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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Banh Xeo Cookout

warning: not much on words tonight, picture heavy. 4th of july was long and kinda stressful. but what a lovely way to end it.

it all started with a drink. some concoction that buu had down in new orleans.

fresh squeezed oj ...

a layer of blue moon ...

topped with lambic beer. buu thought it tasted like punch. pam thought it tasted like Nyquil. i just thought it tasted like ass.

buu's maternal grandmother, Po-po, made pâté chaud, which is a throwback to my childhood. it was flaky. it was hot. and i'm sure my cholestorol went way up with the chicken liver mixed in the minched pork filling. it was delish tho.


next, i assisted aunt MyMy with the bánh xèo batter. followed the package instructions but we added a secret ingredient. i won't be divulging what that secret is tho.


assembling the Vietnamese crêpe step by step... sliced pork, squid, shrimp and onions. sautée for a few minutes, until the shrimp has a slight pink hue and then ladle in the batter, swirling just to coat the pan.


add a handful of chopped chives and bean sprouts, cover for about 3-4 minutes. you can tell when the crêpes are done when the edges start to curl away from the pan. fold over like an omelette and serve immediately with nước mắm. normally, i have two. one i eat like a salad, all tossed haphazardly on the plate with torn lettuce, various mints, and cucumber. the 2nd one i eat wrapped up in all the salad ingrediants but dipped in the fish sauce. either way, it's excellent.



rachael ray has nothing on me at the bánh xèo making station ...

9 comments:

  1. Looks awesome! And the crepes, too. No, really, I like your hair and the way that dress drapes.

    Any drink described as Nyquil (or ass) makes me glad that I don't drink. Ugh.

    Happy Fourth!

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  2. I'm such a crepe fan! I'll make sure to try them sometime, they look delish

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  3. I've always been intrigued by the banh xeo. . .looks great!

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  4. oh my oh my oh my! that crepe looks scruptious! i am salivating into my keyboard...

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  5. The crepes look great, but the drink looks even better! haha!

    Awesome blog!

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  6. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I'm' not getting mine to be crispy. I either burn it just a little to get the crisp or it's a little soft and soggy with no crisp. The flavor is still great, but I just can't get that crisp.

    ARGH!

    My mother would be so ashamed of me.

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  7. phantabulous, i tried to find your webpage to respond there (this was when i didn't respond directly to peeps here..)
    anyway, my aunt tells me to make sure the pan is uber hot and the oil is generous and hot too. make sure to pour the batter in super thin to ensure extra crispiness. you don't want it pancake consistence, then it'll be too thick and not crispy at all. hope that helps!

    your mom would not be ashamed! :)

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  8. phantabulous, i tried to find your webpage to respond there (this was when i didn't respond directly to peeps here..)
    anyway, my aunt tells me to make sure the pan is uber hot and the oil is generous and hot too. make sure to pour the batter in super thin to ensure extra crispiness. you don't want it pancake consistence, then it'll be too thick and not crispy at all. hope that helps!

    your mom would not be ashamed! :)

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  9. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I'm' not getting mine to be crispy. I either burn it just a little to get the crisp or it's a little soft and soggy with no crisp. The flavor is still great, but I just can't get that crisp.

    ARGH!

    My mother would be so ashamed of me.

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