As a restaurant frequenter and foodie, I love Vancouver in its entirety because it features some of the BEST restaurants. I think I can safely say that brunch is probably my favourite meal of the day. Don’t you love waking up to a delicious meal on the weekends? Although I’m not a regular customer, one of the most amazing brunch restaurants I’ve visited is The Red Wagon in East Vancouver.
Initially a hidden gem, The Red Wagon only became immensely popular after being spotlighted on Diners, Dives and Drive-ins. On your visits, you can almost always expect a lineup, especially on the weekends. A fellow customer who shared the table with us that day commented that he never used to have problems getting a table right away. It definitely was DDD that brought in the flood of curious customers. I’ll admit that I too, had never even heard of the joint until watching DDD on The Food Network. And after drooling over their featured items in the episode, it didn’t take much more for me to join in the hype!
The Red Wagon offers a modern twist on diner classics, such as their famous Pulled-Pork Pancakes and Crisp Pork Belly Sandwich. Needless to say, those were the two dishes we ordered on our first visit.
This was really delicious! I can say it did live up to its hype. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the sweet and salty mash, especially when it was with a hint of JD! Can’t promise it’d be a great cure for the hangovers though. The dish was really rich! I share Guy’s sentiments when he commented that the dish was probably thought of at 4.30am in the morning.
On my visit that day, this seemed like the most popular order. Everyone wanted a taste of these bad boys!
Oh gosh, that pulled-pork was just sooooo good!! The pancakes were also super duper soft and fluffy!! Absolutely loved it!!
I liked the Crisp Pork Belly but it wasn’t anything that really stood out to me. Nonetheless still a great dish! 🙂
After my visit, I decided to RECREATE the pulled-pork pancakes at home. So, here’s the recipe to the fluffiest pancakes and all-in-all the most sinful breakfast!
Sammie’s Take On….
Pulled Pork Pancakes with JD Maple Syrup
The Fluffiest Pancakes Ever
makes 5-6 fluffy pancakes. adapted from All Recipes
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- cooking spray
- Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and FOLD. Do not overmix. Leave a couple little lumps in the batter so that the pancakes turn out lumpy and super fluffy!
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Serve!
adapted from All Recipes
I also included a pork rub mixture in addition to the barbecue sauce to add a little spice to the pulled-pork
- 1 pound pork shoulder
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 can coke / root beer
- 1/4 (4 ounce) of your favourite bbq sauce.
- Rub the mustard over the pork shoulder and set aside.
- Make the pork rub by mixing the salt, brown sugar, pepper and paprika together.
- Coat the pork with the rub evenly and set it in a slow-cooker. Let it cook for about 7-8 hours on “auto” .
- Using 2 forks, shred the meat and stir in barbecue sauce.
Jack Daniel Maple Syrup
- 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
- 2 tbsp Jack Daniel’s
- Heat up the maple syrup until it simmers then add JD. Stir and remove from heat.
- Sandwich the pulled pork between 3 pancakes.
- Pour the JD maple syrup over the pancakes. Place softened butter on top and stick a toothpick in.
Now, I just want you to see how soft and fluffy these pancakes are!!
Ta daaaa!!! I hope you guys enjoyed this! Thought it’d be fun to recreate a restaurant dish at home… 😉 Of course, I couldn’t do an exact replica of it but it was still delish! My sister really enjoyed this! I’d have to emphasize though, that the turnout of your pulled-pork will be heavily dependent on the brand of bbq sauce you’re going to be using!
Anyway! Till next time folks! Do visit the Red Wagon if you do pop by Vancity!