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Japanese Souffle Pancakes


I’ve been living in the U.S. for over 15 years now.

I go home to Japan periodically, but not too often, typically once in three years.

So as you can tell, I’m out of their whatever trends they have, in really any areas, like music, fashion, and food…

But since I started Instagram, I feel I’ve had a somewhat better understanding of what kind of things are “in” back home real time.

So when I saw a lot of pictures of thick yet described super light and soft pancakes that look absolutely amazing recently began popping up, I was intrigued.

They say these pancakes “jiggle” when you move the plate. How cool is that?!

I initially put that on my “to-do-list” that I recently started preparing for our next trip to Japan.

Then, this weekend I thought “why not trying to make them myself!”


Well, this was my first trial.

The verdict?



Here is a close-up side view of mine.

They are beautiful pancakes. No doubt about that.

But the problem is they are far from what I hoped to achieve.

Particularly the height and the texture definitely need to be improved.

In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, here are some of the examples of pancakes served by restaurants in Japan that specialize in this type of pancakes.

Photo from A Happy Pancake – The Omotesando

Photo from gram Cafe & Pancakes


The inside view of mine.

I hope you can tell by this picture that these pancakes are super light and soft.

Don’t get me wrong.

These pancakes did not turn out to be exactly what I wanted, but these are delicious, one of the best pancakes I’ve had.

Here is the recipe (in Japanese) I used.

Her pancake picture on the page is promising, so I’m not done yet.

I guarantee you’ll see another Japanese Souffle Pancake post soon!

Wish me luck.


Addendum: Check out our success version.

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One Comment

  1. lori fox wrote:

    I would love to make these once I have a kitchen again! Ours is torn up now because we’re remodeling. Is there a spot on that recipe page to convert Japanese to English?

    Reiko Reply:

    Remodeling the kitchen sounds awesome! I know the process is not fun but creating your own kitchen must be exciting. There is no button on the page to convert the page to English, but Google translator should help. If you have any specific questions about the recipe, let me know.

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