Forget flipping - wobbly pancakes are the latest food trend

Katie Morley
An emerging trend for Japanese-style pancakes which bounce and jiggle on the plate has seen a surge in home cooks attempting the creations, according to BBC Good Food - Thefoodnetwork

It is an art form ametuer chefs have been trying and in some cases failing to master for decades in pursuit of the perfect pancake.

But this Shrove Tuesday there may well be fewer pancakes ending up on ceilings and floors, as flipping is being replaced with a new and marginally less precarious move - pancake wobbling. 

An emerging trend for Japanese-style pancakes which bounce and jiggle on the plate has seen a surge in home cooks attempting the creations, according to BBC Good Food. 

They are being inspired by viral social media videos of people wobbling precarious-looking stacks of several inches high super-fluffy pancakes.

In contrast to traditional crepes which must be thin and delicate so they can be flipped, the Japanese versions are made with whisked egg white and cooked in a metal mould to achieve their impressive height. 

At around twice the thickness of American-style versions they are also extremely light in texture and wobble in a similar fashion to a souffle. 

One reviewer who tried them reported that the experience was like "eating a cloud".

Traditional pancakes are thin and delicate and can be flipped in a pan  Credit: Telegraph 

After the BBC noticed the internet-based trend it posted its own recipe yesterday to encourage people to make their own wobbly pancakes at home.

Cathy Best, senior food editor at BBC Good Food, said: "We identified Japanese pancakes as a major food trend for this year which is why we published the recipe. "These big fluffy pancakes are really fun and eye grabbing and instead of flipping them its all about wobbling them on the plate. 

"This pancake day many people will be looking for a new way to interpret pancakes and people are getting more imaginative - Japanese pancakes are very visually appealing."

In addition to Japanese pancakes BBC Good Food also said it had seen a rise in the number of people searching for vegan pancake recipes, as more of the population are choosing to avoid animal products like eggs and milk in food. 

Japanese pancakes are tall and fluffy Credit: popsugar

Charles Banks, Co Founder at The Food People, said Japanese pancakes were already a huge trend in Australia which was making its way over to the UK. He said: "This is about the 'gourmet-isation' of pancakes as people are turning what was once a simple dish into a luxury experience. 

"These Japanese pancakes are thick and fluffly with a lighter batter and are delicious with exotic toppings like espresso mousse and mango. They look incredible on the plate."

Around six in ten Brits do not know how to make pancakes and admit they need to seek help before making pancakes, according to a survey by British Lion eggs.