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Sweet coconut small Asian pancakes (and vegan too!)

Asian small pancakes |

Asian theme

Cooking together is really always more fun than cooking alone. So I cook with friends on a regular basis; sometimes with Charlotte, something in the cooking club and sometimes – like last week – with Esmee.

We’re usually so busy with catching up and talking and chatting and laughing that we forget to cook… Or end up not having enough time to do what we planned to do, but this time we were prepared..well sort of…

Our initial plan was to do Mexican food but while studying the Mexican kitchen both Es and myself realised that maybe that was not the most exciting kitchen to cook from. Don’t get me wrong; I love Mexican and I could eat it any day but it was a bit tortilla, taco, burrito etc overdose in the cookbooks we were going through.

Sweet asian small pancakes with rice and coconut |

Asian pancakes

So out went the Mexican idea and in came the Asian kitchen. If you think about it we cook a lot of Asian. Almost every single time really, but it is such a versatile kitchen so I can never get enough of Asian food.

This time the book of Luke Nguyen was the inspiration for our cooking session. If you’re watching masterchef Australia you might have seen Luke in one or two episodes. His book ‘Greater Mekong’ is beautiful although not all of the dishes are very practical to make at home. Ingredients that you will not be able to find anywhere in Europe! But there are plenty of dishes that are doable and the fun part is that the book is divided by country and that most of the countries we have actually been too. So not only are the dishes delicious but they also bring back fond memories of travels to that region.

Asian small pancakes with rice and coconut |

This simple recipe with sweet coconut asian pancakes was a hit with both Esmee and myself. They are completely different in taste to normal pancakes but not any less delicious. Best served straight out of the pan. The outside is nice and crispy and the inside is soft and goey.
We made them into a Danish aebleskiver pan. This is a little bigger than a regular Dutch pancake pan, but any pan will be good. You can also bake crepes from them if you would like or find it easier.

The recipe is quite a lot to make but trust me… you’ll be happy you made so many! Looking for a recipe for regular small pancakes then check this one with a recipe for Aebleskiver.

4 from 2 votes
coconut rice pancakes |
Sweet coconut small Asian pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Luke Nguyen
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 375 gr rice flour
  • 125 gr sugar
  • oil for baking
  1. Put the coconut milk, riceflour and sugar into a mixing bowl, Add a pinch of salt and 500 ml of water and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  2. Heat the Dutch pancake pan on medium heat, brush each hole well with butter or oil.
  3. Make sure the pan is hot before adding the batter in, otherwise they will stick to the pan. Leave them to bake for about 4-5 minutes until golden and then flip over.
  4. They should be crispy on the outside and sticky on the inside.
  5. Continue until all batter is finished
  6. Serve hot
Recipe Notes

Recipe from Luke Nguyen, Greater Mekong

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  1. These do look amazing Simone!! I wonder if they would work as a sugar free version? I might have to try it and see how they turn out.

    • They might work sugarfree. I am not sure how they would react to baking though. Due to the sugar the outside caramelizes while you bake them in the pan giving it a lovely crispy outside. Leaving out the sugar and replacing it with something else will make the texture different I would think

  2. In Indonesia it called “surabi”…. it’s traditional food from java.
    Which famous surabi is “surabi notosuman” from Solo, Central Java.


  3. loving the look of these pancakes, they are so cute! love how the recipe is only four ingredients as well.. definitely going to try it!

  4. Such beautiful little pancakes, and the ingredients so stunningly simple, I never would have believed it if not for your recipe! I’ve never seen anything quite like them before.

  5. This is a great recipe. I had tried another one and they pancakes were flat and chewy. This one was easier and the pancakes came out fluffy and very good. I used 3tsp of baking powder that some of the other reviewers said were in the original recipe to make the pancakes fluffier (I prefer the fluffy pancakes) and I also let the batter sit for 15-20 mins per other reviews. I used almond milk because that’s all I had and it worked fine. I also added vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg for added flavor. They were a hit with everyone. The batter was thicker than normal pancake batter but I found that it helps make the pancakes fluffier too. I made a few and then added some milk to thin the batter and the ones I thinned weren’t as fluffy as the first few. This recipe is going in my permanent recipe file. 

  6. Hi, i wonder… Can i bake it? in a muffin tin??? And how many pancakea comes out from this batter? And is it fluffier with adding baking powder?? I love fluffy… And you said to add 500 ml water, it not on the ingredients list… I add coconut milk+ watter??? Thanks, yaeli.

    • He Yaeli,
      I Don’t think it will work very well in a muffin tin, unless you use just very small portions but my guess is that it won’t be crispy and delicious. It will be fluffier if you add some baking powder. And yes you add water too. I know it is not in the ingredient list as I figured everyone has water in house.. 🙂 So yes coconut milk and water

  7. Can i substitute self raising flour for the rice flour?

  8. M trying to figure out in terms of cup measurement: about 2 cups of rice flour , mixed with l litre or 4 cups of coconut milk n water. Maybe I will try this recipe using pandan juice .And maybe add in 1 egg?
    What’s your response please.?
    Thank you.

  9. 5 stars
    hello. this looks interesting! I am only twelve and I am gonna try this! but can you do this on a normal frying pan?

  10. What coconut milk are you using 
    Brand ? 
    Can you specify ingredient brands

  11. Just made them. Had to guess on oven temp. Delicious. I will try baking powder next time. I only had a mini muffins pan. I will be getting the cast iron pancake pan.

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