Aki Pancake @ Super Tanker, PenangSeptember 25, 2009 | 9,579 views
You know, sometimes the simplest thing in life turns out to be a gem, something that you would remember all your life and cherish whenever that small mark/gesture of rendezvous sweeps upon you after a long, long hiatus.
Deft hands at work, tattoo-ed and all. And people won’t mind bracing the long wait standing around, admiring his work of art.
My love for food, the perpetual food-hunting excursions and my knack for robust-flavoured, spicy yet immensely satisfying foods probably stemmed from my childhood days. But more prominent was the 4 years I spent in the Pearl of the Orient, Penang island of Malaysia, whereby I developed a very strong affinity to delicious food, and gradually recognizing the myriad of flavours and sharpening my senses to all things gluttony.
The almost blindingly confusing list, with endless combinations equivalent to the dastardly subject of possibilities in the Maths syllabus way back then
Aki Pancake is one such gem. A stall so fuss-free, it was handled by a single man, the proprietor himself. Selling pancakes, Chinese style (ban chang kueh, or apom pancake, or even dai kau min) the difference between Aki and the countless other stalls selling the pancakes lies in the ingredients sandwiched between the hot, chewy dough. Look at the picture above depicting the countless combinations of fillings, and you’ll get the drift.
When I was in my first year in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Aki Pancake was operating from a shop somewhere near to Bukit Jambul Complex. (Do correct me if I’m wrong, for it had been aeons ago) Subsequently, Aki Pancake moved to a stall in Super Tanker food court at Taman Lip Sin of Bayan Lepas, Penang. And as they say, there’s no looking back thenafter.
The incomparable Tuna with Cheese (RM4.10) is my personal favourite, consisting of tuna chunks mashed with melted cheese and chopped onions, punctuated with sufficient mayo sauce to keep the fillings moist, and tangy. The peanut butter + corn version (RM2.10) was equally good as well.
Some may wonder, can the awkward combination of fillings get along? To answer that question, yes. And oh so well. The tuna with cheese and onions for example, sandwiched between the chewy yet soft dough still worked for me, after all these years. Though Aki is not selling the Tom Yam varieties anymore, for some reason undisclosed. The Hawaiian chicken warrants a try, and the deadly combo of ham, sausage and cheese would be appealing to the most carnivorous species out there. Probably he should start on a combination with BACONS. Then we’ll see the pancakes flying off the shelves. Or stoves. Or whatever.
So, where’s your favourite Chinese pancake stall?
Aki Pancake@ Super Tanker Food Centre
Taman Lip Sin,
11900 Bayan Lepas, P. Pinang, Malaysia.
Tel No : 6012-482 1077