Japanese souffle pancakes may have originated in Japan but these incredibly light and fluffy treats has gained fans all over the world.
Parisians are no different — not when the technique for making soufflés originate from here anyway. So what makes these different? For starters, the batter for Japanese souffle pancakes is made by separating the egg whites from the yolks, and then whisking the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. The egg yolks are then mixed with flour, sugar and milk, then gently folded into the egg whites to create a thick and luscious batter.
This batter is then carefully poured onto a hot griddle or skillet, creating thick and tall pancakes that rise as they cook. The result? A stack of pancakes that are incredibly soft, moist, and jiggly, with a delightful melt-in-your-mouth texture. Japanese souffle pancakes are typically served with a variety of toppings, such as fresh fruits, whipped cream, maple syrup, and sometimes even ice cream, creating a delectable and visually stunning breakfast or dessert option.
But hey, if you ask us, it’s just another way of eating soufflé, but at breakfast. Here’s where to find them in Paris.
If you’re in the 13eme and just had a piping hot bowl of pho of banh mi, head over to Fuwa Fuwa for a jiggly warm and comforting dessert. The eatery draws crowds of curious onlookers watching the pancake makers work by the windows — made to order of course. The renditions with fresh fruit and cream has our vote. 122 avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris. www.fuwafuwapancakes.fr
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Step into the floral tea room of Hanami in the heart of Paris and experience the enchanting atmosphere of Japan. Its souffle pancakes are the perfect blend of French and Japanese know-how, striking a balance between sweetness and lightness with the softness of a cotton cloud. Go for gold and dig in to the fluffy chocolate coulis noisette or dive into the flufy tiramisu which has all the beauty and creaminess of the Italian classic. Down this richness with one of its signature drinks, like the Sakura Litchi or Petale Rose, for a refreshing pick-me-up. 50 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris. www.hanamiteatime.com
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Fluffy Panda, a charming pastry shop nestled in Paris’ vibrant Haut Marais neighborhood. Founded by entrepreneur Diane Vandenbroucke, the space is a cozy haven where you can indulge in six scrumptious carefully crafted versions of these fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes. Expect classics like icing sugar and salted butter caramel, to unique flavors like pandan cream, chocolate, whipped cream, and seasonal fruits. What sets Fluffy Panda apart is its unwavering commitment to using only the freshest and homemade ingredients, ensuring that each pancake is made with love and care. The result? An ethereal, cloud-like texture that will leave you craving for more. 22 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, France