Thai Pancake Dream

July 11, 2011

You know those foods that are just so ridiculously good, it shatters your very foodie foundations. With one bite, you undoubtedly think that there is something completely wrong with the World, as you cannot believe that every single person is not eating this very same food at this precise moment (or all the time for that matter). So good that it surely is a dream, that this food wholly represents the phrase “too good to be true?”… Do you know the type of food I’m speaking of?

Nutella CrΓͺpes fall into this category. Especially ones eaten hot, from a street vendor in Paris take-away style, so it’s all folded up and the nutella warms, melts and oozes in every direction, leaving you certain that you’re experiencing something decidedly erotic.

Do you know what I’m talking about?

Well, Thai Pancakes are no different. Call them the Nutella CrΓͺpes of the South East. These babies are bubbling, batter, bliss, folded with banana, sweetened condensed milk and sprinkled with sugar. Yep. It’s too good to be true, remember?

Oh, and it contains egg. The egg is key. To some it sounds strange but be sure to get the egg. It creates a beautiful textural crunch and provides that delightful eggy flavour that accompanies baked goods. Here’s David Thompson’s recipe from his amazing cook book, Thai Street Food (link) – so you can make it yourself!

The best Thai Pancakes are at the Sangkhlaburi Street Market. I know, I know, it’s a long way to travel, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Whenever Ben or I would head into town from Baan Dada, we’d make a beeline for this stand – hoping, praying that they were there, flipping and folding pancakes. Sometimes they weren’t. And on those times that I was forced to go back to the home pancakeless, a little part of me died inside. This is possibly a bit dramatic, but definitely a bit true.

They’re really just so good – like a dream…a sweet, soft, crispy dream.

Oh, and they cost 15 Baht, which is like 50cents. I know.

Now tell me that’s not too good to be true…

Heidi xo
  • Madeleine July 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

    omg, that sounds awesome! I'm really jealous…

  • Indie.Tea July 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Wow, those sound and look amazing. I wish I had the recipe now..

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oh my – I ate so may of these when I was in Thailand!!!

  • Lisa July 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

    You make them sound so good I would be prepared to try them, even though they contain banana. I somehow don't think they could beat nutella crepes in Paris though. For me at least, chocolate hazelnut beats banana any day.

  • Heavenly Ingredients July 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    yum! have you ever seen anywhere that do these in Australia? I realise, probably not…

  • Ashley July 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    My mum loooves getting these too when she's in Thailand! She'll often have them without the condensed milk and extra sugar for breakfast…. πŸ™‚ Yum yum yum!!!

  • Hannah July 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I would choose this over a nutella crepe any day. So ingenious and kooky but incredibly delicious! I'm also imagining it with kaya on top of the sweetened condensed milk πŸ˜›

  • Heidi July 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Madeleine – it was πŸ™‚

    Indie.Tea – I just posted a recipe link!! Should have thought of that earlier, my bad πŸ™‚

    Lisa – the best!

    Lisa – oh seriously if I had to choose I think I'd go the nutella crepes too…although maybe its just because I had them in Paris. My true love, Paris πŸ™‚

    Laura – I haven't found anywhere yet! I'm keen to make them myself but need to work up my roti skills πŸ™‚

    Ashley – yum yum yum indeed!!

    Hannah – oh man I need to get me some kaya…

    Heidi xo

  • Michelle Chin July 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    That just looks so beautiful…. I haven't had good pancakes in a while!

  • leaf (the indolent cook) July 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Oh that makes me want to try to make something similar myself! They look scrumptious.

  • The InTolerant Chef July 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I just got that book for my birthday, so I'll check out the recipe, it sure looks amazing though! The price is amazing too, I guess it's all relative isn't it?

  • Hannah July 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Yummm these looks seriously good!! πŸ™‚ Also, last week I went to Melbourne and ate breakfast at Three Bags Full!! I remember reading about it on your blog and then our friend recommended it and so I looked it up, and it was only a 5 minute walk from where we were staying πŸ™‚ It was amazing!! (I had the roast mushrooms, just divine).
    And! In the mail today I received the hazlenut spread, can't wait to try it tomorrow πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Hannah x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 11, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    If you could see me now you'd see me nodding most enthusiastically! These can chase the worst mood away! πŸ˜€

  • tori July 12, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Oh, how I love those pancakes- with banana for me please. I left my copy of Street Food in a storage container in Sydney. Now I miss it more than ever.

  • Heidi July 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Michelle – me too, I'm missing them!

    leaf – I'm keen to try it myself too, do give it a go!

    InTolerant Chef – I cannot wait to get into his book, I've really just been using it as pictorial inspiration so far hehe. & yes, everything is so cheap over there, but it's all relative.

    Hannah – oh good, I'm so glad you enjoyed Three Bags Full! I've had a taste of my friend's mushrooms & you're right, they were delicious. So happy you've received the hazelnut spread too! πŸ™‚

    Lorraine – here here!!

    Tori – oh no! I hope you get it back soon πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston July 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Droooooooool! Love the description sister, you had me at Nutella. These Thai style pancakes look delish. Totally the right price. Condensed milk… Mmmmmmm, my bro and I used to steal it and chomp away in the cubby as children, oh yeah, so yummy!

  • wikigirl July 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Oh my goodness! I am sending this link to my bf in hopes that we book a holiday there stat! They look so so good, I'm going to attempt them this week to celebrate my bday, any excuse πŸ™‚

  • msihua July 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Yayy.. and yum.. we do a version of that in Malaysia as well.. I love it!

  • Maria July 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I don't think I've ever tried a Thai pancake, but they certainly look delicious!

  • Heidi July 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Anna – we used to take tubes on camp! πŸ™‚

    wikigirl – oooh happy birthday!! I so hope you get to have a holiday there soon πŸ™‚

    Msihua – I bet it's super yummy!

    Maria – why yes they're supremely delicious!

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie July 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    AH-MAZING! x

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 14, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Oh my word that looks ah-mazing! Bring me one ;p?

  • Heidi July 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Michele – word πŸ˜‰

    Xiaolu – sure thing, coming right up! πŸ˜›

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Wow, the pancakes are soooo thin! And they look incredibly crispy!

  • tinytearoom July 15, 2011 at 1:38 am

    LOL. This brought back a lot of memories. I travelled to Thailand with my new boyfriend (who is now my fiancee) I saw one of these carts and got one with bananas in it. My partner was not well-read about the Thai cuisine at the time and I made him take a bite to try it. He spat it out into a tissue,
    "Is there bananas in that?!"
    "err. yeah"
    "are you trying to kill me?!"
    it turned out he HATED bananas and I didn't know it. I still laugh about it now. and it may even turn up in our nuptials.