Replace Your Maple Syrup with Soy Sauce
Switch up your late-night IHOP pancake cravings by replacing the standard sweet and fluffy concoction with its savory, crispy Asian counterpart. Like a personalized pizza, the options for additions are endless and the motto is definitely "the more, the merrier". Perfect as a main dish or a shared appetizer, these flat cakes will quickly be devoured within seconds of being placed at the center of the dinner table. So pick upyour pair of chopsticks and get ready to replace your organic maple syrup from Vermont with some classic Kikkoman soy sauce:
Jeon (전) Korea
Kimchi and pancakes? How is that supposed to be a desirable pairing? Next time you're at your favorite Korean restaurant, make sure to place an order of jeon, which refers to many pancake-like dishes in Korean cuisine. From sweet to savory, there are a multitude of variations of this dish but the most popular are pajeon (scallion pancake), kimchi jeon(kimchi) or bindaetteok (mung bean pancake). The dish's many additions, along with its crispy exterior and doughy interior, make it the perfect accompaniment to alcohol late at night or when you're craving the perfect savory nightcap.
Her Name is Han
17 E 31st St
New York, NY 10016
Bing (餅) China
After a crazy night out, you've somehow made it out of bed to get dragged to Chinatown for dim sum brunch on a chilly Sunday morning. To your dismay, no pancakes are to be found, but you've discovered your new go-to hangover cure: bing. Resembling unleavened flatbread in shape, this savory dough-based Chinese dish provides all of the carbs and grease you will need to survive even your worst nightmare of hangovers. The most popular variation is jian bing, which like Western pancakes, are commonly devoured for breakfast. Made from minced green onions, cilantro, and eggs folded into crispy fried dough, this savory pancake will quickly become your new necessity on Sunday mornings.
Shen Jin Eatery 41-40 Main St Flushing, NY 11354
Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) Japan
Okonomiyaki, literally meaning “grilled as you like it”, is the epitome of Japan's recreation of the Western personalized pizza. What goes into the dish and how it is prepared depends largely on the customer's preferences. Common toppings and batters tend to vary depending on the region, but overall, popular additions include shredded cabbage, octopus, cheese, bonito flakes, and pickled ginger. Due to the lack of hard and fast rules regarding fillings and toppings, this Japanese classic gives fried rice a run for its money when it comes to using up scraps from the fridge. Don't be surprised when you're itching to venture to St. Mark's Place for a savory okonomiyaki snack.
220 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003
Bánh Xèo Vietnam
Have you ever wondered how amazing a pancake sandwich would be? Well, the Vietnamese version of a French crêpe, bánh xèo ("sizzling cake"), is the answer to yourpancake prayers. These savory fried flat cakes are made of rice flour and stuffed to the brim with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion, and bean sprouts. Served wrapped in lettuce leaves and dipped in a sweet and sour diluted fish sauce, this dish will give your go-to bowl of beef pho some serious competition.
Nha Trang One
87 Baxter St
New York, NY 10013