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Green Onion Pancakes

Green Onion Pancakes
cōng yóu bǐng
lit. “scallion oil cake”

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 1/4 cups chopped green onions (scallions)
• 3 – 5 tablespoons Chinese toasted sesame oil
• salt (coarse, flaked or kosher will give pancake more texture)
• vegetable oil

Clean, dry and chop scallions. Set aside.

In a bowl, make a well in the flour and pour boiling water into the well. Quickly combine flour and water with a spatula or wooden spoon, making a stiff but still moist dough. Knead dough and form it into a ball. Brush dough ball with some sesame oil and cover it. After letting it rest for 10 minutes, remove dough from bowl and knead it until it is smooth and elastic. Rub it with more sesame oil and let rest for 1 hour to allow gluten to relax.

If you want, lightly flour your work surface. Using your hands, roll dough out to form a log about 10 inches long. Cut into six equal pieces. Cover dough as you work with one piece at a time. Take one ball and roll into a thin round (about 6-7 inches in diameter). Brush with sesame oil, sprinkle salt and cover with a handful of the chopped scallions. Roll the round into a log and twist the roll into a coil (think snail or cinnamon roll.) Brush surface of coil with more sesame oil, and using a rolling pin, gently flatten coil to about 5 inches in diametre.

To cook, pour vegetable oil into a large, shallow frying pan. I suggest pan frying some pancakes while you roll out the others. Cook about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

Transfer and serve hot! You can use a pizza cutter to cut the round pancake into even triangles. Add more salt to taste or just dig in!

4 Responses:

  1. reesie Says:

    ok so this seems like a LOT of work. i think i’ll be content ordering it from a restaurant instead or just having you make them for me!

  2. Adrienne Says:

    REESE: Hahaha! :) It wasn’t actually that bad! I kind of cheated to speed things up. Instead of rolling the dough into a big log and slicing into individual pieces of the same size, I just ripped off random chunks from the big ball. Of course, I’m not great at eyeballing volume so the pancakes ended up being differen sizes.

    Why don’t you just get Frank to make them for you? :P Just kidding! Next time I am in town for a longer stretch we can meet in a kitchen, Reese! You make the chewy rice cakes and I’ll make these.

  3. Lynn Says:

    I can’t wait to try to make one.:-D

  4. momolo Says:

    These are some of my favorite things! Along with packages with string, and snowflakes on my eyelashes…