Banh Xeo – Giant Vietnamese Crepe at Banh Xeo 46A



Banh xeo (bánh xèo) is an extremely popular Vietnamese savory pancake. Food is the reason you should travel –

One day while I was in Saigon, Vietnam, I met up with Kyle, who is a local vlogger (see the full food tour video here: and went eating around Saigon. Our first stop was at a restaurant known as Bánh Xèo 46A (Banh Xeo 46A), what is something of a legendary restaurant for eating this dish in Saigon.

Banh xeo can be eaten as a full meal, or just kind of as a snack – and it is enjoyed by Vietnamese from all walks of life, in all times of the day. We ordered the special version here, which was the biggest crepe, and filled with all sorts of goodies. The banh xeo production began with a hot pan over charcoal, with a lot of oil. First some onions were fried, and then in went a batter, which was similar just to a plain crepe batter. Along with the batter, some prawns and some pieces of pork belly were added to the crepe, and then it was topped with what I think was an egg, and finally a handful of bean sprouts. The banh xeo was then folded over, and served to us on a plate – it looked like a dosa!

You can’t eat Vietnamese banh xeo without fresh leafy vegetables, herbs, and sauces – and there was no short supply of green on our table at Bánh Xèo 46A. The main leaves were mustard leaves, which are big and leafy and provide a wonderful base, or wrapper. Then you just take a piece of the crunchy batter crepe, add it to a mustard green, garnish with a bunch of herbs, and then dip it in the sweet fish sauce provided. Along with the sweet fish sauce, I could not eat it without chili. The crepe itself is not all that flavorful, it’s actually quite plain, but all the flavor comes from both the herbs, and the sauce.

It was a great experience to eat banh xeo while I was in Vietnam. What I really enjoyed about it was the fresh herbs paired with the crunchiness savoury flavor of the crepe. If you visit Saigon, although Banh Xeo has become a bit on the touristy side, it’s still worth a visit if you’re looking for a huge banh xeo!

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  • Does he not know what a vegetable is?

    Raymond Myers May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • I eat the vegan version

    The Women Are Worthy Network May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • I went there just a couple of days ago and I didn't enjoy the fact that the big pieces of shrimp were unshelled. That gave the pancake a texture that was unpleasant. I previously tried Banh Xeo at Bep Me In and that was absolutely wonderful!

    flyktus May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • That looks amazing! So many vegetables with fish sauce. Yummmmmmm

    Jane VanSkike May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • nguyen kyle

    Desert buddy May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Yum. Messy lol yum.

    missy mason May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Dear Mark and Ying. I'm sure you won't read this, but it's worth a try. My beloved son, Jordan took his own life almost 6 years ago at 20 years of age, and ever since I wake up and watch your videos before going to work, as they genuinely fill me with hope. All I want to say as a food lover like you guys is a simple 'Thank You '. Errol.

    Errol Khan May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Baltimore Orioles fan.

    sherese dasilva May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • It’s mustard leaves 😋

    Thi Nguyen May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • I love how awkward you were back in these old videos! haha Awesome

    JJ May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Thought he live in. U/S, he speaks English very good he one of the boat people. I think he said early I was watch his. Channel thank you for sharing your beautiful video love your video thanks.

    Anne Corey May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • I roll mine like a blunt then dip

    Henry McDonald's May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Is that not expensive for one crepe? And in Vietnam? Or is that the norm? But I can eat at least 3 to myself!

    Aswajarna May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Thank yo

    Thai Tran May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Khrep

    andrea papapostolou May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • I was here last week on a vacation!! It was good!!!! Greetings from Malaysia!

    Heidi Cally May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
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    Nerseh Kindermah May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • one of the best breakfast in Vietnam

    William Winters May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • I love all your videos Mark! The vegetables is called cai xanh , Am soi 😊😊

    BICH HAMRE May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Mark your awesome ! Kyle looks like he’s saying to himself, I’m tired, I want to sleep.

    The Wootang Life May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • the batter is too white…No curcuma? The essential ingredient in this dish

    MINH T May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • you make it look yummy 😋

    Arlene Wilson May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • No turmeric?? Never seen bánh xèo without it. I think the flavor would be much different!

    Haliboldt May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Where are you from Mark?

    Kim Ngọc May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • that where i live few step away from that place..

    Sean Nguyen May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • you look funny Kyle.. looking at Mark..

    Adell acosta May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • wow good food ba'nh xe`o # 1

    Thanh Trieu May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • The crepes are awesome, had them homemade

    Rhynda Watson May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • That looks like a mustard green.

    Donna Bro May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Wrong! It is salted pickled lime. Salted lime-ade.

    Tom Nguyen May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • 46A boom 😂😂

    j12torts May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Kyle looks so uncomfortable, his reaction and face makes him look bored ugh. Noticed it in other videos with you too. When you ask him is there a way to eat the crepe he said no but then he says the most important way is to dip? Isn't that a way to eat it? lol You Mark on the other hand is loving the food!

    Cassie Ca May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • Mark, that is a type of mustard green leaf. Also, to comments about the color, that is from food coloring and really doesn't enhance flavor.

    John Smith May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • most of the food you show I love them

    Huy Tran May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply
  • From my Vietnamese experience the Banh xeo suppose to have a more yellow color and this Banh xeo does not look good for me
    And yes I'm Vietnamese

    huy mac duong May 26, 2020 11:19 am Reply

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