Jany's Dutch Pancake House is the only Dutch restaurant in Hualien. The owner Jany is from Amersfoort in the Netherlands. Her settling in Hualien started on a trip to Antarctica. During this trip, she met travel companions from Hualien and was invited to Hualien for sightseeing. Upon arriving, she couldn’t help but fall in love with the LOHAS lifestyle, friendly people, and natural scenery.
In order to make more professional authentic Dutch pancakes, Jany returned to the Netherlands to obtain her professional pancake-making certificate, hoping to let more people savor the deliciousness of the Dutch cuisine. Dutch pancakes are thin, large pancakes, sweet or savory. To ensure the taste, Jany insists that several ingredients are imported from the Netherlands, including cheese, apple-syrup, and spices. Even the pots and pans were brought back from the Netherlands; these are specially designed for professional pancake making.
The most popular desserts in the shop are Dutch cheese and special Dutch apple pie. Jany says that Dutch cheese, cream, and other dairy products are extremely famous. The slightly sour apples are neither too sweet nor too greasy and go very well with the Dutch syrup drizzled on top. To offer customers healthy choices, Jany does not use artificial spices and pigments; instead, she emphasizes the original tastes of the ingredients. The simple and unadorned taste is very homey.
Jany says that she likes the scenery of "Stone Stairs Platform" and "Tongli Trail" the most. In particular, Hualien’s mountains and sea are in great proximity to each other, which is very different from the scenery she has seen in Europe and South America. Sometimes she would go to a rural school to teach children, exchange languages, introduce Dutch culture, or make pancakes together. "I think people here are unlike people in the big cities, so maybe I can do something for them and bring them new ideas," Jany says. The restaurant is accessible to anybody. There is a lift to the second floor and ramps for wheelchairs.
She also hopes that her pancake house can be a place for exchanging ideas and culture. Transportation to Jany’s Dutch Pancake House is more convenient after the recent relocated. The new location has a study room. Everyone can read books quietly, enjoy Dutch desserts, and drink coffee. Jany says: "In the Netherlands, eating pancakes is a joyful thing. Everyone is welcome to come together for good conversation and delicious pancakes!"
Jany's Dutch Pancake House
Address: Dongxing 2nd str, 120st lane, 2, Hualien city, Hualien county, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening Hours: 10:00–17:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays