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Bahn Xeo (MSP)

chjay Jul 11, 2008 01:25 PM

Anyone know where to get Bahn Xeo (vietnamese crepe) in the Twin Cities? I've been here a year, but haven't come across it yet.

Thanks a lot.

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    trungg86 May 18, 2010 09:40 AM

    i really enjoy hien deli's banh xeo. It is nice and crispy on the outside and flavorful on the inside. portion wise is good for the price (7$). a definite bang for the buck!!

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    1. re: trungg86
      AnneInMpls May 18, 2010 10:12 AM

      Is this the Hien Deli on Eat Street, aka Nicollet Avenue, as reviewed by HeavyTable.com?


      Hien Deli
      2624 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      1. re: AnneInMpls
        trungg86 May 19, 2010 08:45 PM

        yes it is!

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      stepawayfromthetable Jan 3, 2010 07:15 PM

      I love this dish and have been craving it (although it is better in the summer). At Hoa Bin, I felt the crepe was too greasy and did not come with enough sprouts. I am going to try Ngon this week. Boy am I excited. Anyone have the Bahn Xeo at Ngon...or elsewhere recently?

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      1. re: stepawayfromthetable
        AnneInMpls Jan 3, 2010 07:47 PM

        Nice to see this thread pop up again! Recently, I noticed a few Thai restaurants with this dish on the menu: specifically, Sen Yai Sen Lek and Ruam Mit Thai. I haven't tried these versions, but would love to hear from others who have.


      2. AnneInMpls Aug 19, 2008 10:47 AM

        J, if you're still looking for Bahn Xeo, I noticed that it's available at the new Laotian-Vietnamese place, SerenTori.

        This is according to Jeremy Iggers' review on rakemag.com (where it's spelled "ban xeo"). The restaurant's menu spells it "Banh Ceo". Ah, the joys of transliteration!



        SerenTori Restuarant
        Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis, MN

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        1. re: AnneInMpls
          EarlOfSandwich Aug 19, 2008 03:02 PM

          I had the Banh Xeo at SerenTori and enjoyed it. The outside had just the right amount of crispy char--not at all burnt, but you know it was off the griddle. Came with a pile of accompanying sprouts and cilantro

          Thanks for alerting us to Iggers' blog entry on this place, Anne. I had not seen it. Here is the url:

          I rather like SerenTori --especially that they have Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Thai dishes. I even like the fish & chips. I worry about its viability. Location does not seem good and there never seem to be any customers besides us.

          1. re: EarlOfSandwich
            AnneInMpls Aug 19, 2008 03:28 PM

            Is SerenTori in the old Singapore! spot, almost at Hwy 62? If so, I agree that it's not a great location for a restaurant - I hope they can make a go of it.

            I am resolved to get there SOON to try their banh xeo and their papaya salad!


            1. re: AnneInMpls
              EarlOfSandwich Aug 20, 2008 09:49 PM

              SerenTori is located on 34th Avenue right where it meets the Crosstown. Right at the corner of the frontage road there is a little brick stripmall consisting of the restaurant between a superette and a laundromat. Singapore! (or the Singapore! building--I can't tell if it is still open) is a few blocks north on 34th.

              There is a very low-rent apartment complex right next to SerenTori which really sets the tone for the immediate neighborhood squeezed against the edge of the Crosstown and the airport, even though the (comparatively) hoity-toity Nokomis area with Al Vento and the like is just north. So it just seems like they are struggling there. Of course, I haven't been there for a couple of months, and have neglected to write about it here.

              I like Jee, the owner/chef, and her girls Serenity and Satori are about the age of my little girl and are often there, so they all play together.
              I spoke with another chowhound who lives in the neighborhood and was not favorably impressed, but I have liked the things I tried.

              Haven't tried some of these things, yet. Perhaps worth a chowdown:

              Four Regions Sampler
              Chef choice of authentic dishes from Laos, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese $29.95

              Vientiane Street-Side Meal
              Beef Jerky (original/sweet) or Roast Hen (half) Papaya Salad (Mild, medium, hot), Sticky Rice $16.95

              SerenTori Restuarant
              Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis, MN

              1. re: EarlOfSandwich
                AnneInMpls Aug 21, 2008 02:14 PM

                Thanks for the clarification! I've driven right past SerenTori a few times, but never noticed it.

                But I went exploring on Tuesday night - the description of the Vientiane Street-Side Meal made me so hungry that I hopped in the car and headed right over. Unfortunately, it was 8:30, and SerenTori had already closed for the night. Their official closing time is 9, but I'll bet it was so slow that they shut up shop early.

                I hope to get back there soon - perhaps for lunch next week.


                1. re: EarlOfSandwich
                  cheeseguysgirl Aug 22, 2008 07:18 AM

                  The Singapore is still open. We had dinner there last night. CG had the Char Kway Teow, which he really liked-- had a good seared wok taste to the noodles. I had the Captain's Curry, which was a bit too sweet, but when I asked, she said next time she could make it less sweet-- yet another case of our Asian restaurants sweetening up their food for what they find most Americans prefer.

                  Singapore Restaurant
                  5554 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

          2. AnneInMpls Aug 5, 2008 09:08 PM

            After updating this thread yesterday, I was so hungry for Bahn Xeo that I headed to Hoa Bien for dinner. I can report that their version is EXCELLENT! It was the highlight of my day.

            And it was the best version that I've had - so far - in the Twin Cities. That is, considering Bona, Jasmine 26, and Hoa Bien, I'd recommend Hoa Bien as the best.


            1. AnneInMpls Aug 4, 2008 05:17 PM

              Correction to my post above: Pho Tau Bay does *not* have Bahn Xeo on the menu. At least, not that I could find. (They do, however, have a very nice green papaya salad with dried beef.)


              P.S. As long as I'm bumping this thread, I'll add Places links for Hoa Bien and Ruam Mit Thai.

              Ruam Mit Thai Cafe
              475 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

              Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant
              1129 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

              1. autmommy Jul 16, 2008 11:38 PM

                I noticed that they were on the menu at Ruam Mit Thai (obviously this is a Thai restaurant, and not Vietnamese, but all the same, they were on the menu)

                Ruam Mit Thai Cafe
                475 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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                  BEM Jul 11, 2008 03:10 PM

                  I know you can also get it at Hoa Bien (University and Lexington in St. Paul)

                  1. AnneInMpls Jul 11, 2008 02:40 PM

                    I love Bahn Xeo! It's perfect on a hot summer day. In fact, I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight...

                    I've had this lovely dish at Jasmine Orchid (slightly unusual/upscale, but very tasty) and Bona Restaurant (their version can be a bit greasy, but I love it anyway).

                    And I'm pretty sure I've seen it at Pho Tau Bay.


                    Pho Tau Bay
                    2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                    Jasmine 26 Restaurant & Bar
                    8 East 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN

                    Bona Vietnamese Restaurant
                    815 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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                    1. re: AnneInMpls
                      chjay Jul 11, 2008 03:07 PM

                      Anne - Thank you so much! I can't wait to check these places out, my wife will be delighted - she loooves Bahn Xeo!

                      1. re: AnneInMpls
                        AnneInMpls Jul 11, 2008 07:16 PM

                        Oops! Correction: I typed "Jasmine Orchid" in my post, but I meant "Jasmine 26 Restaurant and Bar" - the most upscale of the three Jasmine places. (Alas, Jasmine Orchid, which is just a mile from my house in Stadium Village, doesn't have Bahn Xeo on the menu.)

                        At least I entered the right Places link...


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