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A white plate of banh flan in a pool of amber caramel with a golden spoon.

Banh Flan (Vietnamese Creme Caramel)

Banh Flan (Vietnamese Creme Caramel) is a smooth and soft custard covered in a dark amber caramel. The caramel is slightly bitter which helps cut through the sweetness of the custard to give you a rich but balanced dish.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French, Vietnamese
Keyword Banh Flan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Servings 6 people
Calories 309kcal
Author Scruff


  • small saucepan
  • strainer
  • oven
  • deep baking tray
  • moulds (roughly 150 ml each)



  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • 5 eggs
  • 600 ml full-cream milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt


  • In a small saucepan heat the caramel ingredients over medium heat. Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl of iced water.
  • Once the caramel has turned amber (roughly 3-5 minutes), take the saucepan off the heat and place into the bowl of iced water for 10 seconds. Be careful not to splash any icebath water into the caramel.
  • Pour or spoon the caramel into the moulds and leave to harden.
  • Whisk the eggs in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  • Put the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt into a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Stir until combined and all the sugar has dissolved, then keep heating until the mixture reaches 70 C / 158 F.
  • Preheat the oven to 150C / 300 F.
  • Take the milk mixture off the heat and add the eggs slowly through a strainer. Mix until completely incorporated.
  • Strain the mixture again, then pour into the moulds. Place a tea towel on your workbench and tap the moulds onto the towel a few times to remove any air bubbles. Cover in aluminium foil, and poke a few holes through the foil on each ramekin.
  • In a baking tray, lay down a tea towel. Put the moulds into the baking tray and fill the tray half way up the moulds with medium-hot water from the tap. Do not use boiling water!
  • Bake the flan for 35 minutes.
  • Take the moulds out of the baking tray and let them cool for 10 minutes at room temperature. Carefully remove the aluminium foil off and leave until cool enough to be handled.
  • Cover each mould with cling wrap and let it set in the fridge for at least four hours (though preferably at least 1 day) (Note 1).
  • Once ready to serve, run a knife around the edges to unmould the flan, and turn it upside down on a plate. The caramel will spill over the custard.


  1. The creme caramel will be chilled and set after four hours, however the caramel may not have fully liquefied at this point. Leaving for 1 - 2 days will improve your chances of getting more liquid caramel.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 183mg | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg