Among the Hollywood stars, beautiful landscapes, and mostly sunny weather, the people of Southern California are blessed with something extra special: easy access to diverse, authentic cuisine. Indian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Peruvian, Salvadorean, Polish cuisine—you name it, and chances are you can find it in Southern California.

For delicious Vietnamese food, a SoCal person would make the trek to the area of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA, where the highest concentration of Vietnamese individuals living in the US reside.

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We had the chance to meet with Executive Chef Francois Lu of Brodard Chateau, one of our favorite restaurants in Little Saigon, to learn how to make a popular Brodard treat—Bánh Khọt, aka "Vietnamese savory mini pancakes."

He heats up a pocketed pan for a minute, then pours batter into each well. Next, mung beans, shrimp, and onions are added, and the pan is covered up so the pancake can get crispy. After about two and a half minutes, the cover is removed to reveal a finished pancake and cooked shrimp and veggies. The bite-sized cakes are served with salad, herbs, and fish sauce.

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See the video above to discover how easily you can make these for yourself!

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Molly Shannon

Molly is the original krill queen and co-founder of the Boba Belt. She fancies a mean ramen burger, and a cold glass of nonfat milk.