We’ve already looked at various types of pancakes from around the world, but there are many, many more. Pancakes are one of the oldest prepared foods in the world, and being so easy to make, and adaptable, there are versions of it in almost every culture around the world. From thick Scottish drop scones to crispy Indian dosas, almost every country has a variation.
Here Are More Delicious Pancakes From Around the World:
17Italy – Farinata
This savoury Italian pancake is made from chickpea flour and is typically cooked in a wood oven like pizza. Crisp on the outside, and smooth on the inside; it is often topped with fresh rosemary and pepper and can be found elsewhere along the Mediterranean. In southern France, it is known as socca; and in North Africa, where more spices are typically added, as karane (Morocco) or karantita (Algeria).
16Japan – Okonomiyaki
The word okonomiyaki comes from the words okonomi, or “what you want,” and yaki, or “grilled.” And that’s precisely what these Japanese pancakes are. A batter of eggs, flour, Chinese yam, and shredded cabbage, is topped with a variety of fillings, from vegetables and sauces to octopus, squid, to pork belly. It is then cooked and drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise and plum sauce.
15Korea – Jeon & Hotteok
Korean jeon are similar to the Chinese bing. It is similarly diverse and is essentially an eggy-batter topped with various meats, seafood or vegetables. Popular versions are kimchijeon, which features kimchi, pajeon, that is packed with scallions, and hwajeon, sweet rice-based pancakes made with flowers.
Korea is also home to the thick and sweet hotteok (pictured), a popular street food that is made with a yeasty wheat-based dough that is stuffed with fillings, like syrup, caramel, honey, nuts and spices, and toasted on a griddle.
14Malaysia – Apam Balik
This delicious pancake is a popular Malaysian breakfast and common street food. It is both sweet and fluffy and is made with sticky rice and eggs and is filled with crushed peanuts, sweetened dried coconut, corn, bananas, and sugar.
13Mexico – Hotcakes
Mexican hotcakes are thick and fluffy, similar to American buttermilk pancakes. However, they are made with a cinnamon-infused cornmeal batter and is usually topped with condensed milk, fruit jam, or a caramelized goat milk spread called cajeta.
12Morocco – Beghrir & M’Semen
These Moroccan pancakes are popular across North Africa. Beghrir are a popular breakfast food; they are small, spongy pancakes made from semolina or flour and riddled with tiny holes when cooked (they soak up whatever sauce is served with it). M’Semen are muh thinner, more like crepes, and are also made from semolina. The dough kneaded then stretched until thin, and are stuffed before being fried or baked.
11The Netherlands – Poffertjes
Poffertjes are small, fluffy pancakes, made with yeast and buckwheat flour. They are cooked in a special pan (poffertjespan) and usually served with powdered sugar and butter, and sometimes syrup.
10Poland – Naleśniki & Placki
Nalesniki are Polish pancakes that are similar to the more common Eastern European blintz and blini. The crêpe-like pancakes are cooked using carbonated water, giving them a light and airy texture. They are rolled and filled with sweet fillings, such as jam and cream cheese. Placki (or placki ziemniaczane), similar to Jewish latkes, are potato pancakes usually accompanied by apple sauce or sour cream
9Russia – Blini & Blintz
Blini are thin crepe-like pancakes, of Russian origin, made from buckwheat flour, and traditionally served with butter, sour cream, fruit, caviar or smoked salmon. The blini can also be folded or rolled over these fillings. They are often confused with blintzes, which are made of wheat flour (not buckwheat), and without yeast. Blintzes are folded over a filling and then sautéed or baked.
8Scotland – Drop Scones
Scotch pancakes (also called drop scones) are small and thick, made by dropping the flour-based batter onto a griddle. Though similar to American pancakes, they are smaller, and are usually served with jam and cream or just with butter.
7South Africa – Pannekoek
Originating in the Netherlands, pannekoek are large crepe-like pancakes (usually a foot in diameter) that are a popular breakfast in South Africa. They can either be topped with lemon juice and sugar, or stuffed with a variety of fillings, such as apples, cheese, ham, bacon, and candied ginger.
6Sweden (and Norway) – Raggmunk & Pannakor
Nordic pancakes, called pannkakor, are usually thin, much like French crêpes. Pannakakor are served with whipped cream, jam, or fruit, especially lingonberries. Sweden also has potato pancakes called raggmunk, which are similar to the Jewish potato latke. Raw grated potatoes are added to the batter, which is then fried in butter. It is served with pork rinds and lingonberry jam. Sweden also has plättar, small pancakes, and the äggakaka (eggcake).
5Thailand – Martabak
Martabak is a street-food classic in both Thailand and in Indonesia, though it originated in the Middle East. It is essentially a spicy omelette pancake, that is filled with bits of vegetables and minced meat and then folded over.
4Ukraine – Oladky
These small thick pancakes are known as oladyi in Russia. The batter is made from wheat or buckwheat flour, and may also have apple and raisins. Oladky are served with sour cream, and various sweet toppings like jam, varenye (fruit preserve), or honey.
3US/Canada – Buttermilk Pancakes
American and Canadian pancakes (also called hotcakes or flapjacks) have perhaps become the most well-known around the world. The thick and fluffy batter often contains additions like blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apples, chocolate chips, and cheese; though they are usually unsweetened. Served in thick stacks, they are then smothered in butter and maple syrup and are usually eaten for breakfast.
2Venezuela – Cachapas
Cachapas are traditional Venezuelan corn pancakes. They can either be made flat, like traditional pancakes, or stuffed with queso de mano (a soft cheese). Another version (cachapa de hoja) is wrapped in dry corn leaves and boiled.
1Vietnam – Bánh Xèo
The Vietnamese bánh xèo, which literally means “sizzling cake,” are made with rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric and cooked in a hot skillet. They are stuffed with all kinds of fillings, such as pork, shrimp, green onion, and bean sprouts. The pancakes are then served with lettuce, fresh herbs and fish sauce.
Of course, there are tons of other pancakes from around the world, such as the Welsh crempog, Singaporean lempeng, and Costa Rican chorreadas. Be sure to let us know your favourites in the comments below.