Posted 4th March 2014 by Alaina Wong and Roxanne Haydon
Simple and delicious, it is unsurprising pancakes exist in a variety of shapes and sizes from around the world. Bound together with a milky batter, flipped in a pan and topped with your favourite sweet or savoury fillings, these flat, disk-shaped bundles of starch are the ultimate comfort food.
A favourite amongst many, crepês are very thin made from wheat or buckwheat flour. Serve it the classic way using fresh lemon and sugar, or try the elaborate savoury galettes filled with your egg, meats and cheese.
Thick and fluffy with the addition of baking powder, American pancakes are similar to Scotch pancakes or a drop scone. They are traditionally served with syrup and streaky bacon or fresh, juicy blueberries.
These popular ‘grid cakes’ achieve their pattern by cooking between two hot plates. There are many variations of the waffle but the Belgian kind has deeper pockets to hold the whip cream, chocolate spread and syrup. Delicious!
Typically used as canapés, blinis are tiny, thick pancakes made with buckwheat flour. Don’t be fooled by their small size as they hold their own when loaded with sour cream and smoked salmon, or caviar for that special occasion.
Hotteok, South Korea
A popular street food introduced by Chinese immigrants in the late 19th century, hotteoks are pockets of dough, flattened and griddled. Filled with brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts and cinnamon, they are often eaten during the winter season because of its high sugar content.
Similar to a French galette and flatbread, bing is a disk-like shape that is slightly flattened. It is usually eaten for lunch or more formal meals, like Peking duck.
Traditionally made from rice flour and urad dal (black lentil), the mixture is left to ferment for a few days to increase the vitamin B and C content. A common street food and breakfast dish, dosas are flavoured with different spices representing the many regions in India.
Injeras is a yeast-risen flatbread that gives it a distinct flavour and spongy texture. Its large size means that the pancake is used as an eating utensil to scoop up salads and soak up juice from a stew.
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