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Here Are 18 Pancake Recipes From All Over The World

You don't need a plane ticket to taste the world.

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1. Japan: Fluffy Pancakes

Order pancakes in Tokyo and you'll probably be greeted with this super fluffy and thick version. Made with buttermilk and meringue, they're almost like a breakfast soufflé. Get the recipe.

2. China: Scallion Pancakes

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You've probably tried these savory pancakes as an appetizer at your favorite Chinese restaurant. But you might be surprised to learn you can make them at home with just four ingredients (plus water and salt). Get the recipe.

3. Germany: Dutch Baby Pancakes

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Despite the name, this deep dish pancake is actually a German invention. Serve them sweet with berries and whipped cream for breakfast or make a savory version—topped with anything from eggs and ham to veggies—for brunch or dinner. Get the recipe.


4. Italy: Farinata

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These Italian chickpea pancakes (also known as cecina) are a typical dish from the Ligurian Coast. It's typically cooked in a wood oven like pizza, but you can easily make it at home in a skillet. Get the recipe.

5. India: Dosas

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A staple of most Indian diets, these thin, crispy pancake-esque bites looks a lot like French crepes, but they're entirely different. Dosas are made with rice and black gram and are usually served with stew or chutney. Get the recipe.

7. China: Jian Bing

Similar to pancakes, jian bing is a popular street food that you'll find around breakfast time in China. They're thin crepe-like creations that are topped with fried egg, scallion, and spices and folded in half. Get the recipe.


9. Poland: Potato Pancakes

Also known as latkes, these fried potato pancakes are a common food in Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe. They're usually accompanied by apple sauce or sour cream for dipping. Get the recipe.

10. France: Crepes

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These super thin pancakes vary depending on where in France you order them, but they're made with either wheat or buckwheat. They can be served with savory or sweet toppings from ham and Gruyère to strawberries and Nutella. Most simply, they're served plain with a drizzle of powdered sugar.


13. Hungary: Palacsinta

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These crepe-like treats are a popular dish around Central and Eastern Europe where you'll often find them garnished with apricot jam, walnuts, or cottage cheese. Get the recipe.

14. Venezuela: Arepas

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Made with masa (corn flour), this staple of Venezuelan and South American cooking is similar to pancakes, but it's used in place of sandwich bread and filled with anything from shredded chicken and cheese to refried beans and roast pork. Get the recipe.

15. Morocco: Beghrir

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Popular in North Africa, these semolina flour pancakes are spongy and delicious. They're only cooked on one side (rather than American pancakes, which are flipped), and as a result they're dotted with tiny air bubbles. Get the recipe.


16. Japan: Okonomiyaki

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This pancake-like recipe called Okonomiyaki translates to "how you like it." It's often referred to as Japanese pizza in the U.S. It's made with eggs, Chinese yam, and shredded cabbage, but you'll find these savory pancakes topped with a variety of vegetables, proteins, and sauces. Get the recipe.

17. South Africa: Pannekoek

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Though they originated in the Netherlands, these crepes are a prevalent breakfast in South Africa. Usually, they are pan fried and topped with lemon juice and sugar making them a unique flavor combination of tangy, savory, and sweet. Get the recipe.