Van Restaurant specializes in savory southern Vietnamese crêpes or banh xeo. They’re made from rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, and generously stuffed with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and onions. And they come to you crisp and hot, right off the pan, says hppzz. The southern Vietnamese crêpes are huge compared to their northern and central counterparts. Eat them with fresh lettuce and herbs; you can make little lettuce wraps or just throw everything into a bowl. Done right, it’s an explosion of flavor, says hppzz.

Van’s has been in business for more than 20 years—another Little Saigon institution with a reputation built on a few dishes, explains hppzz. Banh khot, a lesser-known dish, is made from similar ingredients, but instead of being pan-fried into a crêpe, the batter is poured into little round molds in a cast iron pan, fried crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and topped with shrimp.

Van Restaurant [Little Saigon]
14122 Brookhurst Street, Garden Grove

Board Link: Lesser Known Vietnamese dishes II: Banh Xeo and Banh Khot at Van Restaurant, Garden Grove

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