Hoi An Rice Flour Pancakes

Rice Flour Pancakes. Bánh xèo is a crispy rice flour pancake with tiny shrimp, bits of pork and bean sprouts that is then wrapped with fresh lettuce and herbs in rice paper and dipped into nuóc châm, a traditional, intensely flavored, sweet-sour dipping sauce.

Nuóc Châm

Yields | 1½ cups |

  •     2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  •     2 Tbsp sugar
  •     ½ cup warm water
  •     ¼ cup Vietnamese fish sauce
  •     1⁄3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  •     2 Tbsp white vinegar
  •     2 red Thai chiles, thinly sliced

| Preparation | In a small bowl, mash garlic and sugar into a paste. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning. You want the flavor to be very assertive with a balance of tart and sweet with heat from chiles and garlic. Allow mixture to sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature so flavors can combine.