Recipe | Pandan Pancake Rolls

I've had these on my mind ever since I first tasted pandan in crepes at a street market on our first night in Chiang Mai!

Pandan is a type of leaf used in Asian cooking. It has a coconut-y vanilla taste so it's used mainly as flavouring in sweets and desserts and gives everything this unusual bright green colour. In Thailand it's fairly common to see cakes and treats this colour - if it's not pandan, it's probably matcha green tea flavour!

Sipping iced green tea in Bangkok

After that first taste at the market, I jumped at the chance to eat anything green! Imagine how chuffed I was when the kind folk at Flight of the Gibbon brought out a bright green pandan birthday cake for Gordon!

We've been scouring the Asian supermarket for pandan treats since we got home so I'm now well stocked up with instant green custard! I picked up a little bottle of pandan extract last time which I've used to recreate these pandan filled pancakes at home.

Just in time for pancake day!

This is basically an adaptation of a general pancake mix, filled with pandan custard. You could also use it to make Malaysian Kuih Dadar, which is the same idea but with a sugary, coconut filling instead. For the pandan extract and custard you'll probably need to visit an Asian food store - I got both in Matthews Foods, next to the Manchurian in Aberdeen.

250g flour
350ml coconut milk
4 eggs
1 tsp pandan extract
1 packet instant pandan custard
  • Mix the flour, coconut milk, eggs and pandan extract together in one big bowl until you get a smooth (green!) batter. If you have an electric mixer, use it!
  • Spoon a ladleful of the mixture into a hot frying pan, spread it thinly and allow to cook on one side. I didn't bother flipping to the other side as they seemed to lose some flexibility and you need to be able to roll them up.
  • Allow the pancakes to cool, and make up the pandan custard according to the packet instructions. (It's easy!)
  • Add a spoonful of the custard to the middle of each pancake, roll them up like a burrito and enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. This looks interesting. Will be weird eating green pancakes, but I definitely want to try this out.