Pancakes from around the world

It's the traditional dish of Shrove Tuesday, but the humble pancake takes on many different identities around the world. How do you eat yours?
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Bánh xèo, Vietnam; these savoury crispy pancakes which literally translate as 'sizzling cake' are made from rice flour and coconut milk and typically cooked in a hot skillet with six compartments. Served warm, they're filled all sorts of vegetables and fragrant herbs and spices, and drizzled with a nuoc cham dipping (lime juice, fish sauce, chilies and garlic).  http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/asia-&-far-east/vietnam-holidays

Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Savory Pancakes) - simple, savory crepes made from rice flour and coconut milk. (Also pinned under pancakes for the 'crepe'.

Crêpes, France. Like the British pancake, The batter is made from flour, eggs and milk and is then spread in a very thing layer across a hot griddle. You'll find them rolled up with all sorts of fillings, from lemon and icing sugar, to banana or strawberries with chocolate.

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OkonomiyaKi, Japan; Very different to the Western style pancake, Okonomiyaki (translated as 'As-you-like-it pancake') is a savoury mix of egg, noodles and cabbage filled with all sorts of fillings from cheese and wasabi to seafood, pork and chicken. It's cooked on a griddle and typically served with a Japanese mayonnaise in zig zag lines and katsuobushi (smoked bonito) and aonori (seaweed) across the top.  http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/asia-&-far-east/japan-holidays

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Aebleskiver, Denmark. These ball shaped morsels may not look very pancake like, but this is the way the Scandinavians like to cook them. They use a special frying pan to mold the round shape and sometimes find them filled with chocolate and other yummy things. In Denmark, they're traditionally served at Christmas with mulled wine.

Aebleskiver (Small Danish pancakes) filled with banana or chocolate From: Cooking New Recipes, please visit

Kimchijeon, Korea; A hearty mix of flour batter, meat or seafood and vegetables, 'Kimchijeon' or Kimchi pancakes are characterised by the use of Kimchi - a spicy fermented cabbage and served with a spicy dipping sauce.

A hearty mix of flour batter, meat or seafood and vegetables, 'Kimchijeon' or Kimchi pancakes are characterised by the use of Kimchi - a spicy fermented cabbage and served with a spicy dipping sauce.

Pancake, England; We Brits have become adventurous with our variations of pancake fillings for Shrove Tuesday but typically Pancake Day is all about a simple sprinkling of sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Pancakes with sugar and lemon

We Brits have become adventurous with our variations of pancake fillings for Shrove Tuesday but typically Pancake Day is all about a simple sprinkling of sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Malpua, India. They vary across regions but Indian malpua are a mix of sweetened condensed milk, semolina, flour, fennel seeds and cardamon. They're deep fried, dunked in sugar syrup and served with fresh cream, raabri (an Indian sweet of ghee and fruit) or chopped nuts. http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/asia-&-far-east/india-tours

Mawa Malpua is a traditional Indian sweet from Rajasthan. It is basically a fried pancake dunked in sugar syrup. Serve it with rabdi or just as is, and it tastes absolutely delicious. ‪ ‪ This is a perfect recipe to make for the Indian festival of Diwali.

Buttermilk pancakes, America: Pancakes in the States are characterised by their buttermilk batter and use of baking soda which gives them a thick, fluffy consistency. Stacked high with streaky bacon, a lump of butter and oodles of maple syrup, this is the epitomy of a US diner breakfast. You'll also find a variety of other toppings from blueberries and yoghurt, to chocolate chips and cream. http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/usa-holidays

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Bacon Pancakes (Martha Stewart)These bacon pancakes satisfy both the sweet and savory senses. Surprise your family with this breakfast on Saturday or Sunday morning.

Apam Balik, Malaysia: These griddle cakes also known as turnover pancakes are found across all sorts of street markets across Malaysia and tend to have a crispy exterior and soft centre. Typically filled with ground roasted peanuts, sweetened dried coconut. banana and sugar, you may also find them with a chocolate filling. http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/asia-&-far-east/malaysia-holidays

You must try Apam Balik, delicious sweet peanut pancakes we discovered in Penang, Malaysia!

Mexican hotcakes: Typically made with cornflour, Mexican hotcakes are very similar to the US-style and come with all sorts of toppings from jam or condensed milk to a sweet goat milk spread known as cajeta. http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/mexico-holidays

From the kitchen: Mexican Pancakes with Brown Butter & Cinnamon Maple Syrup.apparently they taste like churros!

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