You may have seen some amazing Instagram pics and videos of Japanese pancake recipes.
These gravity-defying hotcakes look absolutely incredible. I mean just gander at these beauties – it looks like you’re about to chomp down on a warm, syrup-doused cloud.
On par with Japan's taste, these pancakes are simple but delicious (and more than enough for two people at just $9!). I want to add, besides how light and fluffy these pancakes are, I really love the ticket system they have set up to get these special cakes. For the Harajuku location, there are a few scathing reviews about how this is handled but it’s really not so bad! Side note: there was a European couple next to me who actually preferred their breakfast bacon, eggs, and lox. So even if you're not big on hotcakes, there's a little bit of Western good good here for you to enjoy! #k8atejapan #japanpancake #pancakes #hungrynycjapan
It’s so fluffy I wanna die!
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Now this little bit of information may have eluded the public for a while, and it wasn’t until Lifehacker tweeted the secret behind Japan’s ridonkulously fluffy flapjacks.
— Lifehacker (@lifehacker) November 12, 2017
Twitter was not happy with the news. Some thought that pancakes had no business being this thick and fluffy in the first place.
Even if I wasn’t allergic to mayonnaise, a pancake is not supposed to be thicker than a hardback edition of War and Peace.
— Inglorious Jayelle Wishes You Happy Holidays! (@GreenEyedLilo) November 12, 2017
Others immediately want to call the police to let them know of this unforgivable transgression.
— Young Maha Mulia (@nrasidi) November 12, 2017
Others were just very, very disappointed.
— PARTY ON, GARTH! PARTY ON, MAYNE! ⚡️ (@YeahMayne_) November 12, 2017
Some celebrities even discovered the harrowing Lifehacker tweet.
Fuck you https://t.co/UvCNZkjcLF
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 12, 2017
Munchies discovered the probable origin of the Lifehacker article, and that was this tweet by a Japanese culinary wunderkind who shared the fluff-tacular recipe, with photos, on Twitter.
— 魔女っこれい (@majyokkorei) October 22, 2017
2/3 carbonated water, 150 grams of pancake mix, and two tablespoons of mayonnaise. Stir that bad boy in a pot over a low flame and you’ll get a nice, tall, perfectly airy pancake.
What caused the outrage in the Lifehacker article, however, is the suggestion that the Japanese-branded Kewpie mayonnaise, which is rather quite sweet, be substituted for Hellman’s, which tastes best with turkey club sandwiches and as part of your fancy sauce mixture for your french fries.
In the same Munchies article featuring the pancakes, there was a lot of love for putting mayo in baked goods. The strong scent from the condiment comes from the vinegar, which is added to the staple ingredients of eggs and oil. Once you get mayonnaise, however, the vinegar smell dissipates and all you’re left with is a perfectly fine fluff-inducing ingredient. Couple that with baking soda (or like they do in some Southern-style recipes, 7up) and you’ve got yourself a new way of making pancakes.
Are you adventurous enough to try it, is the question? If so, check out this Tastemade recipe for Japanese Sponge Pancakes.