International Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday to some) happens once a year (47 days before Easter Sunday to be exact). To celebrate, Japanese restaurant Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium is flipping giant, fluffy Japanese-style Soufflé Pancakes.
The puffy pancakes are made with a meringue mixture, which is slow-cooked for 12 minutes. The Soufflé Pancakes stand at around five centimetres tall and two come with each serve. They’re not new, but now there are three flavours you wouldn’t have seen before: matcha cream with adzuki (red mung beans) and matcha ice-cream, cream cheese with brown sugar syrup pearls, and crème brûlée with caramelised vanilla cream custard. The recipe used by the eatery is inspired by a famous pancake cafe in Tokyo called Café Gram.
International Pancake Day is held on Shrove Tuesday, traditionally a feast day before Lent. Pancakes were cooked to use up eggs and fats before people started fasting.
The pancakes are available at Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium in Darling Harbour today (March 5) from 5pm to 9pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.