Let’s Talk Food: Japanese souffle pancakes

  • Photo courtesy Audrey Wilson Hulisen 3-inch rings.

  • Photo courtesy Audrey Wilson Japanese soufflé pancake.

  • Photo courtesy Audrey Wilson Japanese soufflé pancakes in the pan.

When I first ate a Japanese souffle pancake in Tokyo, I was so impressed by its lightness and delicate taste. But they are not a new item on the culinary scene, as the first form of pancakes appeared in the 16th century and was called “funo-yaki” and invented by Sen no Rikyu, the founder of the tea ceremony. The original Japanese pancake was made by mixing flour with water and sake and then fried and served with sweet miso paste for tea ceremonies.