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Here Are The Japanese Souffle Pancake Spots Worth Getting Out Of Bed For

These jiggly confections are soft as a cloud, and have gotten foodies so obsessed that they are willing to wait in line just for a chance to get a shot for the ‘gram. Scroll on for a round up of where to get the softest, fluffiest Japanese souffle pancakes in Singapore.

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Japanese souffles are fast becoming the next biggest food trend, judging by how many photos are tagged #soufflepancake as well as the increasing number of cafes offering this dessert. The Japanese souffle, which is a much thicker version of a typical pancake, is airy, light and silken smooth, thanks to the egg whites that are whipped into a meringue.

There’s also the photogenic factor —  the thick pillowy stacks that are often drowned with decadent toppings such as matcha syrup, ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream. That, coupled with the fact that they have a cute ‘wobble’ also makes them perfect for that boomerang shot.

Here are eight places in Singapore to get your fill of these fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes.

 

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November 2019
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Antoinette
Named after the last queen of France, Antoinette, who was revered for her exquisite taste and indulgence in pastries, the bakery boasts a wide selection of elegantly crafted Parisian desserts and bistro classics. One of its latest additions on the menu includes a collection of souffle pancakes that are light, soft and dressed with a variety of goodies.   Created by Chef Pang Kok Keong, there are both sweet and savoury options to choose from. The Tres Berries ($16++) is a simple take on the well-loved delicacy, comprising of fresh strawberries and blueberries and accentuated with an airy vanilla creme Chantilly as well as topped with a sweet honey maple syrup. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, try the bakery’s Ondeh Ondeh ($16++) — the dish incorporates the best of the beloved Singapore kueh with the reliable textures of the melt-in-your-mouth pancakes. Pandan-flavoured custard covers the stacks, which have snowy coconut flakes sprinkled on top. The entire dish is finished off with drizzles of gula Melaka syrup.   You can also get the souffles as a Benedict ($18++), where the pancakes come accompanied by an omelette, slices of serrano ham and a rich dressing of Hollandaise sauce.   Antoinette has several outlets. Visit www.antoinette.com.sg   Miam Miam
Image: Instagram (@miammiam.sg)    Miam Miam prides itself on dishes that marry French artisanal culinary techniques with traditional Japanese cooking arts. Known for its various delicious offerings and atmosphere that pay homage to the traditional Japanese kissaten, or tearoom, one of its highlights is its Japanese souffles. Many flavours are offered here, all equally eye-popping. For the purists, you can’t go wrong with the Original Souffle Pancake ($8.80).   Although it looks deceivingly simple, the insides of the pancake are perfectly crafted, giving you that fluffy soft texture that goes well with the honey maple syrup that tops the dessert. Our favourite however, is the innovative Houjicha Pancake ($13.80), in which the Original pancake comes topped with handmade Houjicha whip (Japanese pot-roasted green tea), soybean mix coated dango balls and Azuki red beans and is also served with brown sugar syrup.   Also on the menu is the Matcha Souffle ($11.80), created with fine grade matcha powder, and the Valrhona Chocolate Souffle ($13.80), which comes with a decadent melted chocolate on top of your souffle. All equally good options for curbing that sweet tooth.   Miam Miam has several outlets. Visit www.miam.sg Gram Cafe and Pancakes
The insta-famous souffles from this Osaka pancake cafe have already garnered a following, as evidenced by the snaking long lines outside its store during peak periods. Brought in by a Singaporean couple and their friend, the eatery opened in June this year.   Try its Premium Pancakes ($17.90) — three cloud-like pancakes are stacked atop each other precariously, topped with a dome-shaped house-made pat of butter and accompanied with a dollop of super smooth whipped cream and maple syrup on the side.   These pancakes are professionally prepared upon order and the place only serves 90 orders each day at specified hours, 11am, 3pm and 6pm, limited to 30 servings per time slot. If the overwhelming demand isn’t enough to convince you to try their souffle pancakes, their butter and sweet maple syrup might. Rumour has it that the original butter that is served with the fluffy home-made pancake syrup melts right in your mouth.   At #02-110 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585.  Hoshino Coffee
Image: Instagram (@hoshinocoffeesg)   While the coffee house might be known for its ‘hand-dripped’ specialty coffee and premium Arabica roasted coffee beans, Hoshino Coffee’s souffle pancakes will not disappoint. Originally from Japan, its freshly baked pancakes are created with their homemade whipped butter and served with your choice of syrup. Its Matcha Pancake comes in single ($13.50) or double ($16.80) sizes, and are topped with creamy matcha ice cream and cream.   On top of original pancake flavours ($9.80 for single and $12.00 for double), Hoshino Coffee also offers seasonal pancake flavours that change every three to four months. Just a quick check on the in-house menu and you can find the pancake flavour of the season. Not enough sweet toppings?  The place also allows you to add homemade whipped butter ($0.60), homemade whipped cream ($0.60) and a choice of Vanilla, Mocha or Matcha ice cream ($1.20) with each pancake order.   Hoshino Coffee has several outlets. Visit www.hoshinocoffee.com.sg SweeT.Rex
Image: Instagram (@sweet.rex)   Opened some time late 2017, SweeT.Rex has won the hearts of many with its selection of desserts, especially its Japanese souffle pancakes. Don’t expect air-conditioned comfort though, if you’re thinking of having a taste. Located at Alexandra Village Food Centre, it’s a small, unassuming hawker stall but totally worth the wait and perspiration. For just $3 for two, SweeT.Rex’s souffle pancakes are made on the spot, topped with caramel and strawberry sauce, or a dusting of icing sugar, and served on a disposable plate.   At #01-79, Alexandra Village Food Centre, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, tel: 8163 7630.  Belle-Ville Pancake Cafe
Image: Instagram (@shun_thesheep)   Another eatery that hails from Osaka, Japan is the popular cafe chain Bell-Ville Pancake Cafe. While it might seem like yet other ordinary Japanese pancake place, its innovative presentation of the conventional souffle is what makes the place so unique. Taking inspiration from the mille-feuille, a French bread that has layers of puff pastry filled with jam and cream stacked onto one another, Belle-Ville Pancake Cafe serves its fluffy and soft pancakes in stacks of two to eight pieces of pancakes. Up for something fruity? Try the grilled apple with homemade caramel pancake that’s served with fruits, fresh cream and topped with homemade caramel sauce. There’s even a choice between pancakes in stacks of four pieces or eight pieces (for if you are hungry for more), at $12.20 and $16.20 respectively. But if you are craving for something on the creamier side, give the Strawberry and Mixed Berry pancake a try. The pancakes are sandwiched with mixed berries and Hokkaido cream in each layer, in stacks of two ($11.90) or four ($14.40). Yes, I repeat, cream and fruits in each layer! Now there’s no need to worry about an uneven cream to pancake ratio am I right?   Belle-Ville Pancake Cafe has several outlets.  Riz Labo Kitchen Singapore
Image: Instagram (@rizlabosg)   It started out as a pop-up store at Wisma Atria, but the demand for Riz Labo Kitchen’s souffle pancakes was so overwhelming that it has now turned its temporary fixture into something permanent. Made with gluten-free Japanese rice flour, Riz Labo’s pancakes are crafted with egg whites and Kagoshima brown sugar, rendering that airy and fluffy texture that is reminiscent of a castella cake. Served in threes, its Original Souffle Pancakes are delicious and comforting, served with a side of ice cream. We especially love the Matcha Souffle pancakes — they are delicately soft, wobbly, dusted with Kyoto matcha powder, topped with cream and adzuki red bean paste and served with maple syrup on the side. A heady sugar rush.   At 4/F Wisma Atria, Japan Food Town, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877, tel: 6262 3425.