Bahn Xeo or Asian Crispy Pancakes
I will admit it, I dislike thinking about dinner. The thought of having to cook while making sure the kids aren't destroying the house or creating more mess for me to clean is in my head while I think about dinner time. How about you? Is it the same in your household or are you organised?
I trawl through the internet food sites looking for inspiration. Sometimes I come up with nothing and sometimes I print out a few recipes I think I might like to try one blue moon. Today the blue moon showed up and I decided to try a go at Banh Xeo or Asian Pancakes. Mum makes them and it's a special treat for us when she does. I always thought they must be very hard to make. I'm not sure why but these are soooo easy!
You just need rice flour ( I bought some ages ago for such an occasion), ice water ( I used plain cold water), sugar and tumeric! I bought some tumeric at the shops because I had like a 5yr old sachet and I thought it best to throw it out. I mixed up the ingredients in the morning, went for a play date and came back home wondering if this would work out.
The first one two I made broke up when I tried to flip one half over the pork mince and I texted my friend asking for some suggestions. After a while we both figured out perhaps a little longer in the pan would do the trick and from then on it was smooth sailing. You can tell it's ready to flip the half over the mince when the edges start coming away from the wok. I leave the glass lid on after I pour in the mix with a ladel so I can see. You kinda have to swirl the mix around to make it a pancake (so to speak). When hubby came home he was excited and said it tasted good. The kids didn't like it so much (boo to them) but more for us! We love it served with sliced cucumber, lettuce ( I had no mint) and chilli sauce (mums special recipe). Yummmm.
The ingredients listed by Taste were enough for me and hubby and probably one other adult. You could end up with about three per person and if you lived with my family that is not enough. We'd need about 5 per person. I hope that has inspired you to try something new or an old favourite.
Do you have any good food websites to share???