Malaysia Street Food ~ Turnover Pancake (Apam Balik) ~ 慢煎餅 (vegan, gluten-free friendly)

Malaysia Street Food ~ Turnover Pancake  (Apam Balik) ~ 慢煎餅

Apam Balik‘ is the Malay name. Its special character is like a type of griddle cake, deep and thick pancake. The texture of Apam Balik is akin to a crispier form of English crumpets. And topped with butter, ground roasted peanut, sugar and toasted sesame seeds. It is then folded into a half-moon shape and cut into wedges before serving. Translated, ‘Apam Balik’ means ‘Folded Pancake’. Available everywhere in Malaysia, it is a most popular snack among the local. It is sold at their night market and other hawker food outlets. Other than the original peanut flavour, also as fresh berries with chocolate or ice-cream are fast catching on, especially among the young.

According to my weak memory, I think I had it before during my childhood. The filling was the ground roasted peanut, sugar only.

Despite it, I still miss the taste of my childhood.

Thanks to all my Facebook fans, they share this fantastic recipe with me, and I collect them and test out for this precious one. I love it and wish you’ll like it as me. 🙂

Malaysia Turnover Pancake  (Apam Balik) ~ 慢煎餅

Ingredient:      vegan or  GF friendly


  • 1 1/4 cup Plain flour, (or use gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Instant Yeast  (1 tsp Active dried yeast)
  • 1 Large egg  (for vegan: 1tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water, or 1 1/2tsp egg replacer + 3 tbsp water)
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Oil or melted Butter
  • 1 cup of Water    (add 1/4 cup of water for vegan recipe)

Filling ideas: 

  1. A mixture of crushed and roasted peanut, sugar, toasted sesame seeds, or
  2. Cooked red bean with sugar, or
  3. Fresh berries with cream, or
  4. Crunchy peanut butter with condensed milk. or
  5. Chocolate sauce with nuts, or
  6. Banana and Nutella spread, or
  7. Maple syrup, or
  8. Ice cream with fruit coulis

*** Choose anyone from above


  1. Mix part of the water with active dried yeast if you use it. Set aside for 5 minutes until it gets foamy.
  2. Sieve all the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the egg and water.  Whisk thoughtfully until smooth without any lumps.
  4. Cover with a piece of cling film and leave for 6 hours. Or leave in the fridge for overnight.
  5. Lightly grease a frying pan with the lowest heat.
  6. Pour a certain amount of the batter in the frying pan (I pour 2 small ladles), swirl around evenly. Make the middle of the pancake a bit thicker than the edge. That’s the main character of this pancake. Cover with a lid. Let it cook for around 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Keep an eye on it carefully, it will get burn quickly if you make a thin pancake.
  8. When you see the pancake appears with lots of bubble like the English crumpets. The colour change to transparent like.
  9. Spread the mixture of ground peanuts with sugar on half of the pancake.
  10. Use a fork to fold the pancake in half moon shape.
  11. Serve warm with maple syrup. Mmm yum yum! 🙂


  • You can create your own batter by adding some pandan extract or juice.



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