Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fluffy pancakes with roasted peanuts & sesame seeds (Ban chang kuih)

1. High tea at The Peninsula. 2. Traditional Yum Cha. 3. National Day Fireworks. 4. View from Revolving restaurant. 5. Sheraton in Shenzhen. 6. View from The Peak. 7. Taking the ferry from Kowloon to HK Island.

You might be thinking, well, that's not many photos, but that, my friends, is all I took on my whirlwind three-day-stay in Hong Kong.
We were so busy cramming as much into a day, at the sacrifice of sleep, that my mind never rested for a minute to remember my camera. Normally, upon returning home and finding very little photographic evidence of my spontaneous sojourn I would be upset, but alas, I am not. The three days I spent there were frenetically paced, but wonderfully so. I felt our schedule meshed with the culture and activities well. There was this one particular moment, when my husband, myself and two friends were standing in a nightclub elevator where it suddenly hit us that we had been awake for a solid 48 hours, needless to say we spent the next five minutes completely freaking out and sputtering out a million 'OMG's' before we decided we should probably have a quick drink at the bar and then head home before we forgot what our own names were. Good times.

Since arriving home I have been re-familiarising myself with the life and routine I left back here, which has taken a little longer than usual as I left my iPhone in Hong Kong. All of a sudden I had to go back to handwriting shopping lists rather than using an App (and yes, I did leave said shopping list at home and was left standing in each aisle at the supermarket trying to use my very dusty memory skills...).
Whilst I am all for using less technology on a daily basis, there were a few times I found myself making unnecessary trips all because I couldn't call my husband to find out where he was and instead had to drive to each location until I found him - he was back at home, the last place I looked, naturally.

Luckily, my phone was found and shipped back and I am no longer getting out of bed at 5am (my phone is also my beside clock). Having had a better chunk of sleep I awoke at a more decent hour to whip up a batch of pancakes, with an Asian twist.

Have any of you been without a piece of technology and found yourself feeling a little lost?

ease: 4.5/5.
prep time: 2hours.
cooking time: 10mins for two large pancakes.
total: 2 hours & 10mins.

taste: 4/5. Tastier than I thought.

I was a little sceptical at the lack of wetness in this dish, but it was not missed. Hubby was extremely happy with his pancake and loved its different texture and combination of flavours. I doubled the but mixture because I am always greedy with toppings - I loved the nuts but it was a little sweet for me sugar-wise. My pancakes didn't look as fluffy as the ones pictured, but I have a feeling that may have had something to do with the freshness of my baking powder.

would I make it again: Yes.

recipe: fluffy pancake with roasted peanuts and sesame seeds


  1. Lovely shots and wonderful speciality! Those pancakes look heavenly.



  2. Sounds like a whirlwind trip indeed! What an experience. Looks like you had some blue sky, which is nice.
    I have found myself embarrassingly attached to my iphone when I kept freaking out when I was without reception for a number of hours. Had to eventually put it far away to stop myself checking whether I had any bars yet!
    Love this latest creation - always good to see a different pancake! Interesting that the wetness was not missed, I would have thought that too from reading the ingredients.
    Heidi xo

  3. Sounds like an amazing trip, albeit a whirlwind one!

    I can't live without my phone. I went one day without it once and felt so completely lost and disconnected from the world.

  4. These look delicious and I'm glad you had such a crazy fun trip!

  5. I think I'm in love. I have a die-hard appreciation of all things peanut, but this past month have been obsessed with sesame seeds. To the recipe with me! :D

  6. ahhh technology, both our friend and enemy in one foul swoop. Sometimes I wish I would lose my phone, but the thought of being without it hurts. Sad addiction.

    Pancakes look great, never thought to sprinkle a few peanuts on top. YUM!


  8. Beautiful photos and beautiful pancakes, missy! Even if it was a whirlwind trip... did your iPhone make it back to you? I totally know what you mean re. technology. Every time I forget my phone at home I feel lost all day and a little panicky. Which is a little sad, but that's life.

    Like the new blog layout, by the way ;)

    Jax x

  9. Thanks! I felt like it needed a bit of a face lift :)