Prawn and mung bean pancakes

Prawn and mung bean pancakes

Bánh khọt

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Real Vietnamese Cooking
Makes
24
Photographer
Michael Fountoulakis

To make these popular Saigon pancakes. you'll need an Asian pancake pan, with indentations roughly 3 cm in diameter. Called banh khot, these pans are readily available from most Asian kitchen supply stores.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
100g dried green mung beans
200g rice flour
1/3 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
375ml coconut milk
vegetable oil, for pan-frying
24 small prawns, peeled and deveined
3 spring onions, cut into thin rings, both the white and green parts
Fish sauce and coconut dipping sauce, to serve

Method

  1. Rinse the mung beans under cold running water, then place in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 2 hours.
  2. Drain the mung beans and place in a saucepan. Cover with cold water and cook for 20-25 minutes, until soft.
  3. Place the flour, turmeric and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the coconut milk. Whisk until you have a smooth batter; if necessary, you can strain the batter to remove any lumpy bits. Set aside for 10 minutes so the batter doesn't become chewy when cooked.
  4. Heat the banh khot pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add about 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil to each hollow.
  5. When the oil is hot, add 1 tablespoon of the batter to each hollow. Sprinkle in some of the mung beans and top each pancake with a prawn. Cover with the lid and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add some spring onion to each pancake and cook for a further 1 minute, or until the batter has set and the bottom is crisp. Remove from the pan, using a palette knife.
  7. Repeat with any remaining ingredients.
  8. Serve hot, with the dipping sauce.
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