Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Yum Cha Style Mango Pancakes

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Mango season has hit quite early this year- although they're not exactly at their best yet, there's always a strong scent of mangoes whenever I venture into a fruit shop. I find this a little weird as I always associate mangoes with December. When I was younger, we used to take boxes of mangoes to Hong Kong for our relatives when we went there just before christmas. Back then, mangoes were at their best just before christmas and we always managed to bring some large, ripe mangoes. But it seems that the mango season is appearing earlier and earlier each year- last year, we only managed to bring a box of small end of season mangoes!


Although I prefer eating mangoes as they are, rather than using them for desserts (as I do with most fruits), my next favourite way to eat mango is in mango pancakes. Yup, the bright yellow ones they wheel around in the dessert trolley at yum cha, always covered tightly in cling wrap with water droplets hanging off the plastic.

I had these for the first time at a yum cha restaurant about 3 years ago, instantly fell in love with them and then realised how simple they were- after all, they're just a simple mixture of mangoes and whipped cream wrapped in a yellow pancake. But that never stopped me from ordering them everytime I spotted one at a restaurant. Even when it's in the middle of winter, and you know that they're using canned mangoes....



So I finally got around to making this yesterday, after seeing the two mangoes which I'd reserved (my sister used the others for mango pudding) starting to rot. I've never been able to find a mango pancake recipe on the internet, one of the resons I've been putting it off for so long, despite my love for it)so I decided to use a crepe recipe as I thought it'd be similar to the pancake I've eaten at yum cha (never mind the fact that I've never actually eaten a crepe before.....), tint it yellow and chuck some whipped cream and mango in there =D And you know what?? It worked!!

I accidently made the crepe too thick because I was scared that if it was too thin, it wouldn't taste like the mango pancakes I had before. And then I think I overcooked it because it wasn't quite as soft as I'd like it AND I also added too much food colouring so it ended up looking pretty cheap, like those ones at yum cha restaurants which you look at and know that it won't taste good but you still order cimply because it's a mango pancake, and you love mango pancake. Or is that just me? Luckily, the mangoes were really good so it didn't taste like it looked =) Infact, they were heavenly!! The mangoes are really the star of the show here so the slight problems with the crepe weren't too noticeable. And so these dissappeared in no time!

I know what I'll be doing with this season's mangoes!




Mango Pancake Recipe

Yellow Crepe
Recipe From Anatomy of a Wishful Bohemian
Makes ~10 depending on thickness and size of pan

3 eggs
1 cup milk
⅓ cup water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup caster sugar
a few drops of yellow food colouring

1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl in the order listed. Whisk vigorously until blended (about 30 seconds by machine standards). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat or blend 15 seconds longer.

2. let the batter sit for an hour or longer so the starches can absorb. You can make the batter up to a day in advance and keep it in the refrigerator, just bring it up to room temp before you cook it. It should be the consistency of buttermilk. If it’s lumpy you can strain it.

3. Spray a non stick skillet with a little cooking spray, or brush lightly with a neutral oil and get it hot but not smoking. Remove from heat and pour a little batter in (how much depends on the size of your skillet) and swirl batter evenly around the bottom- try to make this very thin!

4. Return to heat and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes (I used the lowest heat, so it took a lot longer for me- but it meant that the crepes would be smooth!). The thin edges will get crispy and curl up, and the top will mostly set but stay shiny. Flip the crepe around with a spatula (this part is difficult! for me anyways....)

5. Cook the second side for about 30 seconds, then remoce crepe and place it on a clean, dry and preferably light colored dish towel (I put it on a dish.....)

Making the pancake:
300mL cream (I used thickened cream,
but any cream which whips up will do)
icing sugar, to taste
2 small
mangoes, or one large one
around 10 crepes, from the recipe above

1. In a large bowl, whisk the cream until slightly thickened then add icing sugar until it tastes sweet enough, and stiff peaks form. Chill while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.
2. Peel and chip mangoes into long, thin pieces.
3. Place one crepe on a plate (with the nice side down!) and put a heaped tablespoon of whipped cream into the centre. Place a couple of pieces of mango around the whipped cream, then wrap the crepe around it. I do this by folding one side over the cream, then folding both sides inwards, then rolling the whole thing into a cylinder shape.
4. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour (the longer the better) before
serving =)



34 comments:

Poggy said...

THAT LOOKS SO GOOODDD =DDDDDD *drooollllsss*

*saves this page*

Von said...

Hi Poggy!
That was SO FAST!! haha...thanks =)

teenagefoodie said...

OMG looks just like it. I've been trying to find a recipe for a while =]Can't wait to try it out

Anncoo said...

Mmm...really looks so yummy. Never seen mango in canned before but the fresh ones are the best :)

PlumLeaf 李葉 said...

Done a good job there! The photography is good too! ;0)
How about that mango pudding recipe too? I fancy some of that!

Cooking Gallery said...

Oh YUM...!! Those look so good! I always order mango puddings when I am out for a yum cha, next time if I should see something like yours, I would definitely order it too!

MaryMoh said...

I love mangoes...only fresh ones. Your mango pancakes look fabulous. I wish I can have a piece now. I saw mangoes at the supermarket this morning but they all looked very green.....haiyah. Wish I am back home....all the juicy sweet mangoes to enjoy.

SteelCityFlan said...

I don't know what you're talking about...your crepes look great! I'm scared to try them, though O.O Hopefully this post will give me the confidence, hehe.

Olivia said...

hmmm so yummy....

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

The pancakes look perfect, no pockmarks at all!!
There are melon, jackfruit and durian filled pancakes here as well.

grub said...

O_O i have never seen this at yumcha before!! never!!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow these look great and I bet the flavor is awesome

lynne said...

I wish it were mango season here too! Your pancakes sound really yummy! I really want mangoes now >.<

Adriana @ Bittersweet Baker said...

Your pancakes look beautiful - I love how smooth and even they are. And mangoes are one of my favorite fruits!

grace said...

what a terrific breakfast! brace yourself, though--i've never eaten fresh mango! isn't that tragic!

Swee San said...

Hrmm I always see this but i just don't know why I never get myself to eating it... but now I just wanna grab it from the computer's screen..

Georgia said...

They looking amazing!I love mango pancakes and have been wanting to make them at home, thanks for the recipe!!

Ladybird said...

Oh yum! I <3 mangoes - bring on mango season!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

The mango pancakes look fabulous! Excellent photography too.

tigerfish said...

You are a star! The mango pancakes look very professionally done.

Christine@Christine's Recipes said...

Your mango pancakes look even better than those in yumcha restaurants. Love mangoes and will make more desserts with them in the coming summer.

Vivienne said...

Wow - this looks exactly like the ones at yum-cha and so amazing for your first effort! i cant wait for a summer full of mangoes!

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

They look delicious! I love the yellow colour :-)

A Canadian Foodie said...

Thanks, Von! I subscribed, so we'' see if it works. You will know if you find me back here, regularly. (I have subscribe by e-mail, too)
Love the unexpected colour on these crepes to make the mango taste more - well, mangoey...
Ingenious!
And the cake to your English teacher? Well, that will be the only one ever that she gets! I have got a lot of loving little cards and treats over the years (I teach English, too) but never a cake like that. There is a whole lotta love baked into it, for sure!
Lucky BOTH of you!
:)
Valerie

panda said...

your pancakes look so nice and thin! i've tried making these before but ended up having rather thick and chewy pancakes, will give this recipe a go and hopefully they turn out!

Wendy @ Obesebaby said...

oh yay finally find recipe for this yum cha mango crepe thanks

Martyna@WholesomeCook said...

HA! I was going to try and make up the recipe for these lovely little beauties but instead I was sent yours... YUUUMM!!!

Mel said...

I tried this tonight for dinner... Mango's aren't in season, so I used tinned ones - it turned out FANTASTIC!! My 6 year old told me they were better than the restaurant ones. I have to thank you SO much for sharing with us!! :)

Paul of Brisbane said...

These pancakes are absolutely delicious especially at King of Kings Chinese restaurant at Fortitude Valley Brisbane.

Nadia said...

Awesome recipe I must say. There are not much mango pancake style recipes on the internet and yours was fabulous. I made something different for breakfast too - here is my mango pancake recipe :) http://www.cukzy.com/mango-pancakes/

Anonymous said...

I used this recipe and they came out amazing! However I added a touch of vanilla essence in the mix. Thanks so much!

Angeli Yuson said...

These mango pancakes look amazing! I love the ones you get from Yum Cha so i am so glad to have found this recipe!

Anonymous said...

Wow these are amazing. After moving to the UK I dream about Yum Cha mango pancakes. I just followed your recepie and made a batch of ten for Shrove Tuesday. They are amazing. Thank you so much for bringing these back into my world :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow these are amazing. After moving to the UK I dream about Yum Cha mango pancakes. I just followed your recepie and made a batch of ten for Shrove Tuesday. They are amazing. Thank you so much for bringing these back into my world :-)

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