Crème Brûlée Pancakes in Kowloon, Hong Kong

James Smart

Thick and fluffy soufflé pancakes are enjoying a wave of popularity in the city, where inventive toppings are redefining the classic brunch dish.

In Hong Kong, pancakes are reaching new culinary heights, far beyond the usual blueberry-studded or lemon-and-sugar-topped options. Here, you can tuck into fluffy pancakes served with a crunchy, golden-brown crème brûlée topping and soft-scoop ice cream on the side, making for a snack that mixes sugary richness with an appealingly light, airy texture.

Pick up crème brûlée pancakes from am.pm

Crème Brûlée at am.pm

The am.pm booth is bright yellow and located in Hong Kong’s Kowloon. The pancakes are made fresh while you wait, with the gooey batter squeezed out onto a hotplate. They crisp up into puffy, fat disks, ready to be garnished with sweet toppings and popped onto a plate.

The best of the rest

The crème brûlée pancake – served with soft-scoop ice cream – may be the main event, but there’s a changing menu of other styles, and options might include tiramisu pancakes, berry-topped pancakes and matcha and white chocolate lava bombs, as well as various teas, shakes and assorted ice-cream flavours.

Visiting am.pm

Fans of nominative determinism will be disappointed : am.pm is closed in the mornings. Located at Grand Place, 560 Nathan Road, Kowloon, this innovative dessert stall is open 1pm–11pm every day of the week, and is busiest in the evenings.

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