Apam Balik Thin Crepe Version ( Peanut Pancake)


apam balik recipe

Apam Balik or Ban Chien Kuih or Peanut pancake is one of the popular local delicacies in Malaysia. The only Apam Balik version that I like is the thin crepe version, Apam Balik. I wanted to make the thin crepe Apam Balik for the longest time but didn’t find the urge to do until now. I looked high and low for the thin version crepe Apam Balik recipe online but I was too afraid to try out the recipe. I didn’t realize I bought Agnes Chang’s Hawkers’ Delight cookbook which has an Apam Balik recipe in there. The photo she showed looks like a thin crepe version.

So last weekend I tried out the recipe but found the crepe is quite doughy so I altered her recipe by adding a little extra liquid or water. By adding extra liquid the crepe comes out perfect! Viola!! Now I also can make perfectly thin crepe Apam Balik!! Now I don’t need to wait until I can go back to Malaysia to enjoy this delicacy.

apambalike thin crepe version



1 ¼ c. plain or all-purpose flour

2 tsp. rice flour

¼ c. cornflour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda (I added 1 tsp by mistake)

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

6-7 oz water or milk or Santan (coconut milk)  *I added double the portion water or add 2 tbsp at one time for the right thin crepe consistency*

¾ c. castor sugar


½ c. melted butter

⅔ c. castor sugar

1 cup roasted crushed peanut

7-8 tsp cream sweet corn

some young grated coconut*optional*


1: Mix all ingredients (A) into a mixing bowl. Beat well with mixer. Strain the batter before keeping it in the fridge for 3-4 hours before use. (I store overnight)

2: Heat a 7″ or 8″ non-stick pan at low heat. Check the batter, if it’s too thick, add 2 tbsp water at one time. Use a big ladle to scoop the batter into the non-stick pan to form a pancake shape, sprinkle some sugar on the top, and cover with a lid. Cook until lightly golden brown. Sprinkle some crushed peanut, butter, or grated coconut or any filling you prefer, fold crepe into half.

3: Remove crepe from heat and serve it warm.


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