Find Chinese pancakes and satisfying home-made pastries at Pancake King
By Samantha Francis
Crispy on the outside and spongy within, the min jiang kueh or Chinese pancake from Pancake King is a snack I’ve loved since I was a kid.
The other day, I decided to revisit my favourite childhood haunt and found that Pancake King is now owned by the Mad Jack Group and has since expanded to 19 outlets island-wide. How convenient!
Using a traditional recipe with more than 60 years of history, the pancake from Pancake King is cooked without any oil or egg.
Pancakes Without Oil or Egg
Using a traditional recipe with more than 60 years of history, the pancake from Pancake King is cooked without any oil or egg. Despite omitting these ingredients, the pancake retains a nice honeycomb-like structure and a moist interior.
Most of the time, the pancakes are made on the spot. I was served a ready-made slice. While my Red Bean Paste Pancake ($1) wasn’t piping hot, it was soft and tasty, with a generous slathering of bean paste that wasn’t too sweet.
Satisfying Home-made Flavours
Apart from pancakes, home-made pastries seem to be its forte too. The Egg Tart ($1.50) is one of the bestsellers and it’s not hard to see why. With a crumbly biscuit-crust holding smooth egg custard filing that’s almost as soft as tofu, this is a snack that truly satisfies.
Other snacks such as the Apple Pie ($2.40) and signature Chocolate Delight Cake ($3.20) are worth a try too. The latter is coated with a rich and thick layer of chocolate ganache, which contrasts nicely with the light chocolate sponge.
With home-made flavours at low prices, Pancake King does offer the simple pleasures in life.
Pancake King outlets include Serangoon Garden Market, 267 Serangoon Avenue 3, Singapore 550267. For more, visit www.madjackgroup.com/locations.asp.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 148, March 18 – March 31, 2016, with the headline ‘More than min jiang kueh’.