Recipe: Bánh Cuốn Pork Crepes

Banh Cuon (Source: Google Images)

Bánh cuốn is Vietnamese pork crêpes. It is rice rolls, made from a thin, sheet of steamed rice batter, filled with seasoned ground pork, and minced onions, shallots. Sides for this dish consist of chả lụa , sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce Nuoc Cham. In Tra Vinh, Banh Cuon is also served with banh gia

Traditionally, the rice crepes are steamed on the top of  a piece of white fabric that sits on the top of the boiling water pot.  The crepes cooked this way are soft and silky.

In the US, we use the non-stick skillet to make the crepes, so they are not as silky as the traditional crepes. However, with good seasoning pork filling and dipping sauce Nuoc Cham, the home-made Banh Cuon are still very delicious.

Recipes

The following recipes of Banh Cuon used non-stick skillet to make crepes.  The recipes are very similar, but one recipe may have more pictures, instructions and tips.

Cooking Tips

  • The crepes are clearer and more elastic if use more tapioca flour.  But crepes are more chewy if too much tapioca flour.
  • First time, when you use non-stick pan to make crepes, it will take a few tries to make them right.  Do not throw away the bad crepes that you cannot fill the pork mixture.  Put them aside.   When you eat, place them on the bottom of the dish, and put good Banh Cuon rolls on the top.
  • Wood ear mushrooms are optional, is for crunchy.
  • Also, we can use ground turkey, chicken or tofu instead of ground pork.
  • Make sure Nuoc Cham is sweet and savory, not salty,  since it plays an important role in good Banh Cuon.

Picture: Traditional way of making Banh Cuon with steam pot. (Note, this picture I found on the internet long time ago)

Traditional way of making Banh Cuon

Reference

  1. Banh Cuon from Gas-tron-o-my, used non-stick skillet.
  2. Recipe of Banh Cuon, by RunAwayRice.
  3. Video of Banh Cuon, by RunAwayRice – Must watch for a beginner.   Good instructions, and tips.
  4. DIY traditional steamed pot   from Spice of Life.  She used the  hardware from Home Depot (hardware store) to make the frame for the steamed pot.  Good method.
  5. Video of making Banh cuon  in a  food stand in  Can Tho, Mekong Delta –  Good to watch.  Best team work from two guys.  Traditionally, it’s woman job. (Source: Wander Spoon)
  6. Video of making Banh Cuon in Vietnam food stand
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