When it comes to pancakes, the answer to the question of whether they are sweet or savory is not so straightforward. On their own, pancakes are usually just a little sweet. However, depending on the region and the ingredients used, pancakes can be either sweet or savory. In this article, we'll explore the different types of pancakes around the world and how they can be both sweet and savory.
In the United States, Mexico and Canada, the franchised restaurant chain International House of Pancakes (IHOP) serves pancakes around the clock. In these countries, pancakes are usually served with syrup and butter, making them a sweet breakfast option. However, some restaurants also offer savory options such as bacon and cheese pancakes.In the Philippines, traditional dessert pancakes include salukara, a rice pancake made with glutinous rice, eggs and coconut milk. Potato pancakes called raggmunk contain grated raw potatoes and may contain other vegetables (sometimes the pancake dough is omitted, which produces rårakor).
Another type of pancake is the ugnspannkaka (oven pancake), which is very thick and looks like German pancakes and is baked in the oven. American-style pancakes are also a common offering in fast food establishments in the Philippines, usually for breakfast, as well as in specialized restaurants such as IHOP and the local restaurant brand Pancake House.In Sweden, pönnukökur are small, thin pancakes that are usually served with jam or syrup. Another special Swedish pancake is the Gotland saffron pancake, made with saffron and rice and baked in the oven.In Germany, pancakes are known as Pfannkuchen (from the German Pfanne and Kuchen meaning bread and cake), except in Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony, where Pfannkuchen are Berlin pastries and pancakes are known as Eierkuchen. A silver dollar pancake refers to a pancake about 5-7 cm (2 to 3 inches) in diameter, or just slightly larger than pre-1979 silver one-dollar coins in the United States.In Eastern Slavic cuisines, there is a long tradition of baking pancakes and include a variety of types of pancakes.In the Philippines, traditional savory pancakes include pudpod (smoked fish flake pancakes) and okoy (a pancake made of battered shrimp, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes).In Iceland, pönnukökur are usually cooked in a special Icelandic pancake pan, which is made to make the pancake as thin as possible, which is traditionally never washed or rinsed, even with water.As an expert in all things related to pancakes, I can confidently say that they can be both sweet and savory depending on where you are.
Whether you're looking for a sweet breakfast treat or a savory dinner option, there's sure to be a type of pancake that fits your needs!.
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