Don't let the name “pancake” fool you; there's nothing fluffy or buttery here. This crispy creation resembles more of a hard taco, and has that street food feel that screams authentic. (And, in fact, these are street food in Vietnam, called banh xeo.) Shrimp and vegetables combine with salty soy and spunky sweet chili, and the entire thing is brought together with a satisfactory crunch. Crunch pancake!?! What a world.
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Start the Batter
Place 1¼ cup water, rice flour, curry powder, and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk together until a thin batter forms.
Prepare the Ingredients
Trim and cut white portions of green onions into thin rounds. Cut green portions on an angle. Zest lime, halve, and juice. Quarter snow peas lengthwise. Pat shrimp dry, and season with ¼ tsp. pepper.
Finish Batter and Prepare Carrots
Stir green portions of green onions into batter and keep stirring until mixture resembles a thin pancake batter. In another mixing bowl, combine carrots and 1 Tbsp. lime juice.
Make the Pancakes
Stir batter thoroughly once more. Place a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to very hot pan. When a wisp of smoke appears, add half the batter and carefully swirl until batter covers whole pan. Swirl occasionally until pancake is very crisp and golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove pancake to a plate, folding in half. Repeat with remaining batter, whisking vigorously before pouring into pan. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Make Sauce and Sear Shrimp
Combine sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, remaining lime juice, and white portions of green onions in another mixing bowl. Return pan used to cook pancakes to medium-high heat. Add ½ tsp. olive oil and shrimp to hot pan. Cook until shrimp reach a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 2-4 minutes per side. Remove shrimp to a plate.
Finish the Dish
Form like a taco: Place half the shrimp in pancake on one side, then half the carrots, half the snow peas, and a pinch of lime zest (to taste). Drizzle with sauce. Fold pancake over. Repeat with second pancake. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.
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