Bánh Flan Recipe

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Bánh flan or Banh Flan is a Vietnamese dessert with a creamy and aromatic version of crème caramel flan. The treat is popular everywhere in Vietnam and is often sold for very affordable prices. Furthermore, locals have many ways of pairing to enjoy the flan.

Dive into Banh flan for a journey through the process of creating this mouthwatering treat using simple-to-find tools and essential ingredients. Learn how to create a Banh flan in only a few simple steps, along with helpful tips and Vietnamese dessert variations to try.

Get ready to savor the rich flavors and textures of this beloved Vietnamese dessert at your very own dinner table.

Creme Caramel Flan

What Is Banh Flan?

Banh flan is the Vietnamese version of crème caramel flan that consists of a simple mixture of egg, milk, caramel sauce, and sweeteners. Typically, locals will steam to cook the Banh flan to a creamy consistency.

Thanks to the influence of French cuisine, crème caramel was quickly adopted into Vietnamese cuisine as Banh flan. Today, this Vietnamese flan is a popular treat for youngsters, even featured as a topping in bubble tea or any sweet recipe.

Banh flan is available everywhere for a low price because of the treat’s simple ingredients. In addition, people often enjoy Banh flan chill with many variations, including different types of fruits or even coffee.

Interestingly, there’s no fixed recipe for making Banh flan – a mouthwatering Vietnamese dessert as people tend to make slight adjustments to better suit their taste buds. Now, head to your kitchen and prepare the necessary utensils to whip up a tasty Banh flan.

What Tools Are Used to Make Banh Flan?

To prepare for the cooking stage, you need to get a cooking pot or a steaming pot ready with utensils like a mold, sieve, ladle, mixing bowl, and aluminum foil. Plus, you can grab a couple of helping tools, such as a whisk or spatula.

  • Cooking pot or steaming pot: Preferably, you want to use a steaming pot to prevent water from splashing into the flan while cooking. But a common cooking pot can also do the job well enough.
  • Ladle: For working with liquid ingredients.
  • Mold or tray: Grab a round metal mold or tray to hold all the flan contents.
  • Sieve: For a smooth egg mixture when going through the sieve.
  • Mixing bowl: Any common mixing bowl will do.
  • Aluminum foil: It’s important for you to cover the tray containing the flan with aluminum foil to trap the heat and prevent the water from coming into the mixture.
Tools Make Banh Flan

Optional tools like a spatula, a small knife, a whisk, or a fork can also help prepare the ingredients needed for Banh Flan. You can easily find these utensils in your kitchen.

What Ingredients Are Required for Making Banh Flan?

To make Banh Flan, I suggest picking a list of ingredients, including eggs, sugar-free milk, sweetened condensed milk, white sugar, and vanilla powder. Plus, you can whip up a mixture of ginger and lime juice for an added aromatic.

In addition, Banh Flan is great for pairing with various fruits. In this recipe, I prefer making Banh flan to enjoy with apples, peaches, Barbados cherries, grapes, and strawberries.

  • Egg: The main component for perfect flan, so you want to use equal size eggs.
  • Sugar-free milk: Since the recipe also has other sugary elements, you can cut down the sweetness using sugar-free milk.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Gives the flan a sweet flavor.
  • White sugar: For making the caramel sauce.
  • Vanilla powder: Add a touch of fragrance to the flan.
  • Ginger and lime juice: Give the flan mixture an aromatic profile.
  • Optional fruits: Use any fruit combinations that you like. I like a combo of apples, peaches, Barbados cherries, grapes, and strawberries.
Ingredients Making Banh Flan

How to Make Banh Flan at Home?

To make Banh Flan, you only need to form the egg mixture, make the caramel sauce, and prepare the milk before presenting the flan at the dinner table. Follow along to learn the techniques for making a perfect Banh Flan.

Step 1: Prepare The Egg Mixture

Crack 5 eggs and extract only the yolk. Next, you want to use an extra 5 whole eggs to mix with 5 yolks earlier in a bowl.

Prepare The Egg Mixture

Use a whisk or fork to mix the egg for 2 – 3 minutes until the white and yolk are completely mixed.

Use A Whisk To Mix The Egg

Step 2: Make The Caramel Sauce

Put 6.3 ounces of sugar into a hot pan at medium heat and wait until the color starts turning brown.

Then, pour in a mixture of ginger and lime juice to stir thoroughly until the sugar is fully dissolved into a brown concoction.

Make sure to incorporate the liquid mixture gradually to adjust the caramel thickness. Note that the caramel sauce shouldn’t be too watery so that it won’t freeze in the refrigerator.

Make The Caramel Sauce

Pour the caramel sauce into a tray and spread it evenly. Then, you can chill the sauce to freeze it.

Pour The Caramel Sauce Into A Tray

Step 3: Prepare The Milk Mixture

Combine sweetened condensed milk with vanilla powder and sugar-free milk in a cooking pot. Stir the mixture gently at a temperature of around 680F – 860F (20 – 300C).

Prepare The Milk Mixture

After the milk is cool, pour the egg mixture through a sieve into the milk blend.

Stir the blend gently until all elements are dissolved.

Banh Flan Step 3 Prepare The Milk Mixture

Continue to pour the mixture through the sieve again, but this time, you want to transfer the mixture into the caramel mold.

Pour The Mixture Through the Sieve
Transfer The Mixture Into The Caramel Mold

Cover the tray or mold tightly with aluminum foil to prevent water from entering.

Cover the Tray Tightly With Aluminum Foil

Place the tray into your cooking or steaming pot and steam for 40 minutes at the lowest boiling level.

You can steam the flan using a regular cooking pot by placing the tray into the pot with a low level of water surrounding the tray. Note that you don’t want the water to touch the tray, so I suggest getting a bowl or utensil to elevate the tray from the water.

While steaming, open the lid 2 or 3 times to clean off the condensed vapor from dripping down to the flan.

Place The Tray Into Your Cooking

After steaming, check the flan for doneness and chill it before serving.

Banh Flan Step 3 Prepare The Milk Mixture1

Step 4: Present The Banh Flan

Use a small knife to make an incision around the flan’s edge. Next, grab a big plate and place it over the tray. Flip the tray with the plate, and the flan will come out easily.

Serve Banh Flan with your fruit toppings and enjoy.

Present the Banh Flan

What Are Some Tips for Making Banh Flan?

There are 5 essential tips to make Banh Flan that you don’t want to miss. Try them out, and you will get a creamy treat for your dinner. Besides these tips, knowing how to store Banh Flan and other must-try Vietnamese dishes is also vital.

  • Always adjust the flan’s flavor by playing around with the ingredients to suit your taste (especially the sweetness level).
  • Pair Banh Flan with your favorite sauce, like chocolate, caramel, or milk coffee.
  • Before adding the caramel, you can butter the tray’s surface to make it easier to remove the flan after cooking.
  • Aside from steaming inside a cooking or steaming pot, you can use a rice cooker to steam the flan. However, the temperature of a rice cooker can be high, so it’s hard to control steaming time.
  • You can also use an oven or an air-fryer with a little bit of water poured over the tray. Ideally, I suggest a temperature of 3560F/1800C in around 20 – 30 minutes, depending on the flan’s size.
Tips For Making Banh Flan

How To Store Banh Flan?

To store Banh Flan, I suggest chilling the creamy treat in the refrigerator, where you can have flan lasting up to 3 three days. However, Banh Flan can last at room temperature, too, but not for more than two hours.

When spoiled, flan usually has a discouraging odor and a taste that can be sour. Also, the liquid on top of the flan has a thick consistency that gives off a sharp smell. At this point, you need to throw away the treat to avoid food poisoning. Usually, it’s rather easy to store Vietnamese treats.

How to Store Banh Flan

What Are Other Vietnamese Sweet Desserts?

After discovering Banh Flan, I’d like to introduce you to a few more Vietnamese desserts, such as Vietnamese yogurt, Vietnamese banana, coconut, and tapioca dessert, Vietnamese cendol dessert, Vietnamese iced dessert drink with herbal ingredients, and Vietnamese sweet corn pudding.

  • Vietnamese yogurt: A creamy Vietnamese treat made from a milk mixture. Locals make yogurt with condensed milk, water, or milk and plain yogurt with live cultures. The condensed milk sweetens the yogurt and provides a creamy and tangy texture.
  • Vietnamese banana, coconut, and tapioca dessert (Che Chuoi): A Vietnamese dessert made with bananas, coconut milk, and tapioca pearls. This banana treat is sweet, creamy, and chewy and can be served hot or cold.
  • Vietnamese cendol dessert (Che Banh Lot): A Vietnamese treat with green worm-shaped jelly (bánh lọt), coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup. The jelly is made from rice flour and tapioca starch and is sometimes flavored with pandan leaves.
  • Vietnamese iced dessert drink with herbal ingredients (Che Sam Bo Luong): A Vietnamese sweet soup served as a dessert with various dried fruits, nuts, and jelly, cooked in a sweet coconut milk broth that provides a cooling and nourishing property.
  • Vietnamese sweet corn pudding (Che Bap): A Vietnamese treat featuring sweet corn and glutinous rice cooked in a sweet broth flavored with pandan leaves. Che Bap is topped with rich coconut cream for a creamy and nutty contrast to the chewy rice and corn.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Banh Flan

Banh flan is easy to make using familiar ingredients all around you. After going through the steps and trying some of the cooking tips, making Banh flan is easy as pie for everyone. So, make sure to try this creamy Vietnamese Banh flan.

Don’t forget to share the recipe with others so they can try making a Vietnamese version of the familiar crème caramel flan. Leave a comment to share your experience while making this creamy and tasty dessert.

Banh Flan

Banh Flan, A Vietnamese Version of Crème That You Can’t Miss

Banh flan is the Vietnamese interpretation of crème caramel flan, a popular treat worldwide with a creamy and soft texture. Grab your tools to start making this flan at home.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Banh Flan, Crème, Flan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 177kcal


  • 10 chicken eggs
  • 16.9 of sugar-free milk
  • 5.07 of sweetened condensed milk
  • 6.34 of sugar
  • 0.35 of vanilla powder
  • 3.5 of ginger and lime juice
  • Optional fruits


  • Extract 5 egg yolks to combine with another 5 whole eggs.
    Prepare The Egg Mixture
  • Use a whisk or fork to mix the egg thoroughly for 2 – 3 minutes.
    Use A Whisk To Mix The Egg
  • Make the caramel sauce by heating 16.9 ounces of sugar over medium heat and wait until the sugar turns brown.
    Gradually incorporate the ginger and lime juice mixture into the caramel and adjust the consistency so the sauce is not too liquidy.
    Make The Caramel Sauce
  • Transfer the caramel sauce to a tray and spread it evenly. Chill the sauce in the refrigerator to solidify the caramel.
    Pour The Caramel Sauce Into A Tray
  • Prepare a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, vanilla powder, and sugar-free milk over a low heat of 680F – 860F (20 – 300C). Remember to stir the mixture.
    Prepare The Milk Mixture
  • After cooling the milk mix, run the egg blend through a sieve to combine with the milk.
    Stir to combine the egg and milk blends.
    Banh Flan Step 3 Prepare The Milk Mixture
  • Proceed to sieve the egg and milk mixture again into your caramel tray for a smoother texture.
    Pour The Mixture Through the Sieve
  • Cover the tray with aluminum foil to prevent water from entering.
    Cover the Tray Tightly With Aluminum Foil
  • Steam the flan mixture for around 40 minutes at the lowest boiling temperature.
    Make sure not to let the water come in contact with the tray if you’re using a regular cooking pot. Ideally, you want to elevate the tray with a base (use a bowl) to steam the flan.
    Also, you need to open the lid 2 or 3 times during cooking to clean off the water condensed over the surface.
    Place The Tray Into Your Cooking
  • Chill the flan before serving.
    Banh Flan Step 3 Prepare The Milk Mixture1
  • Use a knife to run around the flan’s edge and place a plate over the tray.
    Flip the tray, and the flan will fall off nicely over the plate. Serve Banh Flan with your favorite fruits.
    Present the Banh Flan



  • The recipe is based on 4 servings.
  • You can also change the recipe’s sweetness to adapt the recipe better with your chosen fruits.
  • Before adding the caramel sauce to the tray, I suggest buttering the surface to make it easier to remove the flan after cooking.
  • You can also use a rice cooker to make Banh flan, although it’s hard to control the temperature and the final texture of the recipe.
  • Another option for cooking is by using an air fryer or an oven with water in the tray surrounding the elevated flan mold. Cook at a temperature of 3560F/1800C for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Try different fruits and sauces for different experiences.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 410mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 617IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg


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