In Indonesia we call them ‘panekuk’. In America they call them ‘pancakes’, of course. In other languages? The methods in different countries? Its history might be as overwhelming as an encyclopaedia is needed to cover up all the varieties, originating merely from one, pancakes! Here are a few, tiny little facts about pancake:
1. Aebleskiver, as written in Danish, which means ‘apple slice’. The unique thing about it is it is a popover-shaped pancake. (Popover is a light, hollow roll bread). They are usually cooked with slices of apple.
2. Blintz, as named by European Jews who immigrated to United States in the 20th century. In short, this might be another term of ‘martabak’ for them. It may be mixed with butter, sour cream, jam, honey, or caviar. The filings may vary uniquely, ranging from cheese, cooked meat, chopped mushrooms, onions, cabbages, or bean sprouts.
3. Jeon, as named by Koreans. Actually it might resemble more like a scrambled egg than a pancake. Here, you must not mix it with sweets or fruits either. People usually fill it with green onions or vegetables. Sometimes, on some ceremonial occasions, they might use beef liver, called Gannap, to make Jeon.
4. Martabak, as named by Indonesians, Malaysians, and Singaporeans. According to history, martabak was introduced by Delhi Sultanate to Southeast Asia in between 13th or 14th century. As we know, there are two types of martabak: one filled with sweets, for instance, chocolate, while the latter is usually filled with chicken, lamb, or beef curry. What a yum! For Medanese, the most popular ‘martabak’ spot can be traced along Kampung Keleng, very near to Sun Plaza.
5. Okonomiyaki, as named by Japanese. Derived from the word ‘okonomi’, which means ‘what you like’. In some areas, there are some grill-it-yourself restaurants in which the restaurants have prepared us multiple dishes to cook, and the rest of the process depends on what we are going to do with them (just imagine Seoul Garden!). The batter (liquid required to form the pancake) may vary and comprise of multiple kinds of ingredients, which are ranging from vegetables, shrimp, squid, octopus, or cheese. For any additional sauces, options may include Japanese mayonnaise or ginger.
6. Khanom bueang, as named by Thais. It might be filled with shredded coconuts, or fried eggs, or scallions.
7. Banh xeo, as named by Vietnamese. Nearly resembling khanom bueang, it is filled with fatty pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, and fried.
8. Tlacoyo, as named by Mexicans. They are masa (special kind of doughnut) which are fried or toasted, and are usually served with chicharron (stewed pork).