Also known as “mee chiang kueh” in Hokkien, peanut pancake is an old-fashioned breakfast food and all-day snack. It is made by pouring batter on a flat griddle to make a large pancake. When cooked, roasted crushed peanut mixed with sugar is sprinkled all over the pancake. It is then folded over to create a half-moon and then cut into smaller pieces.
Typically, other fillings like red bean and grated coconut are also available. Modern variants include cheese and chocolate. However, the most popular is still the original peanut version.
Although the ingredients are simple, it is no mean feat to create a good peanut pancake. Here are five worthy stalls that uphold the tradition of making great-tasting peanut pancake!
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 6am-1.30pm; closed on Mon
Price: $0.50 per piece
For overall excellence and best value, our top choice is Yean Heng. They also have other variations like coconut and red bean, but their peanut version is the most outstanding.
Although the batter was a tad dense, it was still pleasantly soft and chewy. Our favorite part was the peanut. It was incredibly airy and fragrant! It was obviously freshly ground, and managed to be have just the perfect coarseness.
They were also heavy-handed with the filling. Our pancakes were spilling crushed peanut with each bite. The amount of sugar was also spot-on. Cheap and delicious, it’s no wonder that Yean Heng’s pancakes often sell out early, especially on weekends.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri: 6.30am-1.30pm, Sat-Sun: 6.30am-2pm, closed on Mondays
Price: $0.70 for traditional pancake, $1.00 for crispy cone pancake
Rating: 3/5 for traditional pancake, 4.5/5 for crispy cone pancake
Although their branding goes by “traditional pancake”, we think their forte lies in their nouveau crispy cone version.
The batter for the traditional variety was far too dense and heavy. On the other hand, their cone pancake was a sheer delight to devour. The large cone was made from a thin pancake. The exterior was browned and crisp, while the interior was spread thickly with crushed peanut.
Amazingly, the cone pancake managed to retain its crispness after two hours in our humid climate. For both versions, the peanut was intensely fragrant, but a little too sweet for our liking.
Opening hours: 5am-11am; closed on Mon & Fri
Price: $0.60 per piece
Thick and chewy, this peanut pancake was truly old-school. The batter had a slight after-taste of alkaline, which gave the pancake an elastic, springy bite. At first, we weren’t quite used to its distinctive texture, but slowly, it grew on us.
The crushed peanut had a rustic quality as well. The elderly couple who run this stall are extremely fastidious about the quality of the peanut, choosing not to open their stall if they are unable to procure the grade of nut they require. This was why we were only able to sample their much-touted peanut pancake after two futile visits.
Roasted to a deep brown, the crushed peanut had a robust, smoky scent. Although rather coarse, it complemented the hearty texture of the pancake. The amount of peanut was very liberal.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 6am-2pm
Price: $0.70 for traditional pancake, $1.20 for crispy pancake (2 pieces)
For a variety of both traditional and modern styles, Tiong Bahru Mian Jian Kueh does both versions equally well.
The old-fashioned version featured a thick and spongy pancake, which was pleasantly fluffy and chewy at the same time. The crushed peanut was sufficiently fragrant, but more of it would have upped the satisfaction level.
The modern crispy version is sold as a pair sealed in plastic bag to retain crispness. It was more like a paper-thin wafer, filled with nearly powder-fine crushed peanut. The overall effect was very delicate and more-ish.
Opening hours: Daily: 5am-4pm
Price: $0.60 per piece
A relative newcomer, Granny’s Pancake is a chain of traditional pancake stalls located in several hawker centres.
They may not be as established as their peers in this roundup, but we found their pancakes to be consistent and more than decent. What we especially liked was the batter. It had a nice balance of soft and springy textures. Best of all, it had a lovely melt-in-the-mouth quality.
The amount of peanut was respectably ample. Our only grouse: The peanut could have been finer and more aromatic.
inSing.com made anonymous visits and paid for its own meals at the stalls featured here.