The traditional peanut pancake is a popular breakfast staple as well as an all-day snack option you can find all around Singapore, from shoppings malls to food centres and pasar malam night markets. Think of it a huge “open-faced” griddle pancake sprinkled with a crunchy but fine mixture of roasted crushed peanut and coarse sugar, before being folded into half and cut into handheld pieces of sweet “pancake sandwiches”. Apart from the crushed peanut with sugar filling that’s commonly found between the soft, spongy chewy pancake with a delightful crisp surface, other variety include red bean paste, grated coconut, peanut butter, chocolate, creamed corn and even cheese.

Know as “mee chiang keuh” in Hokkien as well as various local dialect reference such as ban chiang kueh, mian jian gao, tai kau meen, apam balik, to name a few, the focus of this list is on the affordable traditional peanut pancake.

Check out these top 5 places for traditional peanut pancakes as well as 3 places for unique peanut pancakes in Singapore, in no particular order, and where you can find them!

 

Frankie’s Peanut Pancake, Telok Ayer
From this hole-in-the-wall pancake joint in CBD located in a coffee shop at the junction of Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street is Frankie’s bang-for-your-buck $1 peanut pancake. Frankie is especially known for the generous amount of crunchy roasted peanut crumble and sugar mix with sweet red bean paste, stuffed in between the soft and fluffy, but chewy pancake that comes really fresh and warm if you’re there at the right time when the new batch is done!

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Frankie’s Peanut Pancake is located at 121 Telok Ayer Street, 121 Eating House, Singapore 068590, p. +65 9849 9056. Open 8am – 4pm (Mon to Fri); closed on Sat & Sun.

 

Tanglin Halt Original Peanut Pancake, Commonwealth
Famed for their old-school peanut pancake ($0.80) that comes with chock full of crunchy, house-roasted crushed peanuts and sugar spilling out from the thick, springy, and chewier-than-usual, yeast-raised pancake dough. We reckon that it’s so good that you will want to fold the packaging paper into half in order to slide the remaining peanut filling right into your mouth! Operated by a friendly husband-and-wife team, Tanglin Halt Original Peanut Pancake (東陵福傳統正宗麺煎糕) also offers the Japanese-style round pancakes (imagawayaki) with a variety of flavours, notably the yam as well as black sesame. Just be prepared to wait in line.

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Tanglin Halt Original Peanut Pancake is located at 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Stall 16 Tanglin Halt Market, Singapore 148813, p. +65 9712 3653. Open 5am – 11am (Tue to Sun), closed on Mon & Fri.

 

Yean Heng Pancake, Farrer Park
The range of pancakes that comes in an assortment of fillings like red bean paste, lotus paste and coconut at Yean Heng usually sells out shortly after noon, especially on weekends. The traditional pancake ($0.60), probably the most affordable in this list, has a soft, spongy, almost mochi-like interior with a crisp exterior, best paired with Yean Heng’s fragrant layer of freshly ground peanut and sugar filling. Try substituting peanut with crunchy sweet-and-salty grated coconut filling for a change as we think they go surprisingly well. The next most popular item at Yean Heng is the crepe-like crispy pancake ($0.70) that’s that we recommend you to consume when it’s hot, with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Yean Heang Pancake is located at 41A Cambridge Road, #01-32 Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, Singapore 211041. Open 6am – 1:30pm (Tue to Sun); closed on Mon.

 

Belinda’s Traditional Pancake, Ang Mo Kio
Another popular spot for good handmade traditional peanut pancakes, but Belinda is probably more well-known for their crepe-like crispy cone pancake. For $1, the crispy pancake is freshly made a la minute, filled with generous amount of fragrant finely-crushed roasted peanut and sugar mix, before being folded into a cone, somewhat resembling a dainty Japanese-style crepe. With a variety of fillings that includes chocolate, red bean, cheese and freshly grated coconut (which is also used in their putu mayam), the best thing remains the wafer-thin pancake that stays delightfully crispy.

Belinda’s Traditional Pancake is located at 341 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, #01-27 Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre, Singapore 564341, p. +65 9684 6155. Open 6:30am – 1:30pm (Tue to Fri); 6:30am – 2pm (Sat & Sun); closed on Mon & Thu.

 

Granny’s Pancake
For reliably good traditional peanut pancake that you can find across various food centres around Singapore, the Granny’s Pancake hawker chain got you covered. Known for the copious amount of peanut mix that features a crunchier bite, Granny’s pancake is consistently fluffy and springy down to a science. Check out the version that comes with gooey peanut butter!

Granny’s Pancake can be found at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market & Food Centre, Amoy Street Food Centre.

 

3 Unique Peanut Pancakes to check out:

The Pantree, Lavender
Served hot off the griddle (and best consumed that way), Pantree’s signature handmade pancakes occupies the middle-ground between thick traditional pancakes and the crepe-like pancakes, such that you get an optimal amount of crispy crust and chewy pancake with every bite. Other than peanut ($1.80), the pancake filling options consist of classic, sweet and savoury, ranging from flavours such as nutella, sweet cream corn, and kaya, to chicken floss & egg, luncheon meat & cheese as well as ham, cheese & egg. Two of these pancake and one of their espresso-based coffee makes a good lunch alternative.

Pantree is located at 114 Lavender Street, #01-19 CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729, p. +65 9003 8703. Open 8:30am – 5pm (Mon to Fri); closed on Sat & Sun. See their Facebook page here.

 

Pancake Boss, Bugis
For authentic Indonesian-style thick pancakes, also know as “martabak”, check out Pancake Boss cafe, tucked in upper level of Bugis Cube. This popular Indonesian street snack comes with an extensive combination of rich fillings between the soft, moist and chewy inch-thick pancake made with plenty of Dutch butter. Think of it as a more decadent version of the traditional peanut pancake that’s sold as a whole 20cm long pancake. The selections available include the crowd-favourite Boss Combo ($9.90) of crushed peanut, cheese & choco rice, or the fusion green tea flavoured pancake base Green Joker ($14.80) martabak with matcha Kit Kat & martabak cheese, while other types of fillings used at Pancake Boss are Oreo cookies, Nutella spread, and even lemon cream cheese to name a few. But since this is about peanut pancake, try the traditional Nutty ($7) for the sake of comparison, that is if you can resist everything that they offer.

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Pancake Boss Martabak Manis is located at 470 North Bridge Road, #04-15 Bugis Cube Mall, Singapore 188735, p. +65 9066 2912. Open 12pm – 8pm (Tue to Sun); closed on Mon. See their Facebook page here.

 

Ah Long Pancake, 6 locations.
Last but not least on this list is Ah Long’s signature pizza-like savoury pancake that features an entire egg cooked with a variety of Muslim-friendly toppings. Every pancake is made fresh upon order and topped with a beaten egg covered with conventional ingredients such as peanut and corn, to unique ones such as tuna, sambal chilli, and even cai po (diced preserved radish) with carrot, as well as chicken patty with cheese. But Ah Long made it to the list because they also offer egg-less crispy pancake with crushed peanut along side an assortment of familiar fillings like grated coconut and red bean. With six outlets around Singapore, Ah Long gets points for serving accessible freshly made pancakes.

Ah Long Pancake (亞龍面煎粿) can be found at #01-26A Sultan Plaza, #01-02 Blk 823A Tampines St 81, #01-170 Boon Lay Shopping Centre, #01-733 Blk 407 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-322 Blk 155 Bukit Batok St 11, S11 Taman Jurong 101 Yung Sheng Road, p. +65 9755 1486. See their Facebook page here.

 

We hope you like this list of peanut pancakes and other variations in Singapore. Which one is your favourite? Did we miss out any of your go-to spots? Please share them with us in the comments below!







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