Inspired by an ubiquitous street food that’s fun, cute and delicious all at the same time, our latest home version was cooked in a cast iron aebleskiver pan.
What is an aebleskiver pan? It’s a Danish pan used for making aebleskiver — spherical Danish pancakes. It looks like this.
Yes, it looks like a takoyaki pan but the grooves of the aebleskiver pan are wider and shallower. We bought the aebleskiver pan primarily to cook banh khot. Although an authentic banh khot pan has even wider and shallower grooves than an aebleskiver pan, this is the closest thing we can get.
What’s wrong with using a takoyaki pan for making these omelettes and even banh khot for that matter? The grooves are too small and too deep. Plus our takoyaki pan is lightweight and a proper crust does not form on the underside of the omelettes.
A heavy cast iron aebleskiver pan yields better results. So, I’m updating the old Chiang Mai-style omelette recipe. And, this time, instead of just sprinkling chopped vegetables over the eggs, whole shrimps went on top of some and chopped spicy sausage meat went on top of the rest.
Chiang Mai Street Food-style Mini OmelettesRecipe by
- Aebleskiver pan
- 6 whole shrimps shelled, deveined and tossed with salt and pepper
- 1 spicy sausage chopped (see notes after the recipe)
- 2 bell peppers deseeded and chopped
- ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Prepare all your ingredients and lay them out like an assembly line.
- In a bowl with a spout, beat the eggs with two to three pinches of salt and as much pepper as you like.
- Set the aebleskiver pan on the stove over medium heat and brush the grooves liberally with oil.
- Pour the beaten eggs into the grooves until about three quarters full.
- Add the whole shrimps into some of the grooves, and chopped sausage meat into the others.
- Sprinkle chopped bell pepper and sliced scallions on top of the shrimps / sausage meat.
- Cover the pan and cook the mini omelettes until firm and the undersides are browned and crisp (by this time the shrimps will be fully cooked and the sausage meat heated through).
- Scoop out the mini omelettes using a spoon and transfer to a plate.
- Repeat until all the ingredients have been used up.
- Serve the Chiang Mai street food-style mini omelettes with sweet chili sauce.