Kauk Mote (Burmese Folded Pancake of Red Beans & Coconut)

by Cho

This crepe was dredged from childhood memories of night markets in Yangon and Cho's recent craving for sweet things with her baby due (at the time of writing) in about three weeks.

160g of self rising flour (.70 cup)
80g rice of flour (.35 cup)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons sugar
100ml coconut milk (almost half a cup)
300ml water (1.25 cups)
oil for frying

200g sweetened red (azuki) beans
80g fresh grated coconut
pinch of salt

Put the dry pancake ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the coconut milk and water, stirring to form a runny batter. Rest for at least 30 minutes, preferably a couple of hours.

I am using pre-cooked red beans from a can which is rather too sweet. I make a note to make the red beans myself next time as the recipe by Grace Young is straight forward.

The key to making these pancakes is to have a seasoned flat pan. If you do not have one, use a non-stick frying pan. Lightly grease the pan with a little oil and heat on moderate heat. Using a ladle pour the batter carefully. The idea is to have an even layer of batter to cover the pan. To spread the batter, tilt the pan.

Cover and leave for a few of minutes. When bubbles appear on the surface, carefully spread the red beans and grated coconut. Remember to mix a pinch of salt with the coconut first. Cover the pan again and allow the pancake to cook for a further minute or two until the edges are golden in colour.

Using a flat-bladed knife, fold the pancake into half and ease onto a plate. Serve while warm. The outside should have a lovely crispiness and the inside soft with the filling oozing out.

Original Recipe and Burmese Food Blog

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Mar 11, 2010
Traditional and Popular
by: Kroocrew

Each weekend a lady comes by on a motorcycle with a stand trailing behind. She anchors the stand and lights the gas ring under the cooking plate.

The children in the soi start to come out from their houses with a fist tightly clenched around a small amount of money.

The lady sets up a line of brightly coloured sauces and jars of various ingredients while the children wait patently. They very politely put their order to the lady and just as quietly stand around watching her go to work. She deftly makes the large crepes and skillfully flips them, adds a number of appropriate ingredients such as red beans and coconut, a syrup or two and some brilliantly coloured sprinkles. She folds the crepe into a wedge and wraps the base in a coloured paper pocket.

The children never take their eyes off the crepe from that moment. The money is offered blindly and the children wander back to their homes.

The lady packs up her gear and she's gone for another week.

The children will wait patiently till next week.

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