Blogging Marathon# 38: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: One Dish, Different Countries
Dish: Malaysia — Apam Balik
Day 2 of BM# 38 and today I’ve Malaysian sweet pancakes for you. Apam Balik is a crispy thin pancake that is usually filled with sweetened peanuts. These are usually sold at specialist roadside stalls throughout Malaysia.
Watch this video to see how expertly the guy makes apam balik. I especially like the technique he uses to take them off the pan.
Traditionally these pancakes are made in brass molds since brass distributes heat evenly and the metal itself is thick and heavy, so food does not scald that easily. This post has clear pictures of the brass molds used to make Apam Balik. I don’t own brass pans and have no plans of buying them, so I used a nonstick pan to do the job. After looking all those gorgeous looking pancakes, mine didn’t turn out as golden and crispy in the pictures, but they tasted great.
I filled some of my Malaysian pancakes with sweetened peanuts, some with banana and Nutella, because that is the only way I can get my son to eat them. He likes peanuts, but once sweetened they are not peanuts anymore for him(!!!!!!!)
These pancakes need a little bit of planning since the batter needs to rest for at least 3 hours or overnight, so the smartest thing to do is to make the batter the night before and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. If you have time prep the fillings too and the next morning all you need to do is make the pancakes.