Peranakan Pancakes with Banana Sauce – Thai Rice Flour Coconut Pancakes

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Last Updated on May 19, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Peranakan Pancakes – Thai Rice Flour Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes are perfect for breakfast or even as an after school snack!

Peranakan Pancakes - Thai Rice Flour Coconut Pancakes

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People often comment how I have the courage to try recipes from so many different cultures, many ones that I have absolutely no connection to. However, I would be so bored if I had to eat the same kind of food every day.

Eating good food is one of the few pleasures in life we can rely upon for those of us that live in developed countries. Why would you want to limit yourself?

Maybe it’s because I am a Gemini and we are reputed to have more than one personality. Maybe its coming from a multi cultural home where a week’s menu could consist of any combination of Caribbean, Indian, Indonesian or American food. Hence, even though I have never seen or heard of these pancakes before, I decided to bite the bullet and try these gluten free Pancakes!

It can be really challenging when you don’t even know what the end result is supposed to be. However, due to my extensive blogging trials and culinary work experience, I just try to use common sense and good judgment and throw caution to the wind.

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Just because it’s from a cookbook doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a perfectly written recipe and will work well. I often have to adjust recipes and thankfully, I have enough experience to trust my gut (yes, just like Olivia Pope on Scandal, I have a gut ) over the book.


Many Southeast Asian recipes will differentiate between thick and thin coconut milk as well as coconut cream. If you make fresh coconut milk, it’s easy to come up with a batch of any. However, most of us in the West buy canned coconut milk. Only the Thai brands like Taste of Thai and some organic/all natural brands sell both thick and thin coconut milk.

You can also get the thick coconut cream by refrigerating a can of coconut milk. After taking it out of the refrigerator, remove the thick cream on top. The remaining liquid in the can is thin coconut milk.

For thick coconut milk, just shake a can of regular coconut milk and that is thick coconut milk. If the recipe calls for a large quantity of coconut cream, it is more cost effective to buy cans of coconut cream, which are only sold by Thai brands.

Make sure you get coconut cream and NOT cream of coconut. That is a totally different product, used in Latin and Caribbean cultures to make things like Kremas (Haitian eggless eggnog) and to make Pina Colada.

Why this whole discussion about coconut cream/ thick coconut milk/ thin coconut milk? Based on the canned products we have in the US, there might be slight differences than in the freshly made products so I had to adjust the recipe accordingly, but the end result was delicious.

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One of my many freelance jobs I have is teaching cooking classes and I hope on this blog I achieve the same result. Anybody can follow a recipe, but I hope I impart cooking skills to you. How to use your experience and knowledge to create your own version of each recipe is my goal. Whether you change it due to ingredient availability or due to personal preference, I prefer you use my recipes as a guide to develop your own culinary skills than follow my recipes to the letter!

These Peranakan Pancakes with Banana Sauce – Thai Rice Flour Coconut Pancakes are both Gluten Free and Vegan. They are great for weekend breakfast/brunch or even as an after school snack!


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Before we get to today’s recipe, here are some other both Sweet & Savory pancakes you might like to try!

Pancake Recipes

If you are a coconut lover, you will love these gluten free pancakes!

Peranakan Pancakes - Thai Rice Flour Coconut Pancakes on plate with Banana Sauce

If you love Thai food as much as I do, you might like to include other Thai foods like Thai Cucumber Relish, Thai Tomato Soup & Green Papaya SaladThai Yellow Curry with Vegetables to your weekly menu!

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Peranakan Pancakes with Banana Sauce – Thai Rice Flour Coconut Pancakes

These gluten free vegan pancakes are perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch. You can also give it your kids as an after school snack!
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 18


  • 2 ¾ cups rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 ½ cups coconut cream
  • ½ cup thick coconut milk
  • Banana Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup palm sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 pandan leaves
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water cornstarch slurry


  • Combine flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Add coconut milk and mix to form a smooth batter. Leave the batter to ferment in a warm place for 2 hours, until almost double in volume.
  • Meanwhile, let’s make the banana sauce. In a saucepan, combine coconut cream, water, palm sugar, salt, pandan and bananas. Bring to a boil and cook on high heat for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pandan leaves and add the cornstarch slurry. Continue to simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • Heat a skillet and lightly coat it with oil. Spray a 1/4 measuring cup with non stick spray. Scoop batter into this cup and place on hot skillet. Using a wet spatula, flatter the batter into a pancake. Cook until golden on both sides. Repeat until all the batter is finished.
  • Serve with warm banana sauce.
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This recipe was adapted from Entree to Asia for CCChallenge




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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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    • Chef Mireille

      it is and you can even leave the batter in the refrigerator overnight for a slow rise – then you dont have to worry about all the prep time in the morning for breakfast

    • Chef Mireille

      I dont remember having a single pancake when I was in Thailand – I instead fell in in love Khao Soi but this banana sauce is over the top. I am sure you will love this combo

  1. Mayuri Patel

    Thai rice pancakes remind me of the Kenyan Swahili vibibi pancakes as the method is the same except that its not served with banana sauce. Learning World Cuisine excites me and as you mentioned though may have not tasted the dish before, still love to make it and yes sometimes need to use our judgement for better result.

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