Normally, when we hear the word ‘pancake’, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the round, thin & fluffy cake that we eat with syrup and/or butter like the hotcakes from Mac N Dees. While Pancake King does breakfast and dessert pancakes (with bananas & caramel sauce, sausage & eggs or chicken nuggets & eggs), what they actually specialise in are mee chiam kueh and pancake rolls wrapped with cheese, kaya or peanut butter. Besides that, they also serve up an array of other local delights like fried yam cake, peanut fritters, spring roll, etc as well as an assortment of cakes, pies and pastries.
Although this Pancake King outlet is a franchise under the Mad Jack Group (there are about 20 outlets islandwide – click here for locations), everything on display is actually freshly made on the spot by several middle-aged ladies. Whenever I go to the Ang Mo Kio Library, I would pass by this snack stall in a coffee shop and would always get a whiff of fresh bakes that’s just so appealing. Nothing beats a pie or tart fresh from the oven!
I had tried their pancakes before but I didn’t think they were that remarkable. However, there are 3 other items that I’d like to recommend – something I’d always order whenever I need a light bite from here.
The Egg Tart ($1.50) was one of the best I’ve had in Singapore (might even be on par with Tong Heng’s).
The crust was crispy and crumbly like a biscuit and while the egg custard was denser and firmer than most, it was smooth and filled with egg fragrance without being too sweet. The egg tarts are so popular that they have a rather quick turnover time so fresh batches of tarts are always being made. In the last couple of occasions I’d been here, I always managed to get warm if not steaming tarts. Yum.
The Chicken Ham & Mushroom Quiche ($2.50) was another delightful treat because the custard and crust were the same as that of the egg tart except that this was more savoury-tasting with a good crunch from the diced onions and a good bite from the chopped ham and mushrooms too.
The Chocolate Delight ($3.20) was everything a good homemade chocolate cake should be.
The chocolate ganache was rich, thick and delicious. The cake itself was quite light and moist. It wasn’t heavily buttered so it didn’t taste that greasy or oily. It might seem expensive for a plain looking chocolate cake like this but the portion size and the richness of the chocolate well justify the price tag.
Sometimes, the simple pleasures in life could be just simple treats like these. This is an ideal spot when you crave for home-baked flavours but don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own. And there’ll definitely be something for both the young and old. Tea break time! 😉
Blk 727 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
Opening hours: 7.00am to 9.00pm daily