I’ve been drooling all over Japanese souffle pancakes ever since they became popular across social media. Then there comes Fuwa Fuwa in London, which I enjoyed but not massively impressed. So while I was in Hong Kong, I was determined to see what the standards for Japanese souffle pancakes are – and here I came across Flipper’s.
There are loads of dessert shops serving Japanese souffle pancakes these days but I believe Flipper’s is one of the first ones to pop off in the city. They are originally from Tokyo and renowned for their Kiseki souffle pancakes – made completely by Japanese ingredients including Miyagi eggs, locally-grown wheat, and house-made maple-butter cream.
The Hong Kong branch is situated in the Hysan shopping mall in Causeway Bay. You can find them on the 6th floor within the area of the clothing brand i.t blue block. Don’t worry, you won’t miss it because it’s impossible to not be attracted by that alluring buttery & maple aroma as you hop on the escalator!
Me and my sister went on a Monday morning and thankfully it’s not crowded there (have heard many stories of hours of waiting). It’s for sure a pretty cute charming spot. The setting is very bright, lined with light wooden community tables. After you’re seated, you order and pay at the counter.
Here is what we ordered:
Classic Plain Pancakes (HKD $99)
Soon enough, a stack of three thick and wobbly souffle pancakes were served. They’re dusted with icing sugar and topped with a massive dollop of their signature house-made Maple Butter Cream.
The pancakes were ridiculously soft and fluffy. It’s so airy inside but still very moist. The flavours were superb too – buttery, eggy and incredibly fragrant. It smelled SO GOOD. While it says plain on the menu, this pancake dish was nothing plain. With the combination of the heavenly maple butter cream, this was a total foodgasmic moment.
Hazelnut, Chocolate, Caramel Banana Pancakes (HKD $119)
My sister picked the chocolate hazelnut one, which has the perfect balance of sweetness. That caramelisation on the banana was spot on as well with the impeccable coating. Like a good creme brulee, the caramelised layer crackles as you knock on it with a fork gently – absolutely stunning!
As for drinks, I ordered myself a Matcha Latte. To my surprise and delight, it came with a very beautiful latte art. The matcha itself was definitely strong and intense, but still well-balanced without being overly bitter and sickening. It’s in overall a decent cup.
Iced Golden Milk Tea
We also tried out one of the recommended drinks on the menu, i.e. the Golden Milk Tea. Interestingly, it tasted almost like a silky Malaysian Teh Tarik blended with Hong Kong style milk tea. It was really enjoyable!
…we absolutely loved Flipper’s! Those Kiseki pancakes were absolutely to die for and have really raised to bar high for souffle pancakes. For those not having a massive sweet tooth, there’re savoury options on the menu too but they won’t be of Kiseki souffle-style pancakes. If you have a Flipper’s in your city, there is absolutely no reason to not go!
Tel: +852 2367 2133
Nearest station: Causeway Bay