Happy Hue Pancake

Bánh Khoái

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4-6

    as part of a Shared Meal
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Songs of Sapa

By Luke Nguyen

Published 2009

  • About

BANH KHOAI IN VIETNAMESE MEANS ‘HAPPY PANCAKE’, SO YOU NEED TO SMILE WHEN YOU PREPARE THIS DISH. THE PANCAKE NEEDS TO BE EXTRA CRISP AND CRUNCHY, SO DON’T TAKE IT OFF THE HEAT UNTIL THIS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. A HAPPY VEGETARIAN VERSION CAN ALSO BE CREATED BY SUBSTITUTING FRIED TOFU AND AN ASSORTMENT OF ASIAN MUSHROOMS FOR THE PORK AND PRAWNS.

I’VE USED SCHOOL PRAWNS HERE: BECAUSE THEY ARE SMALL THEY ARE VERY TENDER. THE VIETNAMESE ONLY TRIM OFF THE LEGS AND HEADS - THE SHELLS AN