Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Yogurt Pancake with ginger syrup

_DSC0787Is it a craze or what? There is wave of pancake lovers in Japan, mostly in the trendy Harajuku area. Can you believe it? In the midst of a mainstreaming ‘gluten free’ movement in the US, Japanese are discovering ‘gluteus’ pancake? People lined up to get in pancake restaurants like Egg’n Things, Café Kailla (both are from Hawaii), Bills (Sidney, Australia) or Sarabeth’s (New York) for hours. Average waiting time is 1 hour and on the weekend?- Brace yourself for 3 to 4 hours! For inflated price of $15 or $20? If you call pancake ‘hotcake’ you know that you’re out of vogue, right?

I like pancakes, yes but…are we in the Magic Kingdom?… is this the line for ‘Star Wars Adventure?’ I sure hate slow eaters.

The pancake I’m introducing is Harumi Kurihara’s yogurt pancake. Light and fluffy, this is a cinch to make, pan- cakewalk recipe and I adore the 5 inch egg pan I used for these hotcakes… oops! It’s hard to stay on the bandwagon.

Ingredients and instructions for ginger syrup

  • Ginger roots about 200g clean and thinly sliced_DSC0406
  • Sugar Sanonto (三温糖) is preferred –500g
  • Water 2 cups
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  1. Bring sugar and water to boil.
  2. Drop in sliced ginger and cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour at low heat._DSC0423
  3. Add cinnamon sticks and simmer for 30 minutes or longer._DSC0425
  4. Cool completely and strain thru fine mesh._DSC0427 
  5. Pour into a clean glass bottle. Keep in the refrigerator. Also nice; Dilute with water or club soda to make a drink.

Ingredients and instructions for 10 5-inch diameter pancakes

  • Plain yogurt 1 cup. Place paper towel on sieve to extract liquid from yogurt for 1 hour.
  • 4 large eggs separate white and yolk
  • Sugar 60 g
  • Milk 1/2 cup
  • Weak power flour or cake flour 200 g. Sift with baking powder below.
  • Baking Powder 2 teaspoons
  • Salad oil or butter
  1. Put egg yolk and 1/3rd of sugar (20 g) in a large bowl and whisk for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add prepared yogurt and milk and mix well. Set aside._DSC0436
  3. Beat egg white till stiff peak (but not dry) with rest of sugar (40g) Set aside.
  4. Add sifted flour and baking powder to the egg yolk mixture (step #2) and combine with whisk.
  5. Change the whisk to a rubber spatula, Add egg white into egg flour mixture and fold it in. Do not over mix.
  6. Heat oil or melt butter in non-stick skillet at medium-low heat. Scoop 1 ladle full of batter onto the skillet and cook until golden brown or the holes in the pancake stabilize then flip to cook the other side.About 2 minutes each.
  7. Serve with ginger syrup or maple syrup._DSC0791

So nice to see my brother-in-law and his family visiting from Utah last week. _DSC0764_DSC0770_DSC0772We tried to do as many fun things as possible including fix his car. Took them nearly 20 hours to drive up here so a little tender care was needed._DSC0729In Down Town Portland…We all wanted to have VooDoo doughnuts but….DSCN2374We don’t want to wait for 2 hours. I don’t get how in the world people can wait 4 hours for pancakes either.DSCN2375I feel like I’m already weird…probably I am.DSCN2373I had this for lunch at a food cart just because it was featured in bon appetite! It was huge. I should have ordered just half a sandwich.DSCN2368

We persuaded him to try to knock down the blocks at city’s 13th annual ‘Fun In the Park’. Almost! Missed! Not even close!DSCN2388Hey, look! Someone selling U of O caps and other crochet arts. Doesn’t that dish cloth look like one I made before?

This is cute! Matsuri (festival) staple water balloon YO-YO for 1 dollar!DSCN2387

The snake handler – the double wide snake looks so heavy. Kids are totally fascinated with reptile and sit in the from row. I just zoomed in.

Hello there! Here’s looking at you baby! DSCN2377

The Country Singer was an American Idol contestant. Sounds good!DSCN2398

I couldn't participate in the cul-de sac garage sale because of company but last garage sale, she and her daughter put up signs around block and put a notice in Craigslist and all that to help me out. Very nice people indeed._DSC0732Isn’t this unique? I thought so; a lawn ornament of some sort. Originally $200_DSC0735These sellers (my next door neighbor) – forget about pricing each item, everything is $1. Smart! _DSC0736Their beautiful flower scape._DSC0738K-9 customer was just a looker, didn’t buy nothin._DSC0747Checking in neighbor’s yard for cut flowers.._DSC0745Glorious dahlias! _DSC0743_DSC0741It was fun to arrange in my new vase._DSC0754Sierra Rich(?) peaches and black berries I bought at the Lake Oswego Saturday Market were really nice! I made fruit tart for a dinner invite last Sunday.DSCN2413Strawberry chocolate mochi were a souvenir from Japan. My neighbor just got back from the trip and I’m totally yaki-mochi (jealous). _DSC0705Almond in an antique mason jar is gift from my brother-in-law._DSC0726Thanks bro, sis, goofy nephews and niece!DSCN2423




  1. oh la la great pancakes and love the syrup looks like a great trip too great pics

  2. HAHAHAHAHA!!! You're making me laugh again! Dog didn't buy nothing . . . too funny! I thought at first the family picture seemed to stiff, and was glad that you guys loosened up after that :). Your pancakes and syrup look divine!!

    1. Thank you Jalna. I'm thinking about you and your dog. Take care.

  3. Can you believe I have never had American pancakes? I never have sweet breakfasts (Japanese section of breakfasts in the hotel during my Tokyo trip was a paradise for me! I cannot even smell sweet stuff in the morning!) and of course here such pancakes are not popular. I love the ginger syrup idea and already start thinking how I can use it in other recipes... Gorgeous photos as always!
    No matter how food is excellent, I would never queue four hours for anything (even not for foie gras!).
    Strawberry and chocolate mochi make me dream of returning to Japan...

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I feel same...about going to Japan but I guess not right now. It's way too hot over there.

  4. 分厚いホットケーキ美味しそう!!しかもジンジャーシロップ、美味しそうですね~!栗原晴美さんのクックブックお薦めですか?

    1. ありがとう!栗原はるみさんの料理本は、優しくて好きですよ、彼女の性格そのまんま。人気のある料理研究家なのに、派手さがなくて。 でも人が出来過ぎかなとこあるかな? このパンケーキ今とっても気に入ってます。

  5. Those hotcakes look awesome! So thick and fluffy, and thanks for the ginger syrup recipe too - I love making syrups. I tried hazelnut syrup which was pretty good, but I want to try more. Maybe I can make some ginger syrup next, and then try mint after that?!

    Isn't it fun to see family? My sister will come to visit me soon from China. Not sure what we'll do when she's here... it's a bit difficult because she has a young child who needs a car seat, and my son also needs a car seat, and there's not really space for two families of 3 in my car alas.

    1. Wow! Sounds fun about your sister's up coming visit. When my brother-in-law's family come here we always have to drive two cars - one car following the other situation. We lost it sometimes but thanks for the smart phone, GPS is really nice tool!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

  6. A wonderful family and gorgeous pancakes! That syrup must taste divine.



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