CNET's sister site Chowhound started a new mini-season of Chow-To (all episodes were recorded before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic) with a visit to Tom Yang, co-founder of Insta-famous Japanese ice cream parlor Taiyaki, in NYC & # 39; s Chinatown. The goal: to learn how to make Japanese souffle pancakes, the most airy and dreamy treat Internet has ever made famous. (Dalgona coffee is currently gaining in them, however.)
The origins of these pancakes are a bit muddy, but they turned to minor internet fame in 201
In the beginning, unless you traveled to Japan, you were destined to be green (like the matcha sauce sometimes served on top) with envy, studying the thick piles and video loops of shake pancakes on Instagram feeds.
The pancakes finally landed in NYC last year, courtesy of the guys from Taiyaki, and the craze became real. Two to three-hour lines would form around the block outside of their small counter space on weekend mornings, the only real days of serving the pancakes.
Now that we had to adapt to social distance, our FOMO has also evolved. Rather than longing for the experience of waiting and the resulting reward, documenting it and geocoding it so that others know you had a connection with a group of people in line, we are now facing new challenges. Challenges like making our own fluffy souffle pancakes. The results will vary, but making your own fantasy brunch feels like a swollen sky full of pancakes.
The key to making your own pancakes impossibly light and fluffy is to incorporate soufflé-making elements into the process. So if you've ever made pancakes, just add a few elements and steps to the usual recipe. These steps include folding meringue into your batter, using ring molds (if you don't have them, it's easy to make with baking paper like in the video) and adding some steam while the pancakes are cooking.
When doing this at home, if you don't have an electric griddle or plancha like the one at Taiyaki, use your regular non-stick skillet, add a little water (about half a tablespoon on each side of the ring shape) and prepare it cook under cover.
While we are stuck at home, we need food that is comforting and even special – much more than before. I think the Japanese have always done well with their fun and beautifully interactive dishes and dishes. If you can't meet your friends for brunch, get the Japanese souffle pancake recipe and make them at home – and make them jealous of that "jelly" on your next virtual hang.
When they are done, snap a quick photo to post on Instagram and then enjoy it!
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