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Asian Cuisine: A Tour of Crêpes Across the Continent

When it comes to crêpes, many people think of France. However, crêpes are enjoyed all over the world, including in Asia. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the most popular varieties of crêpes found throughout Asia.


In Japan, crêpes are known as "Harajuku crepes" and are sold at street stalls and food markets. These crêpes are typically filled with sweet ingredients like fresh fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce, making them a popular dessert option. One popular spot to grab a crêpe in Japan is Takeshita Street in Tokyo, where you'll find dozens of vendors selling a wide variety of crêpes.

South Korea:

In South Korea, crêpes are known as "galettes." They are often served as a savory street food filled with ingredients like cheese, ham, and vegetables. One popular version is the Korean seafood crêpe, which is filled with shrimp, squid, and octopus. Galettes are also sometimes served with a fried egg on top, making them a hearty and satisfying meal.


In India, crêpes are known as "dosas" and are a staple of South Indian cuisine. Dosas are made from a batter of fermented rice and lentils, which gives them a tangy flavor and crispy texture. They are often served with a variety of chutneys and sambar, a spicy lentil soup. Dosas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as potato curry, paneer cheese, and coconut chutney.


In Vietnam, crêpes are known as "bánh xèo" and are a popular street food throughout the country. Bánh xèo are made from a batter of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, which gives them their distinctive yellow color. They are filled with a variety of ingredients, such as pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts. Bánh xèo are often served with lettuce leaves and herbs, which can be used to wrap the crêpe and add extra flavor and texture.


In Thailand, crêpes are known as "khanom bueang" and are a popular snack food throughout the country. Khanom bueang are made from a batter of rice flour, coconut milk, and sugar, which gives them a sweet and crispy texture. They are often filled with a mixture of sweetened egg yolks and shredded coconut, and then folded into a cone shape. Khanom bueang can be found at street stalls and night markets throughout Thailand.


As you can see, crêpes are enjoyed in a variety of forms throughout Asia, from sweet Japanese crêpes to savory Korean galettes. Whether you're in the mood for a fruity dessert crêpe or a hearty seafood galette, there's a crêpe for every taste and occasion. So next time you're traveling in Asia, be sure to try out some of these delicious crêpe varieties!

Sources & References:

  • "The Dosa Diary: A South Indian Road Trip" by Amrita Narayanan
  • "Japanese Street Food" by Andoh Takashi
  • "The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches" by Andrea Nguyen
  • "Crêpes: Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Home Cook" by Lou Seibert Pappas
  • "Thai Street Food: Authentic Recipes, Vibrant Traditions" by David Thompson.

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