Apom Balik/ Malaysian Pancake

April 17, 2010

Apom Balik is a type of pancake... sprinkled with grounded peanuts, creamed sweetcorn and sugar... cooked on a griddle then folded in half. There are 2 types of Apom Balik ~ thick and 'meaty'  or thin and crispy. I prefer the later...

Apom Balik used to be one of the must have's Sunday breakfast... when we were living in Kuala Lumpur.

Kids have been craving for Malaysian food  and had been asking for Apom Balik (and many other food request too!!). I made Apom Balik once (about 4 years ago)... before my blog was born ... using a small non-stick frying pan. It tasted OK but couldn't perfected it to the vendor's 'thin and crispy' Apom Balik. So on my visit to my hometown... last April, I bought an Apom Balik mould (pic above)... made of brass(tembaga)...it's quite heavy and suppose to maintain and distribute the heat evenly.  

This basic recipe is ransacked from my sister's collection of recipes ...  We tried out this recipe at her place and it turned out good... So I recreate using the same recipe with the omission of banana essence as I prefer not to use it.... and voila..I managed to have a nice Apom Balik.. I still need practice to achieve that crispiness...Kids will be grinning from ear to ear if they read this... more Apom Balik ...yay  :)

  • 500g of plain flour
  • 250 ml or 1 cup of sugar
  • 750-800 ml water
  • 1 tablespoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 teaspoon salt
Mix everything into a smooth batter.

  • Creamed corn
  • roasted peanuts - roughly grounded
  • sugar
Heat up the 'Apom Balik' mould. Grease with 1 teaspoon of margarine, pour batter onto the mould. How much batter? Depending on how thick or thin... one prefer. Leave to 'bubble'... then sprinkle with grounded peanuts and sugar, then drop dollops of creamed corn. Once the edges and the bottom has turn golden brown, fold the Apom Balik into half....Serve...


  1. These pancakes look so nice...and such a nice idea to fill them with creamed corns and peanuts. Must taste heavenly with all these great ingredients together.

  2. I also want some!!! I havent had it for ages!

  3. I wish I had this for breakfast too!

  4. Angie,
    Thanks..:).. yum

    I want the crispy..crunchy ones too...

    same here... wouldn't it be nice if we can have the Apom Balik seller here..wishful thinking... :(..

  5. I really like your apam balik. They look so light and crispy. I tried looking for this mould when I went home the other day but can't find any. Hopefully I am able to find it the next time.

  6. ICook4Fun,
    Thanks.. :)
    Not too sure where to get it in KL, I found mine in Alor Setar...

  7. apam balik, cucoq badak
    habeh terbalik, tinggai seghedak..

    pernah dengaq dak masa zaman u tecik2 dolu?

    *I baca n3 ni dah brp hari dah, tp baru nak mengomen.. sj nak beralah dgn org lain.. hehehe..

  8. kak ja,
    Awat dak...mak i selalu dok lullaby us dgn lagu tu... lagu oghang Kedah...