How to Make Ban Chean Kuih (Apam Balik) by Debbie Teoh

Street Food Journeys: Malaysia returns with Series 2, and starts off with the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. In this first episode, KL-based acclaimed Nyonya cuisine expert Debbie Teoh reveals how to make a street snack variously called Ban Chean Kuih/Ban Jian Kuih or Apam Balik (a lot of dishes go by different names depending on your ethnicity and where in Malaysia you grew up – I can’t remember what we used to call this particular pancake in my family).

Ban Chean Kuih is most commonly filled with sugar, condensed milk, crushed peanuts, butter and condensed milk, though I think there are quite a few more exotic options available nowadays.

Watch Debbie Teoh’s cooking segment on Ban Chean Kuih (Apam Balik) in Street Food Journeys: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Series 2 (Debbie’s demo takes place from the 12:40 mark) >>

Ban Chean Kuih (Apam Balik)

Serves 4


Pancake Batter:
300g plain flour
1⁄2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1⁄2 tsp baking powder
1 large egg
1⁄2 tsp salt
60g sugar
1 TBSP cooking oil
1 1⁄2 Cups [375ml] water

200-300g fried peanuts, ground
10 TBSP castor sugar
Canned creamed sweetcorn (2 tsp per pancake)
Margarine (1 tsp per pancake)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the batter ingredients together. Leave to rest for 30 minutes before using.
  2. Heat a 19cm non-stick pan, then lightly grease with oil. Pour 1⁄2 a cup of batter onto the pan and spread
    using a spoon.
  3. Cover with a lid until bubbles appear, then sprinkle 2 TBSP castor sugar around the pancake. Cover again to
    allow the sugar to dissolve.
  4. Lift the lid and sprinkle over the ground peanuts. Add a dollop with creamed sweetcorn, followed by the
  5. Fold the pancake over then gently slide onto a cutting board – slice into wedges.
  6. Repeat the process until the batter is used up.Serve immediately.

This episode of Street Food Journeys: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Series 2 also features:

  • how to make KL curry laksa by yours truly (Jackie M.)
  • a Ramly Burger food hunt with The JetLag Warriors
  • a visit to Petaling Street (Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown) with Ken Abroad
  • award-winning tour guide Shaukani Abbas and his list of Top 3 Picks of places to visit and things to do in Kuala Lumpur

The recipes for the entire series, produced in partnership with Tourism Malaysia Australia, can be found in the special edition MOMC eMagazine which you can download here >> Click to View or Download

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