Cambodian Pizza (Num Banh Xeo)

Cambodian Pizza (Num Banh Xeo)

In Phnom Penh I found a few places where you can eat this snack. The locals call it Cambodian Pizza. And if you eat one for the first time it really looks like an italian Calzone. But it´s “just” a pancake you can stuff with minced meat, fish or chicken. In my opinion the best filling is with minced meat and shrimp. Like in this recipe. This is a perfect snack when you are in Cambodia. But if not just make your own Cambodian Pizza with our easy recipe.



fish meat

Ingredients (Filling)
2 tbs vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, sliced in thin rings
400 g minced meat
200 g shrimp, peeled
2 tbs fish sauce
½ tbs sugar
¼ tsp black pepper

Ingredients (Banh Xeo)
300 g flour for Banh Xeo
250 ml fresh coconut milk
450 ml water
1 tsp tumeric
5 spring onions, chopped
½ tbs sugar
¼ tsp salt
300 g bean sprout, washed and rinsed
neutral oil for frying the cake

Heat a pan or wok with high temperature. When pan is hot, add 2 tbs neutral oil, garlic, onion and grounded meat, stir well. When meat is cooked, add shrimp, stir well until shrimp turns into a darker color. Season with fish sauce, sugar and black pepper, stir well, turn off stove, and set it a side.

Mix flour with turmeric powder, sugar, salt, water, coconut milk and spring onions and set it a side. Pour 100 ml vegetable oil in to a small bowl, set a side.

It’s best to use non-stick skillet or wok to cook this Khmer pancake. Pre heat a pan or wok on medium temperature. When pan or wok is hot, add a teaspoon oil.

Pour ½ cup prepared flour batter, spreads over hot skillet to form a flat pancake about size of a dinner plate. Add some cooked meat, put it at the middle of the cake and take some bean sprouts put over cooked meat. Cover wok with lid for few minutes or till the bottom cake turns golden brown.

Flips half side of meat cake over other side to form a half moon shape cake, removed that meat cake from heat, and continue to make the rest of Khmer meat cake. Khmer people like to wrap a piece of cake in roman lettuce with slices cucumber and fresh herbs, mint, lime, fresh basil leaves and spicy dips with sweet fish sauce. Like I had in Phnom Penh!

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