Monday, April 20, 2009

Meat and Mushroom Pancake

Every time when I ran out of ideas on what to cook for dinner, I will make this pancake. Nobody will complain about having this as one of the dishes for dinner. In the past, I'll be hesitant to make this often as this requires shallow frying so it's not so healthy to eat it often. With an oven, it different. I use very little or no oil. But honestly, cooking this using the shallow frying way tasted better as it's moist. Baking it makes it dry but crispy on the the outside. So you decide which way you like it. :) Ingredients:
  • 150g Minced Meat (I use pork)
  • 100g Fish Paste
  • 3 Fresh Shitake Mushroom, diced
  • 3 Water Chestnut, washed, skinned and diced
  • 2 Shallot, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 1 piece Dried Beancurd Skin (腐皮)
How to do it:
  1. Mix all ingredients except beancurd skin well.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Carefully rinse the beancurd skin in water taking care not to tear it.
  4. Squeeze out exceed water gently.
  5. Lay the beancurd skin flat.
  6. Spread the meat paste about 0.5cm thick on half of the beancurd skin.
  7. Fold the 3 sides of the beancurd skin over the meat paste.
  8. Fold in the the other half of the beancurd skin over the meat paste to cover it.
  9. Place on a baking tray to bake in a preheated oven at 200c for 8 minutes.
  10. Turn over and continue to bake for another 8 minutes.
  11. Remove and cut into smaller pieces to serve.
  • I rinse the beancurd skin so it's not salty. You can also use a damp cloth to clean it but do not add any more salt to the meat paste if you are doing this.
  • I'm using a non-stick baking tray to bake. If you do not have one, you might want to sparing spread some oil on the tray to prevent sticking.
  • If you are using shallow frying method, heat your pan with 1/2 tablespoon oil to fry it. Turn over to continue frying when it turn golden brown.
  • You might want to consider making the pancake smaller to fit your pan.


  1. Oh.. this sounds really good!

    Do you think it might work if i substitute fish paste with a mixture of tofu and starch? I don't think I can get fish paste.

  2. The dish looks absolutely beautiful, only worry is I don't think I can get fish paste :(

  3. Mae, You can but it will be less 'chewy' as the tofu is very soft. Try prawns. See my reply to Christelle below. :)

    Thanks. Try using prawns. It's really good but so much more expensive and more work. Get about 200g of small prawns. Shell and devien them. Wash, clean and chop them up or you can use a blender to do it. You don't have to make them to be very paste-like. Having little bits of prawn meat is good too for texture. :)