped in lettuce and herbs and dipped in the sweet and tangy fish sauce.

Banh Khot: mini pancakes

Banh Khot: mini pancakes

Store front

Store front

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About Linh

"I love to eat. I live to eat. I travel to eat." It only took a short amount of time for me to find out that the rat race, corporate life was not the life I want and that pushing papers was not as creatively stimulating as they advertised. As a result, I exchanged my suits for suitcases and setting on a year long journey to Southeast Asia. For each country I visit, my goal is to immerse myself in its culture and, of course, feast my way through all of its delicacies.
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