Pancake Day is just round the corner. If you fancy something oriental and love Spam here is one spamalicious recipe to try. Not sure if this recipe was created by my mum or many Chinese do make breakfast pancakes like these, I love them since I was a kid and make them every now and again for Sunday breakfast when I have a hankering for Spam. We called these pancakes 'bok chang' at home, no sure if these two words in Cantonese or Hokkien.
Spam or Chinese Luncheon meat 午餐肉 is very popular among Chinese we normally like to slice the loaf and fry with a bit oil till a bit crunchy on the outside and soft inside and serves with rice or instant noodles with a fried egg. This is an alternative way to use Spam in our family.
Spam Pancakes (serve 4 - 6)
1 (340g) tin of spam, mashed with a potato masher
2 cups of white bread flour or plain flour (with bread flour the pancakes are less likely to break)
4 medium eggs
2 cups of water or milk or 50/50
100g preserved radish or choi bo, chopped (I used mini blender to chop)
1 - 3 red chillies, chopped (if you don't like spicy leave it out)
1 bunch or 1 cup of chopped spring onion
pinch of ground pepper
dash of light soy ( if required, the radish can be salty, taste before adding soy)
about 3 tbsp of cooking oil
extra cooking oil for frying
- Mix everything together, leave to rest for about 20 - 30 minutes for all the flavours to mix.
- Brush the pan with a lick of oil, I used a silicon brush. Make the first pancake, one ladle of mixture per pancake spread with a spatula. Wait till the mixture is dried and the underside is browned, flip over and brown the other side. Then flip/fold the pancake and cut into 2 or 3 pieces with the spatula.
- Continue making the rest of the pancakes without any oil or just a very light lick of oil with a brush. I used a 30cm non stick pan.
- I love to eat them with Sriracha Chili Sauce.