Vegan Banh Xeo
- 1/4 cup mung beans
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 can of coconut milk (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground porcini mushroom powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 12-ounce extra-firm tofu
- olive oil for frying
- 1/2 large onion, sliced thinly
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups mung bean sprouts
Sweet Chili Sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce (use tamari if gluten free)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, depending on the amount of heat you want
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- fresh mint leaves
- fresh cilantro
Prepare the batter
Pour the mung beans into a heat-safe bowl. Pour hot water over the beans and let it soak for at least an hour.
Add the soaked mung beans, water and coconut milk into a high speed blender, and blitz until smooth.
In a medium bowl, mix the rice flour, cornstarch, salt, turmeric, coriander, porcini mushroom powder and garlic powder. Pour the liquids into the flour mixture and stir until you get a silk batter. Mix in the sliced scallions, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Cook the Tofu
Drain the tofu and wrap a layer of paper towels around the tofu block. Place the tofu on a plate and press it with a stack of plates placed over the tofu block. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
Remove the paper towels and slice the tofu along the length of the tofu block, making 8 slices. Take each slice and cut in half to get 2 thin rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 5 cubes. You should have about 80 tofu cubes when you’re done.
Heat a large pan with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the Boiling Plate. When the pan is hot, add the tofu and cook until a few sides are golden brown, about 6 minutes. Flip the tofu cubes to get the other sides browned, but it’s not necessary to brown all sides. Sprinkle a small pinch of salt over the tofu and stir. Remove from the heat and leave the tofu in the pan.
Cook the Banh Xeo
Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil in an 8-inch skillet on the Boiling Plate. Add a few slices of onions to the pan and cook for about 1 minute. Sprinkle 6 to 8 tofu cubes into the pan. Imagine there is a line running down the pan and arrange the onions and tofu on either side of that line, leaving about a 1-inch gap in between. This will make it easier for you to fold the banh xeo in half later. Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter into the pan, swirling the batter to make sure that it covers the entire surface area of the pan. Enjoy the sizzling noise!
Once the outer edge of the banh xeo is slightly cooked, this takes about 20 to 30 seconds, add the mung bean sprouts to one half of the cake. Lower the heat a bit and cover the pan with a lid. Leave the lid on for about 1 minute. This helps soften the mung bean sprouts. Remove the lid and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes, until the edges are browned. Using a rubber spatula, gently lift the half of the banh xeo without the mung beans and flip it over the other half. Transfer the banh xeo to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
Make the sweet chili sauce
Add all the ingredients for the sweet chili sauce to a saucepan. Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved.
Heat the saucepan on the Boiling Plate. When the sauce starts boiling, move to the Simmering Plate for about 3 minutes and remove from heat.
Serve the banh xeo with the sweet chili sauce, mint leaves and cilantro.
Recipe and images from healthynibblesandbits.com/vegan-banh-xeo-vietnamese-sizzling-crepes-tofu