mango pancakes

Sunday, March 09, 2014

As much as I love eating out, I definitely don't get to do it as often as I'd like. 99% of the time it's to do with time and budget constraints, but that doesn't stop me from obsessing over certain dishes! Whenever I try something I love in a restaurant I always go home inspired, and the obsession usually doesn't leave until I return again. If you're not familiar with these mango pancakes they're a yum cha staple, and after having it numerous times I figured I should just make them myself. While I'm not sure if I bastardised the recipe, I do know that it's addictive. After all, it's not hard for something to be delicious with that much whipped cream (I may have been a bit overzealous with it in this case, though)!

Don't be fooled, flipping these things is so much harder than it looks. I really give props to those who have mastered it, considering I used two spatulas and still managed to make holes in my crepes...

   Mango Pancakes (recipe adapted from Vondelicious)

Makes about 10:
3 eggs
1 cup milk
⅓ cup water
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup caster sugar
a few drops of yellow food

1. Place the ingredients in a bowl in the order listed. Whisk vigorously until blended (or for 30 seconds by machine). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and whisk for 15 seconds longer.
2. Let the batter sit for an hour or longer so that the starches can absorb. You can make the batter up to a day in advance and refrigerate it, but bring it to room temperature before you cook it. It should be the consistency of buttermilk, but if it’s lumpy you can strain it.
3. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray, or brush lightly with a neutral oil and get it hot but not smoking. Remove from the heat and pour a little batter in (depending on the size of your skillet) and swirl batter evenly around the bottom - try to make this very thin!
4. Return to heat and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes on the lowest setting. The thin edges will get crispy and curl up, and the top will mostly set but stay shiny. Flip the crepe with a spatula.
5. Cook the second side for about 30 seconds, then remove crepe and place it on a clean dish towel.

Assembling the pancake:
300mL thickened cream
Icing sugar, to taste
4 small mangoes, or 2 large
around 10 crepes, from the recipe

1. In a large bowl, whisk cream until slightly thickened then add the icing sugar to taste. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Chill while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.
2. Peel and slice mangoes into long, thin pieces.
3. Place one crepe on a plate (with the nice side down!) and place a heaped tablespoon of whipped cream in the centre. Place a couple of mango pieces around the whipped cream, then wrap the crepe around it. I did this by folding opposite sides inwards over the cream, then rolling the pancake into a cylinder shape.
4. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour (the longer the better) before serving.

You could make these less radioactive yellow and more natural looking by omitting the food colouring, but I personally love it! I think it hides the imperfections and gives the pancakes their iconic look. Anyway, if you're so inclined you could probably experiment with different fruits. I even used sliced peaches after I ran out of mangoes, and while it wasn't the same it definitely still tasted good! Anyway, out of curiosity what are your favourite desserts when it comes to yum cha, dim sum or whatever you happen to call it? Do share! I definitely need to plan ahead for the next time I visit...

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  1. These look amazing, I'm a complete mango addict so I will definitely be making these at some point. Thank you!

  2. Wait what, why have I never seen or tried these before? They turned out really well, I reckon they'd give Weis bars a run for their money haha.

  3. Omgggg <3 I need to try it!
    And mostly I need you to bake/cook
    for me someday :'D haha Xx

  4. I've never heard of mango pancakes. They look really delicious and even cute!

  5. I've never heard of such a thing, they look so good!!!! Droolworthy pictures

  6. I've had these a couple of times - from a little dessert shop in HK and once in the UK. Like the recipe!

  7. As someone who is Chinese, I have never tried mango pancakes before :P They look so good but usually by the time I have the savoury in yum cha, I'm not really in the mood for something sweet but seeing this just makes me want to try it right here, right now. Definitely giving these a go next time I'm at yum cha! As for Asian desserts, I know they don't usually have these at yum cha restaurants, but I LOVE sago :P or red bean/taro dessert.

    1. That happens to me too, which is a shame! But usually I can't resist anyway because I'm a dessert freak, haha.

  8. It looks delicious!!! Goodness :OO

  9. I'd never heard of this recipe but now I'm dying to try it! Your photos look delicious and the color is so gorgeous. <3 xoxo

  10. Oh wow they look amazing. I used to buy the less-attractive version of these from BreadLife, I thought it was just their thing haha. Asian desserts? A few comes to my mind but I don't even know their names. :/

    1. I actually think I've seen them in a similar store called Breadtop, but have never bothered to try it out! I'm definitely going to look for it the next time I need my mango fix :)

  11. Oh my gosh!! I need to try this! I love mango flavored anything haha. Literally bookmarking this page now!


  12. These look absolutely amazing! It's been ages since I've made any sort of pancakes myself, so I doubt I'll try it soon, but they are definitely making my mouth water:)

  13. WOW! these pictures are making me extra hungry!

  14. I've been making those bad boys since I found a recipe on a blog a year ago... So simple, and since I've taught my mum she's been making it whenever she has time. MANGO PANCAKES EVERYDAY!!! (not really but more often than going to Yum Cha).

    1. Aw man, I wish my mum would make them at my disposal! I don't even think every yum cha sells them, so that's a shame :(

  15. Wow these look so so so good, I must try to make them!! Love your photos!

  16. Oh my, these look fantastic. Going to have to try out this recipe. Thanks!

  17. Good God, I literally started salivating a the sight of those photos. These look amazing! Great job. I'm very tempted to make them now...


  18. Came across your blog whilst reading up a restaurant on urbanspoon and then clicked on this! :) haha... thanks so much for trying out my recipe! Glad you liked it ;) The crepe batter is pretty hard to get off the pan, usually, I roll the sides inwards a bit first, makes it a little bit easier to get off!