Pek Nga may seem like a more rustic version of the usual instagrammable fancy crepes we see online but its wholesome, refreshing flavours definitely prove that looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to food.
Crepes are a well-loved sweet French-style breakfast option that everyone loves. And when I use the word ‘everyone’ I do mean, E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. Other than the fact that it can be either with any type of condiments you want, be it jam, honey, coulis, syrup or on its own, crepes are easy, fast and fun to experiment with. I like to think of it as a way adults retain their child-like innocence, don’t you?
Best of Both Worlds
We are all individuals and we all have our own preferences on how a perfect crepes should be made. Some like it crispy and paper thin. Some like it dense and thick. Now, if you like your pancakes to be packed with flavour and has an incredible texture to sink your teeth in, Pek Nga is one type of crepe that you absolutely must try. The sweetness of the banana, combined with the salty, fresh grated coconut is the morning pick-me-up you need on a Saturday morning. Don’t believe me? Try it out this weekend and see how this simple recipe is going to be an important part of your weekend morning hereafter.
- 6 ripe bananas
- 10 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, mixed with some salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garam
- 3/4 cup wheat flour
- Some water (about 1/4 cup), if needed
- Banana leaves
- 1/4 oil, to be brushed on the banana leaves
- Mash the bananas. Add in the salt and sugar. Mix well.
- Then, add in the flour. Mix well. If the batter consistency is too thick, add 1/4 cup of water, little by little until you reach the desired consistency.
- Using a small ladle, scoop the batter and place it on a piece of banana leaf, brushed with some oil. Spread the batter and sprinkle a tablespoon of shredded coconut on the batter. Make sure the shredded coconut is spread evenly on the batter.
- Heat up a flat pan or a large non-stick pan on medium high heat and place the banana leaf with the batter poured on it. Let the batter cook until one side is cooked and flip to the other side. Flip several times in order to get that beautiful golden brown colour.
- Serve with some shredded coconut.
Like Eating at a Tropical Resort
At stressful times like this, going on a vacation to your favourite tropical resort is a a dream best forgotten. But don’t lose hope! Create the breakfast that you’ll be having by the seaside right in your kitchen. Who says you can’t live the life that you dream of? With this Pek Nga recipe, the fresh flavours will transport you off immediately to a tropical island and that’s just by taking the first bite.
Hope you like this Pek Nga recipe and it gives you as much joy as it gives me. If you are interested for more authentic, Malaysian recipes, follow Butterkicap on their Instagram and Facebook profiles for the latest recipes. As for me, if you love these recipes and you want to know my favourite Malaysian recipes, let Butterkicap know and Aunty Zaa will be back, just for you. Till then, stay safe and happy cooking!