Sizzling Rice Crêpes
When making these crunchy, savory crepes, be sure to use rice flour milled from long-grain rice, as opposed to glutinous (sticky) rice flour. In Vietnam, these crepes are usually served with Nuoc Cham, a dipping sauce made with fish sauce and lime juice, and a garnish of fresh herbs.
- 2 cups rice flour
- 1 1⁄2 tbsp. tapioca starch or cornstarch
- 1 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1⁄3 cup coconut milk
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 cup dried yellow split mung beans, soaked in water for 2 hours
- 1 cup plus 1 tbsp. canola oil
- 10 oz. (about 40) peeled rock shrimp
- 8 oz. ground pork
- 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 4 cups bean sprouts
- 1 large head butter lettuce, for serving
- 10 sprigs each cilantro, mint, perilla, Thai basil, and fish mint, for serving
- Nuoc Cham, for serving
- Make the batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the rice flour, tapioca starch, and salt. Make a well in the center, pour in the coconut milk and 2 cups water, and whisk until the batter is smooth. Whisk in the scallions; set batter aside to let rest for 1 hour.
- Make the filling: Drain the mung beans. Bring 1″ water to a boil in a pot fitted with a steamer attachment. Add mung beans to the steamer, cover, and steam until just tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer mung beans to a plate and set aside to let cool.
- Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 12″ nonstick skillet over high heat. Add shrimp, pork, and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until pork is golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and set shrimp mixture aside.
- Working in batches, heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 12″ nonstick skillet over high heat. Using a liquid measuring cup, pour 1⁄2 cup batter into the skillet, swirling to cover the bottom. Cook until partially set, about 45 seconds. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. mung beans over crepe; then add one-sixth of the shrimp mixture and 2⁄3 cup of the bean sprouts. Lower the heat to medium, cover, and cook until the bean sprouts have wilted slightly, about 3 minutes. Uncover and drizzle 1 1⁄2 tsp. oil around the rim of the skillet. Cook, uncovered, until the edge of crepe crisps and pulls away from the rim of the skillet and turns golden brown, about 3 more minutes. Fold crepe in half with a spatula and slide onto a platter. Wipe out skillet and repeat to make 6 crepes in all.
- To serve, pass the platter of crepes with the garnishes and dipping sauce. Tear off a piece of the crepe, wrap it with lettuce and any combination of the herbs, and dip in nuoc cham, if you like.