Malaysian Peanut Pancake Turnovers (Apam Balik)

Updated on July 4, 2020
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Every year, I travel back to my beautiful home country of Malaysia to be with my family. I wish to share my experience with readers!

Malaysian Peanut Pancake Turnovers (Apam Balik)
Malaysian Peanut Pancake Turnovers (Apam Balik)

What Is Apam Balik?

Apam balik is a sweet Malaysian pancake turnover stuffed with peanuts, creamy corn, and butter. The name reflects the way the pancake is folded or turned over.

I have fond memories of eating slices of warm apam balik with my siblings. It was our favorite snack that my father would regularly bring home after his return from work. I miss these memories.

Popular Snack in Malaysia

In Malaysia, apam balik is a popular treat that is sold at the night market, or pasar malam. Nowadays, you can find apam balik with a variety of fillings; sometimes, it's hard to decide which one I want to buy! Popular fillings include chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella, jams, banana, red beans, cheese, and much more.

Generally, there are two types of apam balik: thick and thin. The thin type has just a small amount of filling, and it's crispier. In contrast, the thick type has more filling and is moist and fluffy. I prefer the thick type.

Original Apam Balik

Over the weekend, I was craving apam balik. My husband had never tried it before, so I was excited to make it for him to try! I decided to go with the original, authentic filling of peanuts, creamy corn, and butter.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanut
  • 5 tablespoons creamy corn (or more, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and water. Mix with a whisk or hand-mixer until well-combined.
  2. Heat a non-stick medium or small-sized pan. Brush on some oil or butter. Use a paper towel to wipe off the excess.
  3. Spoon the batter and spread into a round circle onto the pan.
  4. Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles.
  5. Sprinkle the crushed peanut, creamy corn, sugar, and butter evenly on the pancake.
  6. Fold the pancake in half like a moon shape with a spatula (see photo below).
  7. Continue cooking the remaining batter until it's all done.
  8. Transfer to a cutting board. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting.
  9. Serve immediately with coffee or tea. Enjoy!

Photo Guide

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, water, and egg. Mix ingredients with a whisk or hand mixer.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, water, and egg. Mix ingredients with a whisk or hand mixer.
Pour the mixture into a prepared pan. Cook like a normal pancake.
Pour the mixture into a prepared pan. Cook like a normal pancake.
Once there are bubbles on top of the pancakes, you can add the filling.
Once there are bubbles on top of the pancakes, you can add the filling.
First, sprinkle the peanuts.
First, sprinkle the peanuts.
Use a spoon to scatter the creamy corn on the pancake.
Use a spoon to scatter the creamy corn on the pancake.
Add the margarine or butter, and sugar.
Add the margarine or butter, and sugar.
Turn or fold the pancake with a wide spatula.
Turn or fold the pancake with a wide spatula.
Let it sit for a few minutes before taking the pancake out from the pan.
Let it sit for a few minutes before taking the pancake out from the pan.
Transfer the pancake to the cutting board, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.
Transfer the pancake to the cutting board, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.
Voila, enjoy this delicious apam balik with your favorite drinks!
Voila, enjoy this delicious apam balik with your favorite drinks!

© 2020 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Really? Interesting to know that. I have to look up for the recipe. Yea, if you visited to Malaysia, you have to try apam balik. Thanks for commenting, Danny. Have a great weekend.

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      Danny 

      4 weeks ago from India

      It looks similar to Indian dosa, but it's thicker in texture. Thanks for writing about it. Will surely try it If I visit Malaysia.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      You're welcome, Peggy. This year, I have to forgo my trip to Malaysia. Therefore, cooking Malaysian food makes me feel better, and I hope to share Malaysian dishes with all my family and friends here.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for introducing me to a Malaysian treat of which I had never even heard the name. It looks easy enough to make. Your photos show the step-by-step process beautifully.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      I'm happy every time I shared recipes here. One of the things I like about sharing the recipes, they remind me of my childhood memories with my mother in the kitchen. I hope to preserve her recipes by cooking and sharing them with people. Yes, Linda, apam balik is a delicious snack! Thanks for your kind comment :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love to see your recipes, not only because they look delicious but also because I've never heard of many of them before. Apam balik sounds and looks very tasty.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Lisha, nice to hear your mom was brought up in Malaysia :) I wonder if she has tried some other dishes that I have cooked and shared the recipes here. Say hi to your mom! I hope she is going to like it! Thanks for commenting :)

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Anupam Mitu, you're welcome. I hope you will try to make this delicious turnover pancake!

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      Lisha C 

      4 weeks ago

      This is certainly new to me. I must ask my mother if she has ever eaten this. (she was brought up in Malaysia) If so, I will try this recipe for her. Thank you for sharing.

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      Anupam Mitu 

      4 weeks ago from MUMBAI

      Delicious! Will try! Thanks for sharing

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      It was delicious, Liz. My husband had it for the first time last weekend, and he loved it. The best part of this pancake, it can be substituted with different filling according to your preference.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Yes, I agree. If you don't prefer the original filling, it can be substituted with different fillings, Sp Greaney. Exactly, it will be a perfect and yummy treat for a family breakfast on the weekend!

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      This sounds good. Your step by step guide looks very professional with a great result at the end.

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      Sp Greaney 

      4 weeks ago from Ireland

      Looks exactly like a giant fluffy pancake. Be a nice as a treat for breakfast at the weekend.

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