breakfast TRAVEL

Peanut Pancake, Imbi Market, Kuala Lumpur

November 4, 2012

Peanut Pancake

I was sorting through my photos from over the past year and I came upon one of my favourite sets – one that was photographed at Imbi Market in Kuala Lumpur last year. A separate blog post is needed to justify the glorious market, but what I want to share right now is a series of photos I snapped as the two-person team at the market whipped up fresh, hot, buttery peanut pancakes and made the place smell wonderfully sweet in the midsts of smoky stir-frys and simmering broths.

Although it’s been more than a year since I’ve had a taste of this pancake, I have a distinct memory of it: soft, butter pancake that smells of eggs and sugar and is filled with a copious amount of chopped peanuts evenly spread on it – cooked to a perfect golden hue, then folded over and cut up into smaller pieces.

This, my friends, is food that causes inexplicable joy. It is the food that forms the very reason for travel.

(If it weren’t for the 2 breakfasts we’d eaten before this, I’d have eaten another one.)


Pancake batter
Caster sugar
Peanuts, toasted and chopped


1. Spread the pancake batter on a hot pan.

Peanut Pancake

2. Sprinkle with caster sugar.

Peanut Pancake

3. Scatter the chopped peanuts.

Peanut Pancake

4. Be generous.

Peanut Pancake

5. Cover it with a lid and let it cook for a couple of minutes.

Peanut Pancake

6. Next, dollop with butter and spread it evenly with a spatula before folding the pancake into half and pulling it off the heat.

Peanut Pancake

7. Cut the folded pancake into 4 pieces.

Peanut Pancake

8. Stack it up.

Peanut Pancake

9. Or pack it up.

Peanut Pancake

10. Eat.

Peanut Pancake


  • Reply Atrisa November 4, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Oh my god, thanks for this! Even I had these last year in KL and was blown away. Moreso because I’m not generally a pancake fan.

  • Reply Nupur November 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Ohh this is something very new.. i like the idea of cooking with the peanuts spread… Definitely on my next trial list

  • Reply Tammy November 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Asian street food at its best!

  • Reply Ann Mah November 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I love pancakes in any form, but this is especially exotic and intriguing. A reason to go to Kuala Lumpur, for sure. Thanks for the introduction!

  • Reply Migle November 5, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    I once saw this pancake on Bourdain’s “The Layover” and it was in my mind for a while, until… well, I totally forgot about it! Shame on me! And thanks to you for reminding, cause it really looks and seems extremely tasty! Can’t wait to try!

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