Vietnamese Oyster Pancake with Nuoc Cham

Don't be put off by the loosey-goosey nature of this crispy, egg-filled pancake. It's Viet-inspired street food at its simplest and best says Andrew Zimmern.

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

nuoc cham
  • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced scallion
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated carrot
  • 1 Thai chile, minced
pancake
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 slices of bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced cooked pork (3 ounces)
  • 8 freshly shucked oysters
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • Lettuce leaves and mint sprigs, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the Nuoc Cham

    In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Make the Pancakes

    In a medium bowl, whisk the rice flour with the turmeric and salt. Whisk in the water until smooth, then stir in 1/4 cup of the scallions.

  3. Make the Pancakes

    Pour half the pancake batter into the skillet in an even layer and cook until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the pancake, then pour half the beaten egg evenly on top. Scatter 1/2 cup of the mung beans and 2 tablespoons each of the cilantro and scallions over the pancake and fold half the pancake over itself to form a half moon. Cook over moderately high heat, flipping once, until crisp on the outside and just cooked through, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.

  4. Make the Pancakes

    Cut the pancakes into wedges and serve with lettuce cups, mint leaves and the <em>nuoc cham</em>.

Make Ahead

The nuoc cham can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Contributed By Photo © Madeleine Hill Published October 2014

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