Also known as “Apom Balek”, “Ban Chang Kuih”, “Bang Chang Kueh”, Fluffy Pancakes with Roasted Peanuts and Sesame Seeds… this dish has so many inconsistent naming conventions that I had a tough time deciding the best name to call it for my Blog Title so people would search for it and find it.
Just like the “Pisang Goreng”.. this dish holds a lot of childhood memories for me. Where I grew up in a small capital city in Borneo (Kuching), whenever I’m out shopping with my parents – I would every once in a while convince my parents to buy me a snack because I was hungry. “Apam Balik” was one of those snacks readily available from food stalls around a shopping centre. It’s basically a really soft, fluffy pancake folded over chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, sugar and butter.
Ever since I’ve moved to Australia about 5 years ago, I realise I haven’t had Apam Balik is absolutely AGESSSS!! In fact, even when I was back in Malaysia for holidays several times now, it never occured to me to go and get some Apam Balik, simply because I have always had such limited time and I was hunting for other food I’ve been craving for that’s harder to replicate and cook myself.
So recently, out of the blue, I had a craving for Apam Balik and thought I’d share with you this recipe:
330 gm flour
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp instant dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
Mix the ingredients to form a smooth batter and leave for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, your batter should be light and fluffy, slightly raised and have “popping air holes” that look like this:
Crushed, roasted peanuts
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Heat a flat frying pan with a little bit of oil. Pour batter to fill the pan.
Sprinkle peanut and sesame seeds onto the batter, sprinkle sugar on top and dot with butter.
Fold the pancake over and leave it on the pan until it is cooked. Serve hot.