This is a national street food favourite! Pancake stands fill the markets of Vietnam with tantalising sounds and vibrant colours. Skilfully pan-fried over little gas burners, I would often find myself lost in admiration when stood next to a vendor, salivating at the thought of the first bite that was to follow.

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  • 225g rice flour

  • 60g cornflour

  • 8g tempura flour or batter mix

  • 200ml coconut milk

  • large pinch of salt

  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 750ml lukewarm water

  • 6 spring onions, finely chopped

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • For the filling

  • 400g pork belly

  • 4 pinches of salt

  • 400g raw prawns, shell on

  • 2 pear squashes (optional), thinly sliced

  • 50g bean sprouts

  • 2 carrots, cut into fine matchsticks

  • To serve

  • 20g mint leaves

  • 20 Vietnamese mint

  • 20g Thai basil

  • 20g coriander

  • 20g perilla leaves

  • 3 baby gem lettuces, leaves separated

  • 300ml Classic Fish Dipping Sauce


  • 1.

    Prepare the pork belly. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil over a high heat. Add the pork belly, along with 2 pinches of salt. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, drain and plunge in iced water to cool. Slice thinly.

  • 2.

    Rinse the pan and add fresh water. Bring the water to the boil over a high heat and add the prawns and 2 pinches of salt. Lower the heat and simmer for 4 minutes, then drain the prawns and plunge in iced water to cool. Remove the shells and devein.

  • 3.

    Let’s get started on the pancakes. Combine the flours, batter mix, coconut milk, salt, sugar, turmeric and water in a bowl and stir to form a smooth batter. Add the chopped spring onions and place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

  • 4.

    Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a small non-stick pan over a high heat.

  • 5.

    Add a few slices of pork belly and pieces of prawn, then ladle over just enough of the pancake batter to form a thin layer over the surface of the pan. Add a small handful of the vegetables, lower the heat, put the lid on and cook for 2½ minutes.

  • 6.

    Remove the lid and maintain the low heat for a further 3½ minutes, until the pancake has that signature golden-yellow colour. Use a fish slice to fold the pancake, over the filling, into a half-moon. Take off the heat and it’s ready to eat.

  • 7.

    Repeat the process with the remaining batter and filling ingredients.

  • 8.

    Have your platter of herbs and dipping sauce ready and let the rolling begin. The pancakes are best served wrapped in as many herbs as possible, then dipped in as much sauce as you can scoop… Well, that’s the advice from my household anyway.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (18 servings)

  • Energy 284kj
  • Fat Total 18g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Protein 10g
  • Carbohydrate 21g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium 236mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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