Monday, 25 August 2014

Banh Xeo 46A (Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh)

Gỏi Cuốn (Pork Prawn wrapped in Rice Paper) 30,000 VND (S$1.80)
We have heard quite a fair bit about Banh Xeo 46A (Quán Bánh Xèo 46A) which serves authentic Vietnamese Pancake known as Bánh Xèo. This eatery is located along a small narrow road between shop houses. 
Banh Xeo 46A offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The photo above shows the outdoor seating. We visited at around 2pm on a weekday after our lunch for tea. The place was nearly empty except for a couple of locals. 
'Open kitchen' concept. 
The food prepared before hand. I was initially worried about the hygiene and that there would be lots of flies around the food. Upon a closer look, I was relieve that there was no flies. =)
The menu cover with its address and opening hours. 
Part of menu
Another part of the menu. 
Condiments and toothpicks place on every table. 
Chả Giò (Spring Rolls) 20,000 VND (S$1.20)
This was the Chả Giò (Spring Rolls) 20,000 VND (S$1.20). The fish sauce at the left was a dipping sauce for the Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancake). 
Chả Giò (Spring Rolls) 20,000 VND (S$1.20)
The deep fried pork spring roll was amazingly delicious! One of the best I have ever tried! 
Gỏi Cuốn (Pork Prawn wrapped in Rice Paper) 30,000 VND (S$1.80)
The Gỏi Cuốn (Pork Prawn wrapped in Rice Paper) 30,000 VND (S$1.80) was served with dark brown dipping sauce with peanuts which was sweet in taste.

Compared to the Spring Roll, the Pork Prawn wrapped in Rice Paper dwarfed in comparison in terms of taste. Should have ordered more Chả Giò (Spring Rolls) instead. 
Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancake) 60,000 VND (S$3.60)
The last dish to be served was the Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancake) 60,000 VND (S$3.60)
Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancake) 60,000 VND (S$3.60)
The pancake was crisp, thin and slightly sweet with a hint of coconut fragrant. As for the interior, it was slightly moist and was filled with beansprouts, shrimps, onion, pork and mung beans. Do note that the shrimps were not deshell. 
A plate full of fresh herbs and vegetables was served together with the Vietnamese Pancake. 
Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancake) 60,000 VND (S$3.60)
We were unsure how to eat this and observed how the locals ate it. The way to enjoy this was to first grab some vegetables and herbs, arrange them on top of one another with the biggest being placed at the bottom. After that, add the Vietnamese Pancake along with the ingredients in it. Next, roll it up and then dip it into the dipping sauce. It was delicious and hard to stop at one!

The Vietnamese Pancake tasted good even on its own! A must try!

Banh Xeo 46A is certainly a place to visit if you are making a trip to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). Their Chả Giò (Spring Rolls) and  Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancake) are a must try! Your trip to Ho Chi Minh would not be completed without trying these 2 items! 

Quán Bánh Xèo 46A (Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh)
46 Đinh Công Tráng
Tân Định, Quận 1
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Tel: +84 (08) 3824 1110
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 9pm

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  1. Still remember my visit to Vietnam. Have plenty of such dishes though from different places and restaurants. The fresh salad is like a must, served with almost all the meals I had. I'm loving the "must try pancakes".

    1. fully agree with you. Nearly every meal, there was at least a plate of fresh vege and herbs! so healthy!


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