Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 eggs (duck eggs preferred)
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, very finely minced and pounded
  • 5 scallions, very finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (long pepper, black or white or combination)
  • 1 cup Nam Pla (fish sauce)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (date palm sugar)
  • ¼ cup distilled rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4-6 Thai Dragon chiles, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • ¼ cup grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, coarsely chopped
  • 2 heads of red leaf lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups mung bean sprouts, root end trimmed off
Plate of Salad herbs - mint, cilantro, Thai basil leaves and saw tooth (pak chee farang)


Method:

Dipping Sauce (Nam pla phrik)
  1. In a small bowl, place the nam pla (fish sauce), sugar, vinegar, lime juice, Thai chiles and ¼ cup of water-whisk together. Add one-third of the minced shallots, and half each of the garlic and ginger and the carrots, mix to blend. This is best to make the night before and chill.

  1. Place the rice flour with the coconut milk, eggs, turmeric, half of the scallions and salt and pepper in a medium bowl and whisk. Add enough water (about 1 ¾+ cups) to resemble thin pancake batter after whisking.
  2. Place a wok or large skillet over medium high heat, add ¼ cup of vegetable oil. Add the remaining onion, garlic and ginger and stir-fry until softened, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add the pork, season lightly fry over high heat, until browned.
  4. Add the chopped shrimp and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining scallions. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and keep warm.
  5. Brush a little oil in a pan or wok pan and heat until very hot. Pour in about 3 tablespoons of the crêpe batter and rotate the pan to coat evenly with the batter. Cook over moderately high heat just until the edge is just turning brown and the crêpe is nearly set, about 1 minute.
  6. Lightly flip the crêpe over to cook the other side, about 20 seconds.  Repeat with the remaining batter .

To serve:
  1. Place crêpes  with a salad platter of lettuce and herbs.
  2. Serve alongside the pork-shrimp mixture.
  3. Place condiment bowls of the chopped peanuts and carrot-chile sauce.
  4. Diners place a lettuce leaf on their plates, then place a crêpe on top of the lettuce leaf, a spoonful of the pork-shrimp mixture , add herbs, sprinkle with peanuts, drizzle with dipping sauce.



The coconut crêpe batter may be prepared the day before.