These fluffy and extra-thick Japanese pancakes are mouthwatering! They are soft and spongy, and a true indulgence. The super secret ingredient is the mayonnaise. It's just emulsified oil and vinegar, and I promise it will make your pancakes thicker and fluffier; it gives it just the right "lift". I use Kewpie® mayo, but you can try with any regular mayo. Please let me know what you think!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine milk and vinegar in a large bowl. Allow to sit until milk has soured, about 5 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder in a separate bowl; set aside.

  • Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

  • Add egg yolks and vanilla extract to the soured milk; mix until well combined and pour into the center of the flour mixture. Use a whisk to combine all ingredients. Add mayonnaise and stir until there are no lumps. Fold in egg whites.

  • Heat a griddle on the stovetop over medium-low heat and melt butter. Grease round pancake molds and place onto the buttered griddle. Fill each mold halfway with batter. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on the bottom and not too liquid across the top, 4 to 6 minutes. Flip each pancake and mold together. Cook until the other sides are golden and pancakes have doubled in thickness, 4 to 6 more minutes. Slide the molds off the pancakes.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute regular mayonnaise for Japanese mayonnaise.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; protein 8.4g; carbohydrates 40.2g; fat 9.6g; cholesterol 106.8mg; sodium 344.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2019
These are really good! Unless it's been edited in the last couple days, the recipe calls for 1 cup milk. For the person who gave it low stars, because of something the poster has no control over (how it prints), that's not fair. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/21/2020
These are not souffle Read More
35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2019
These are really good! Unless it's been edited in the last couple days, the recipe calls for 1 cup milk. For the person who gave it low stars, because of something the poster has no control over (how it prints), that's not fair. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2020
Would milk + vinegar not just be buttermilk? Can I use that instead? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2020
I haven't made them yet and was looking for pancake molds and found where you could use parchment paper made into rounds. Going to try that since I really don't want to buy rounds to use one time. Will let you know how it worked out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2020
I made these this morning while the gkids were here. These are delicious! I used Best Foods mayo and I didn’t use the pancake molds ( I gently poured onto the heated pan so the mix wouldn’t spread rapidly). They fluffed nicely and had a wonderful flavor! Definitely a keeper recipe! The gkids even commented on how tasty they were! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2020
A fun treat, The molds make them easier to flip. Have had them years ago. You can't go wrong. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2020
These were awesome - I used the suggestion from Heather Van Gorder's Review - pineapple cans! Used spray Pam on the inside, removed the paper on the outside and they came out great!! Thanks for the great idea and thank you for such a great recipe Diana71!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2020
I made it without the mayonnaise and used kefir instead of milk/vinegar. It turned out well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2020
Used pineapple can as ring. Took a few tries to figure out how to flip them - used two spatulas & that did the trick!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2020
Really good! Followed recipe as written and used Hellman’s mayo. Very light and fluffy! Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
06/21/2020
These are not souffle Read More
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