A crêpe or crepe is a type of very thin pancake, usually made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour. Crêpes are made by pouring a thin liquid batter onto a hot frying pan or flat circular hot plate, often with a trace of butter on the pan’s surface. The batter is spread evenly over the cooking surface of the pan or plate either by tilting the pan or by distributing the batter with an offset spatula. There are also specially designed crêpe makers with a heatable circular surface that can be dipped in the batter and quickly pulled out to produce an ideal thickness and evenness of cooking. A cooked crêpe is a very thin pancake.
Common savoury fillings for crêpes served are cheese, ham, and eggs, ratatouille, mushrooms, artichoke (in certain regions), and various meat products. When sweet, they can be eaten as part of breakfast or as a dessert. They can be filled and topped with various sweet toppings, often including Nutella spread, preserves, sugar (granulated or powdered), maple syrup, lemon juice, whipped cream, fruit spreads, custard, and sliced soft fruits or confiture.
I was first introduced to the wonders of the crêpe during my trip to Japan when I was 11. While wondering the streets of Harajuku one cold winter morning in March 2006, I caught sight of a shop window filled with crêpes with a wide variety of toppings and fillings.
My curiosity was piqued and I knew that I had to try one of these marvellous and pretty creations! And that is how my love affair with crêpes started. Crêpes are pretty popular in Singapore nowadays, with eateries such as Keen on Crêpes and Crêperie des Arts marketed as places whose menus are solely based on wide varieties of crêpes. And of course, no one can forget Marché, which is known in Singapore for their delicious savoury and dessert crêpes.
One of those places that popularised crêpes in Singapore is Out of the Pan, a crêperie located at the basement of Raffles City Shopping Centre (one of our favourite places for food!). Its menu offers a selection of both dessert as well as savoury crêpes, salads, soups and waffles, amongst other things! This was my second time eating there and I’m sure I’ll be going back for more visits with Elisa!
Peking Duck on a Sundried Tomato Crêpe ($15.50): (The menu has no descriptions of the dishes so I will have to do my best to describe them for you!) Thin slices of duck dressed in a sweet sauce and some lettuce leaves, wrapped in a thin sundried tomato crêpe and accompanied with a side salad dressed lightly in balsamic vinaigrette. This is one the recommended crêpes on the menu so my mum ordered it with high expectations! She was quite happy with this, as the duck slices were succulent and moist, and went nicely with the thin and crisp sundried tomato crêpe. She also mentioned that the sweet sauce that was included in the crêpe had a nice texture and wasn’t too thick, thin or gummy. However, she was disappointed that the skin on the duck wasn’t crispy! Peking ducks are famous for their crisp and thin skins that melt in your mouth, and the slices of duck in this dish had limp skins with some fatty bits under the skin which were pretty unappetising. On a whole, this dish was satisfactory in all aspects except the one that mattered most – the duck.
Yum Yum Mushroom on a Wholewheat Crêpe ($14.50): Thin slices of sauteed mushrooms and stirfried mixed vegetables on a Wholewheat Crêpe. This is my second time eating this and I still loved it as much as I did the first time I ate it! Well, you can never go wrong with mushrooms, right? Anyway the mushrooms were juicy and nicely sauteed, and the wholewheat crêpe was a sturdy vessel to hold the whole dish together! The tomato sauce that was served with this dish also complemented the crêpe nicely as it provided a touch of sweetness when eaten with the mushroom and the Crêpe. I found the side salad slightly redundant as it was rather dry (not enough dressing). The next time I come here, I’ll probably consider having something else and will also most probably wind up eating this again. That’s how much I like it.
Out of the Pan is conveniently located right smack in the middle of the basement of Raffles City Shopping Centre (beside the huge fountain) and offers a selection of both savoury and dessert crêpes, as well as soups, desserts and other things. One bad thing about this place is that the crêpes are pretty pricey (they used to have a UOB 1-for-1 promotion that was very worthwhile, but it has since ended), but I’m sure it’s worth it as long as the quality of the food is maintained!
Out of the Pan
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-45 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6431 6103