Banh Xeo Recipe (Vietnamese Pancake)

Banh Xeo is Vietnamese for ‘sizzling cake’ which is the delicious sound when pouring the pancake batter into a hot pan.

Banh Xeo is a favourite dish in Vietnam which is mostly enjoyed as a lunch or dinner meal. Banh Xeo has now become a popular dish in Australian Vietnamese Restaurants.

If you love Banh Xeo as much as we do, or even if you have never tried it before, this recipe is easy and fun to make yourself at home.

Banh Xeo Recipe (Vietnamese Pancake)

Banh Xeo Recipe:

Serves: 8 | Prep: 35 mins | Cook: 30 mins | Skill: Medium


1 and 2/3 cups rice flour

1/2 cup coconut cream

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 spring onion, thinly sliced, plus extra, to serve

1 tsp salt

2 cups water

1 cup coriander leaves, plus extra, to serve

1 cup shiso leaves* (perilla), plus extra, to serve

1 cup Vietnamese mint leaves, plus extra, to serve

2 red bird’s-eye chillies, thinly sliced, plus extra, to serve

2 carrots, thinly shredded

2 cups beans sprouts, trimmed

24 cooked prawns, cleaned, peeled with tails intact

chilli jam* and iceberg lettuce leaves (optional), to serve

vegetable oil, to cook

*Ingredients available from Asian Grocers and some specialty supermarkets



Combine rice flour, coconut cream, turmeric, spring onion and 1 teaspoon of salt in a bowl with 500 ml (2 cups) water. Stir until a smooth batter forms. Cover and set aside to rest for 1 hour.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Brush with vegetable oil then add half a cup of batter, swirling pan to form a thin pancake.

Cook for 3 minutes or until just cooked through. Scatter half of the pancake with one-eighth of the herbs, chillies, carrot, bean sprouts and 3 prawns.

Flip the pancake in half to cover the filling and cook for a further 30 seconds to warm through, then remove with a spatula and place on a serving plate.

Repeat with remaining batter and filling ingredients. Serve with chilli jam, extra herbs, chilli, spring onion and lettuce, if desired.

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The Guide To a Canapé Party


People often ask this question then wonder how much would be enough. It is commonsense on a party you are having. Best to know how long want the party to last and whether your guests come on time. It is best for 7-9 savoury and 2-3 sweet canapés per person for a standard 3-4 hour party where no other food is served. Each piece should be good for one or two bites.

If the party food is served pre and post a main sit down dinner then we would recommend for 3-4 pieces per person. This gives the guests a chance to kick off their appetite  but this amount won’t be enough before the main meal. After work functions, it would be best to serve 4-6 pieces as people tend to be bit hungry. It is always a good things to have some extra food in case your guests are very hungry. You or your staff will need to control the quantities and will slow down the service if needed.



Quite often party organiser are keen to know who would be in the functions so they can cater to the mass. If you don't know well who is coming then It is best to choose a selection of canapé and ways to make them so you would please everyone. Popular items would be rice paper rolls, spring rolls, dumpling, sushi, tomato and mozzarella skewers, cocktail sausage, fish cake or vegetable tarts or even burgers and salmon blinis... The options are your choice however try to mix beef, chicken, fish, prawn, vegan and gluten free, dairy food and fodmap and other common dietary restrictions so you will make everyone happy. Most caterer or our chef would be able to help you to choose the menu.


You would need to decide whether you want to set up as in a station or have someone flow around to serve the foods. If you buy your finger foods from supermarket then you would need to find a solution of trays and utensils to serve the food out of the packaging. Catering companies like us would have these foods in the tray and even have staff to serve them for you. Please note the size and shape of the tray is important if you have limited spaces as it would be difficult to walk around for you and catering staff. Lastly think of user friendly finger foods items - sushi might not be easy to eat as it can get quite messy in a party.


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There’s no question this city loves a good Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich - a weekly staple, it’s on almost everyone’s list of failsafe, on-the-go lunch options. 

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own at home? Join the good folks at OTAO kitchen for a hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn just how to create those crusty, French-inspired baguettes, and get the low-down on exactly how to whip up that tender, BBQ pork filling. 

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Making this beautiful salad for the summer. 



  • 200g chicken fillets
  • 2 cup of (Chinese or Ordinary cabbage) finely shredded
  • 1 carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup fresh Vietnamese mint, Thai Basil and Coriander
  • 1/2 cup Vietnamese dressing (mix well 1/2 table spoon of fish sauce, 1/2 table spoon of rice vinegar, 1/4 limes and 1 table spoon of sugar, 2 table of hot water, 1 garlic clove -chopped and 1 small chilli chopped)
  • 2 table spoons of roasted peanuts, chopped


  1. Make dressing: Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, chilli and sugar together in a jug until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Place chicken in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover. Simmer, turning once, for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from pan. Chill. Shred.
  3. Place cabbage, carrot, mint, coriander and chicken in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve.

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A Christmas lunch with all the trimmings can be a daunting prospect for many home cooks, sending them into panic mode leading up closer to the 25th December lunch for their family. The idea of working over a baking oven might be less than appealing for many, as Australia starts heat up during Summer sun and your thoughts of visiting a pool while refresher. Take the stress out of Christmas Day and opt to make fresher, healthier and simpler affairs. However you choose to celebrate, the most important aspect is spending time with family, loved ones and friends.

Here’s a few ideas on how to have a great Christmas Lunch.




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  • Vietnamese Summer Rolls
  • Selection of BBQ skewers





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  • Thai Beef Salad
  • Glazed Ham and Asian Apple Salad
  • Japanese Cold Soba Noodle 




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Vinh Ky Restaurant 

114 Victoria Street, Richmond

This is my friend's favourite restaurants serving similar Chinese fare on bustling Victoria street Richmond for many years. I always get the prawn wonton soup and it never fails to delight my tastebuds. It’s cheap and cheerful but the flavours are authentic and sensational.


Din Tai Fung

M002/4 Emporium Melbourne 287 Lonsdale Street 

This is Taiwanese type of dumpling restaurant started in Taiwan in 1974 and now having restaurants cross different continents. Their Emporium venue got me with their spicy pork and prawn dumplings special delights in a ginger and Sichuan pepper sauce.


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This Shanghai style soup dumplings, the xiao long bao or shao long bao, with their pork and soup filling deserve their best place on their menu. You will saddle up your spoon with ginger and black vinegar, nibble a hole and slurp away these yummy super hot xiao long bao.

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If you've mastered classic French tarts to Australia Palova, perhaps it's time to add some new flavours into your dessert. From Vietnam to Japan and Thailand, traditional Asian desserts are as varied as the cultures and peoples from which they come. With the former, a diversity of Japanese and Japanese cultures has yielded a wealth of ingredients used in desserts such as mochi, glutinous rice, and red beans. In the canon of Thai desserts, find a complex array of confectionary building blocks that range from pandan to cassava root and coconut.

It would be overwhelming to try to master such a vast collection of cuisines, but we've rounded out some of our favourites to help you get a taste. From Thailand's khanom chan to a Vietnamese ca phe sua  inspired ice cream and a Japanese mochi, here are some of the best Asian dessert recipes to try this weekend.

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We are researching for the best beans and lentil recipes. You can do Indian curries, Thai inspired lentils and beans salads.


For example, the cold lentil salad with cucumbers and olives is an amazing to try for dinner. This tasty dish has lentils, cucumbers, olives and mint tossed with a sherry vinaigrette.  


Another easy legume recipe with beans and lentil is lentil soups. You can make a pot of stew for your winter months. We really like the chicken lentil soup. It is easy and cheap! You may need some bacon, onion, celery, carrot, garlic and tomato purree. On the top of it you will need some chicken and chicken stock. To finish it off you might need to have some grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.


Lastly you can try to make a one plate for your vegan meal. By having other ingredients mixing with beans and lentil you can get a fabulous lunch or dinner. We would love to tell you to make wild rice bowl with red lentil curry and spinach. This dishes is feature on the here The author thinks that it is simple to make even though a long list of ingredients. You can always cook some of the item as part of your last night dinner to cut down the time.

Cooking beans and lentils are the best for your weekday meals. It is not only a cheap meal but studies have shown that it can help you to improve longevity as it is in Japanese and Mediterranean people. Otao kitchen offer Asian inspired cooking classes and it would be easy to recreate a recipes from one of our recipe collection minus the meats.

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8 Sauces For Your Everyday Vietnamese Cooking

#1 Fish sauce – Nuoc Mam

Fish sauce is the “must have” Vietnamese sauce when cooking our food, bring flavour and some protein. Fish sauce is made from fermenting anchovies and sea salt over a period of 1-1.5 year in ceramic jars. Fish sauce makers can pass 2 times from the mixture to get the premium and the second.  There are 30+ fish sauce brand in Melbourne and the brand we use Nam Ngu or Phu Quoc.


#2 Hoi sin

You might have this Vietnamese sauce at home. Hoi sin sauce is a thick, sweet Chinese barbecue sauce. This sauce is made from salted black beans, onions and garlic. Vietnamese cooking included the use of Hoi sin sauce as a table condiment and as marinade for meat, poultry and shellfish dishes.


#3 Chilli sauce – Tuong Ot

Chilli sauce is made of fresh pimentos, ground garlic, salt, sugar and vinegar. Quite often it add colour to make them red. There are few Vietnamese  sauce varieties. You might need to find out what you like. We like the once has not too much strong flavour and less sugar. Chilli sauce is used as a table condiment and for soups like pho and or dipping sauce for seafood dishes.


#4 Shrimp paste – Mam Tom

This amazing smell Vietnamese sauce from Shrimp is widely used as a dipping sauce, soup condiments or marinade in Northern Cuisine. It is fermented shrimps either processed or conserved in bottles.


#5 Soy Sauce – Xi Dau or Nuoc Tuong

Soy sauce is condiment made from fermented paste of boiled soybeans, roasted grain, brine. After fermentation the past is pressed to produce a liquid which the the soy sauce and remove the solid product that often feed animal. Soy sauce is often used in Vietnamese sauces, cooking and condiments. It has umami taste and naturally with glutamates. Many varieties of soy with different qualities and prices. Stick to Kikkoman as a known product and often you can get from major Australian supermarkets.


#6 Sesame Oil – Dau Hao

Sesame oil is an vegetable oil pressed from sesame seeds. The oil from the nutrient rich sesame seeds and often use for traditional medicine and massage treatment for years. It is used in food as high Omega 6 fatty acids. Sesame oil does have high smoking point so it is suitable for deep fry. Sesame oil is used also in Vietnamese cooking for flavour enhancer in salad or stir fry. With left over oil from deepfry or cooking, be careful with nature antioxidants present in the oil, you will need to keep the lid tight. This is not a Vietnamese sauce but we do use them generously in sauce making.


#7 Rice Vinegar – Dam gao

Rice vinegar is fermented product made from rice or rice wine in many Asian countries. A special Vietnamese rice vinegar is the spicy and sour giấm bỗng made from a specialty rice. The most notable place to make this specialty is Lang Van – a commune near Hanoi. This vinegar is used in soup such as Duck, Bun Rieu and Bun Oc. A similar vinegar in the South Vietnam Hoc Mon, Saigon. This is call “me” kind of similar to the North. This specialty is used in making dipping sauces.


#8 Oyster Sauce

Oyster sauce is sauce made by cooking oysters. The most common in modern use is dark brown sauce made from sugar, salt and water thickened with cornstarch, flavoured with oyster essence and caramel. It is commonly used in Vietnamese foods to make sauce or marinade. 

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Best fish sauces

How best fish sauces are made? 

How best fish sauces made is simple. Fish sauce maker buy an anchovies from the fishing boats. Because of hot and humid weather in Southeast Asia, people learn to mix sea salt and fish to keep the fish in better condition or preserve them. They will be put into large vat and ferment for a long period – normally one year to three year. The resulting liquid, best fish sauces. It’s the backbone of many Asian cuisine. The Thai call it Nam Pla. The Vietnamese call it Nuoc Mam. The Philippines call it Patis. The Korean call it Aek Jeot. 

Fish fermentation had been a practice for several thousand years ago in the freshwaters of Southwest China and the Mekong River region. It then spread to coastal deltas and was applied to ocean fish to many countries in Asia. 

The best fish sauces should have:

Tastes of best fish sauces are pure fish and sea salt and Fish should be the dominate flavour and salt. Nothing else

Tastes of best fish sauces are with fish and the ocean, and not “fishy”

The color of best fish sauce should be a dark amber

Tastes of best fish sauces can be sweetened naturally not from sugar or other additives

Brands of best fish sauce in Australia

Red Boat 40°N and 50°N — Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Shrimp & Crab — Thailand

MegaChef (30°N) — Thailand

Golden Boy — Thailand

Three Crabs — Hong Kong/Thailand

Squid — Thailand

Blis — Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Next time you’re shopping I’d urge you to read the labels. Check the country of origin, it’s often not what’s represented in the design. But most importantly, check the ingredients. Ideally, you want: fish and salt.

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Best Vietnamese Dishes You Can Try On Victoria Street

#1 Pho

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup, where thin strips of beef are ‘cooked’ in a hot, aromatic stock in the serving bowl – this keeps the meat meltingly tender. ...

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#2 Banh my

Only Asian country that the French brought with them in: the baguette. The Vietnam takes it to a different level depending whether you are in the South or the North. In the north, you will have the basic elements of bread, meat and sauces. In the south you will have colourful combination of cold meets, pickled vegetables, sausage, fried egg, fresh coriander, fresh chilli and hot chilli sauce.

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#3 Bun Cha Hanoi

Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle from Hanoi, Vietnam. Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce and pickles.


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#4 Cha Gio - Fried Spring Rolls

Vietnam’s bite finger sized crunchy spring rolls is considered as less healthier fresh rice paper rolls, but we love those crispy shell with a soft veggie and seafood or meats. Great to dip them in nuoc cham and get the gastronomic flavour mixture. In Hanoi (north) we go by Nem Ran and in Saigon (south) we go by Cha Gio.

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#5 Bun Bo Hue - Hue Style Noodles

The emperor’s city of Hue (Central Vietnam) take on noodles caters to meat eaters with its meaty broth and generous beef and pork. The thick slippery rice noodles also compliment with the dish. You feel like hearty meal than white noodles in the Hanoi and Saigon.

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#6 Goi Cuon - Fresh Rice Paper Rolls

These light and healthy fresh spring rolls are the best choice when you want the healthy foods in Melbourne. The translucent parcels are rolled with greens, some meat, seafood, mint, coriander. You can then dip them in the nuoc cham.

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#7 Nom Hoa Chuoi - Banana Flower Salad

This Vietnam’s banana flower salad has a much bigger punch than a typical plate of mixed greens. Banana flowers’ layers are peeled and thinly sliced. The salad includes green papaya, carrots, mint and coriander along with tofu or chicken and a generous dipping sauce with lime juice and crunchy peanuts.

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#8 Bo La Lot - Beef in Betel Leaf

Vietnamese are superior in wrapping their food. Bo la lot can be eaten raw, fried but when you cook them on an open grill to soften the exterior and this would infuse the betel leaf’s peppery aroma into the ground beef inside..

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#9 Ca Tim Kho To - Eggplants in Claypot

One of more popular dishes is eggplant in a clay pot along with tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar and sometime minced meat. Try it with rice, you will like it as you will discover with Italian meat sauce.

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#10 Com Suon Nuong - Pork Chops on Rice

You might think this simple Saigonese meal is equivalent of bun cha with rice in place of noodles. A tender pork cutlet is barbecued over hot coals to give it a rich, smoky flavour, some pickles or vegetable, cup of soup and laid over the steamed fluffy broken white rice.

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7 best things why cooking Vietnamese Foods

Vietnamese food is admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil and an abundance of herbs and vegetables. Not only is Vietnamese cuisine bursting with amazing flavours, it is also very healthy. We pride ourselves on the quality of ingredients we provide you with and everything is sourced locally from within Victoria Street. OTAO is proud to support local business. We have a focus on fresh and exciting foods and flavours that we know you will fall in love with.

You will find that our classes and events offer you the best value for your time and money with the highest quality experience. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our guests have to say:

OTAO Kitchen is a purpose-built Vietnamese cooking school located on Victoria Street, Richmond – Melbourne’s own little Saigon. Just minutes from the Melbourne CBD, Victoria Street is a hub of activity, sights and sounds. What better way to immerse yourself in an authentic Asian cooking experience!

We have hand-picked the best regional and popular Vietnamese recipes for you to create, which your chef will teach you to cook step-by-step during your cooking class. You will get to enjoy all the dishes you cook during the class, while sharing stories, travel adventures and good times.

Our cooking classes are delivered in a small and intimate group environment, ensuring you have plenty of one-on-one time with your chef and a supportive and enjoyable cooking experience. Our cooking classes are a wonderful way for you to meet like-minded foodies and new friends, and to learn healthy recipes and cooking skills. We provide you with all equipment, utensils and food ingredients so all you have to do is turn up!

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Cooking the Foods of Vietnam

Featuring a combination of five tastes or “ngũ vị” in the overall meal; each dish has a distinctive flavour which reflects one or more of five taste elements: Spicy (Metal), Sour (Wood), Bitter (Fire), Salty (Water) and Sweet (Earth).

Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, and fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrass, ginger, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, Saigon cinnamon, bird’s eye chilli, lime, and basil.

Most dishes also include five nutrients (ngũ chất): powder (starch), water or liquid, mineral elements, protein and fat.

Our chefs also include five colours (Ngũ Sắc) of White (Metal), Green (Wood), Yellow (Earth), Red (Fire) and Black (Water) in their dishes.

Food of Vietnam appeal to gastronomes via the five senses (năm giác quan): The presentation attracts your eyes, crisp and crunchy vegetables create your sounds, five spices are detected on your tongue, aromatic herbs stimulate your nose, and the varying textures of the finger foods appeal to your sense of touch.

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