It's been a while since I last shared a recipe, and I understand the challenges of meal planning in today's world of rising inflation, especially as a busy urban parent. While trying to find a way to prepare affordable, nourishing, and time-efficient meals that also support our family's vitality, a cherished memory of a traditional dish from my mom's hometown - Savory Oyster Pancake came to mind.

As I rummaged through what were in our fridge and pantry, I found some dried sliced shiitake mushrooms and thought this little guys combined with onion could give a great umami punch.

Voila! Here’s my version of one pan (ok, I used wok) Chinese savory pancake.


  1. Shiitake Mushroom
    TCM Nutrition: Considered to have a balanced nature and are associated with Stomach meridian channel. They are known for benefiting the Kidney and Liver systems, nourishing Stomach, promoting Qi circulation in order to increase vitality.
    Western Nutrition: Shiitake mushrooms are low in calories, high in fiber, and a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin D and B-vitamins. They are also rich in minerals, such as potassium, selenium, and contain antioxidants that support immune health. When selenium meets vitamin E, it’d create antioxidants in the body.
    Caution: Please be cautious for those with eczema or gout, or who has excessive dampness in the body
  2. Cabbage
    TCM Nutrition:
    Cabbage is considered a balanced nature food in TCM, associated with Stomach and Kidney meridian channels. It has the functions of nourishing the Kidneys, clearing damp-heat, dispersing blockages, and relieving pain. It is also effective in treating conditions such as damp-heat jaundice, digestive tract ulcers, and joint soreness.
    Western Nutrition: Cabbage is low in calories and an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins (especially vitamin K and C), and minerals. It's known for its antioxidant properties and potential for supporting digestive health.
    Caution: Please be cautious if FODMAPs diet is required
  3. Onion
    TCM Nutrition:
    Onions have a warming nature, associated with the Metal element. It has the functions of invigorating the spleen, resolving phlegm, promoting fetal safety, killing parasites, dispersing wind-cold, tonifying the spleen, moistening the intestines, and promoting wound healing
    Western Nutrition: Onions are a good source of vitamins C and B6, as well as dietary fiber. They also contain antioxidants and have potential anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits.
    Caution: Please be cautious if FODMAPs diet is required
  4. Egg
    TCM Nutrition: We choose duck eggs instead of chicken egg due to allergy. They have a cold nature and are associated with the Water element in TCM. They are considered a Qi tonic, nourishing Kidney systems, the essence and supporting overall health.
    Western Nutrition: Duck eggs are a rich source of high-quality protein, providing essential amino acids. They are also rich in various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and minerals like selenium and choline. Eggs are known for their role in promoting muscle growth and overall nutrition.
    Caution: Please be cautious for those who have high blood pressure, excessive dampness, and liver related illness
  5. Sesame Oil
    TCM Nutrition:
    Sesame oil has a netural to warming nature, It is believed to moisturize and lubricate the intestines and nourish the liver and kidneys. It also is considered beneficial for those recovering from illnesses or with weak constitutions.
    Western Nutrition: Sesame oil is a source of healthy fats, primarily monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It contains vitamin E and is known for its potential heart-healthy benefits, including reducing inflammation.
  6. Black Sesame
    TCM Nutrition:
    Black sesame seeds are considered warming nature, nourish the liver and kidneys and promote healthy hair and skin. Ancient Chinese believed that black sesame oil was a nourishing remedy that could moisten the spleen and blood, promoting longevity. This suggests that sesame oil has the potential to nourish qi and blood, thereby helping to maintain a youthful appearance
    Western Nutrition: Black sesame seeds are a rich source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. They are also a good source of essential minerals, such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. They are associated with potential heart health and bone health benefits.
  7. White Pepper
    TCM Nutrition:
    White pepper has a warming nature and is linked to the Metal element. It's believed to aid digestion and dispel coldness. White pepper is more often used in traditional Chinese cuisine than black pepper
    Western Nutrition: White pepper is a mild spice that can enhance flavor in dishes. It may have potential digestive benefits, including promoting appetite and aiding digestion.


Prep Time: 15mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Cuisine: Fusion
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cup (150g)               Gluten-free all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup                         Water
  • 2 large                        Eggs
  • 1 sliced                       Onion
  • 4 oz (28 g) sliced      Shiitake Mushroom (please soak with warm water for few hours if using dried version)
  • 1/2 oz (14 g)              Toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp                           Coconut Amino (or soy sauce)
  • Pinch                          White Pepper
  • Pinch                          Black Sesame


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk to combine flour, water, eggs, sesame oil, white pepper, and coconut amino (or soy sauce)
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat
  3. Add onion, cabbage, and shiitake mushrooms in the pan, stir fry till fragrance
  4. Using a spatula, press down the vegetables
  5. Pour the batter on the vegetables in the pan, use the spatula press down and even out the batter
  6. Continue pan fry until golden brown, 4–5 minutes
  7. Turn and pan fry the other side for another 5 minutes
  8. Sprinkle black sesame on top and served hot

Bon Appetite!


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