Back then, I would always wait in anticipation for Monday evenings to come around. Those are the days the night market in my housing area is held. Practically everything is sold there, from food, clothing, shoes, vegetables, fruits, bedsheets to household items. The list goes on. You can browse to your heart’s desire.
For me, I would head straight to the stall selling “Apam Balik” (literally means overturned pancake) as it is my favourite especially when it is freshly made. I would watched in awe at the lady making these pancakes as she deftly whipped up one after another without much effort. Watching her in action seemed even thrilling back then.
There are actually two versions of the apam balik: One has a thin and crispy crust while the other is slightly thicker in texture although the filling for both types remain the same. I prefer the latter as I find it more palatable with the tinge of saltiness from the butter, the crunchiness of the peanuts, the sweetness of the cream corn and sugar in every bite. It is especially good when eaten while it is still warm, fresh from the pan.
Apam Balik is also known as: Soft Pancake with Cream Corn and PeanutsBan Jian KuihMin Jian Kuih曼煎糕
Mix milk, oil and egg together. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture. Stir well until all ingredients are combined.
Ladle batter into pan and spread it out. Cover the pan for 30-60 seconds until small air bubbles appear.
Add butter, cream corn, crushed peanuts and sugar onto the pancake. Fold the pancake into half once the bottom surface is browned.
Cut into wedges and best eaten when it is warm.