Friday, September 11, 2015

Slappy Cakes @ Solaris Dutamas

From Portland to Publika: American brunch franchise Slappy Cakes smacks its way into Malaysia this month, promising playful pancakes that customers can cook themselves on special griddles built on each table.

Slappy Cakes' mix-&-match concept has found fans from Maui to Manila, Tokyo to Singapore: First, choose a pancake batter - buttermilk (RM9), whole wheat, chocolate or peanut butter (RM12 each, reputedly made from scratch daily). Then pick some fixins (RM3 each) to be added to the pancake while it's cooking - these comprise both savoury (chicken sausage, cheddar cheese, chopped scallions or roasted mushrooms) & sweet (butterscotch chips, shredded coconut, toasted almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, choc chips, granola, apples, bananas, blueberries). Finally, select one or more toppings (RM3.50 each) - honey, peanut butter, lemon curd, strawberry jam, maple syrup, crispy bacon, whipped cream or cinnamon creme fraiche.

It's easy to get the hang of this fairly fast - squeeze the batter from the bottle to the griddle, & have fun creating your pancakes in various shapes & sizes. Flip 'em once bubbles pop around their edges, & voila, they'll be ready to eat within a few minutes. 

Each serving of batter is sufficient to produce many, many pancakes - perfect for kids of all ages. The pancakes taste pretty basic, but that's fine. If you prefer to have the kitchen make your pancakes, you can choose from Slappy Cakes' own speciality recipes, such as buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, crushed peanuts, strawberries & house-made lemon curd (RM16).

We enjoyed our DIY pancakes, though we're not sure we'd form a habit of these. It might be interesting nonetheless to explore the rest of Slappy Cakes' a la carte menu, which includes multiple types of Eggs Benedict (one with turkey bacon & pureed roasted garlic, another with smoked salmon, another with sauteed seasonal veggies, each RM19-RM23) & grilled chicken teriyaki burgers with guacamole & pineapples (RM23). But skip the perfunctory-tasting lemonade, stick to water & save RM8.

Slappy Cakes Malaysia
A3-G2-3A, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-6211-9949

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20 comments:

  1. I love the happy face, Sean, and the name "Slappy Cakes" is a catchy one. I wonder if it is derived from a childhood song, "Patty Cake, Patty cake, baker's man, make the cakes as fast as you can!" :)

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    1. LInda: heh, i have my friend to thank for 'drawing' that happy face ... and i don't know what the origin behind Slappy Cakes' name is, but i fondly remember those Patty cakes lines too :D

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  2. Phewwww!!!! It could have been an o! LOL!!!

    I love pancakes this small - I never get to cook mine this size - too lazy, will cook a lot of the batter at one time. :P Interesting shapes.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, slappy, not sloppy! :D i empathise with your laziness - i too preferred to cook big pancakes here instead of small ones, but yeah, it was fun to experiment with sizes :D

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    2. Oopsss!!! Wink! Wink! Muahahahaha!!!

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    3. Suituapui: no double entendre la! :)

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  3. Sean, I assume the odd-shaped and overly brown one was made by you....hahah! Hmmm, I think the fun of these pancakes is in the making rather than the taste ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: haha, you're right - i made the weird one, and i burnt the other one :D i do agree with you that the novelty was in making these pancakes on the griddle :)

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  4. Speaking of Portland... the only chain from there that I want is Voodoo Doughnut...

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    1. SC: that calls for a flight to taiwan for their taipei branch! :D

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  5. P.S.
    That's a spelling error in the sign for registered taxis, no?

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    1. Suituapui: i suspect they didn't have space to fully spell 'queue' :D

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  6. This all looks too cute! Think I'll take my nephews there to try out the dishes, but to be honest, it's really for me. :P

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    1. Nicholas: heheh, we're all young at heart in the end :D

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  7. Cool, looks fun, I thought you will make a rabbit one, hehehe.

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    1. CK: haha, my artistic ability not so strong :D

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  8. My Sam will definitely would like to try on these, sound fun making our own pancakes in different shapes! But does it dangerous too? I mean the hot griddle

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, the griddle is hot, but should be OK, as long as the child/parent is careful :D

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  9. Aaaahhh.....this is so fun! Reminds me of masak-masak during childhood days la... :-D :-D

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, i think it might bring back nice memories for some customers :D

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