Chinese Scallion Pancakes

This post was published last year, but in honor of the Chinese New Year I am posting it again. If you have never tried to make scallion pancakes, this easy to follow recipe is worth trying.

Scallion Pancakes

I love all Asian foods, from Chinese to Japanese to Korean and Indonesian and Thai. Maybe because my last name is Lee? In college I always used to get invited to the Asian Alliance meetings, until I showed up one day! Jaws dropped, laughing ensued, no more invitations sent. I decided to make one of my favorite things to eat when I go to a good Chinese restaurant, scallion pancakes. Who does not love fried dough of one sort or another? Every culture has a version of fried dough, either sweet or savory, deep fried or pan fried, filled or plain. And let’s be honest, you have most people’s attention at the word fried.

Scallion pancakes require few ingredients, but do require time and technique. While I love to eat them, I do not make them. Ever. I needed to do some serious research, and fast! I looked around the internet and found a few posts on making scallion pancakes, some with pictures, some with easy to follow directions and some that just confused me! From all those posts I reached a happy medium, and came up with a recipe to work with.

Scallion pancakes make a great party appetizer when served with a dipping sauce. They can be made ahead, wrapped in foil and heated up in the oven. Or try them as an after school snack for the kids. For the big kids such as myself, serve them with a cold beer.

Scallion Pancakes

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Classic Chinese Scallion Pancakes
With just a few ingredients you can make these savory, scallion filled pancakes that are great for snacking, or as an appetizer.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 2 tablespoons + more for frying vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
Instructions
Place the flour into a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. With the machine running, add the water slowly, until the dough is formed.Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Have extra flour on the board in reach in case it is needed.
Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and soft.Place the dough into a clean bowl and cover with a damp cloth for 30 minutes. Combine 2 TB of vegetable oil with the sesame oil. Place the sliced scallions and salt (separately) into small bowlsCut the dough into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. One at time roll out a piece of dough.Brush the dough lightly with the combined oils, sprinkle generously with salt and about a tablespoon of scallions.Carefully roll the dough up like a cigar or rug. Curl the cigar shaped dough into a spiral, like a snail shell, then press down lightly with your palm. Roll out the spiral until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining dough, oil, salt and scallions.Heat a large (10-12 inch) skillet over medium high heat, then coat the bottom with vegetable oil. Fry the pancakes for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until it is golden brown. Repeat with the remaining pancakes.Place the pancakes onto a plate lined with a paper towel to drain any oil. Cut each pancake into six pieces and serve with our favorite dipping sauce.
Details

Prep time: 40 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 50 mins Yield: 6 pancakes

Pancake Dough Before Kneading

Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and soft. ( I was taught that when dough is properly kneaded it should feel like a babies butt.)


Pancake Dough After Kneading

Place the dough into a clean bowl and cover with a damp cloth for 30 minutes. Combine 2 TB of vegetable oil with the sesame oil. Place the sliced scallions and salt (separately) into small bowls.

Oil, Kosher Salt and Sliced Scallions

Cut the dough into 6 pieces.

Dough Cut Into Six Pieces

Roll each piece into a ball. One at time roll out a piece of dough.

First Rolling Out of Pancake Dough

Brush the dough lightly with the combined oils, sprinkle generously with salt and about a tablespoon of scallions.

Dough with Oil, Kosher Salt and Sliced Scallions

Carefully roll the dough up like a cigar or rug.

Roll Up the Pancake Like a Cigar

Curl the cigar shaped dough into a spiral, like a snail shell, then press down lightly with your palm.

Scallion Pancake Rolled into A Spiral

Roll out the spiral until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining dough, oil, salt and scallions.

Scallion Pancake After Final Rolling Out

Heat a large (10-12 inch) skillet over medium high heat, then coat the bottom with vegetable oil. Fry the pancakes for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until it is golden brown. Repeat with the remaining pancakes.

Frying the Scallion Pancake

Place the pancakes onto a plate lined with a paper towel to drain any oil. Cut each pancake into six pieces and serve with our favorite dipping sauce.

Scallion Pancakes

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