It’s awesome to read about a restaurant on a foreigner’s blog and then when you actually get there see tables full of Vietnamese. When a restaurant is full of locals you know that the food is good and you are probably getting your moneys worth. Tonight, when I hopped off my moto at Banh Xeo 46A I knew that I was in for a treat. All of the tables were packed with locals and you could see the cooks preparing fresh Banh Xeo, Spring Rolls and barbequed meats. I arrived at 7pm and all I had eaten earlier in the day were 2 Banh Mi, half a can of Sour Cream and Onion Pringles and an entire pack of Mentos (consumed in one sitting, don’t judge). So needless to say I was excited for some fresh and cooked food.
Since the restaurant has the name Banh Xeo in it Ashley and I decided it was only appropriate to order one. For those of you who are not familiar, Banh Xeo are Vietnamese pancakes stuffed with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts and then pan fried. They are served with lettuce, mint, basil and of course, FISH SAUCE. You are supposed to break off pieces of the pancake, wrap them in the lettuce and herbs and finally dip it all into a bowl of fish sauce. In Southern Vietnam Banh Xeo are rather large and usually take up more space than a big plate. In the Central and Northern regions of Vietnam, Banh Xeo are usually smaller in size. Here are some smaller Banh Xeo that I ate during a previous meal.
In addition to the Banh Xeo we ordered a plate of 10 Fried Pork Spring Rolls. The two dishes were plenty for us to share and altough the spring rolls were a bit on the expensive side (70,000VND/10 rolls), it was definitely worth it. The rolls were fried but not too greasy and the meat inside was done perfectly. The Banh Xeo was only 40,000VND and plenty for a single serving. It was also a really nice atmosphere. The restaurant was crowded and there was an intense energy that made our dining experience really exciting. Although Banh Xeo 46A specializes in Banh Xeo, I am looking forward to going back and trying some of their other dishes. There were a bunch of noodles dishes with barbequed meats that looked good and are a great price (30,000VND per bowl). I’ll have to report back if it’s especially good. For now, here are some pictures of our dinner.
OH YEAH, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!
Banh Xeo 46A is located at 46A Dinh Cong Trang, right off of Hai Ba Trung.