Chinese Scallion Pancakes

中文食譜按這裡

Servings: 4 pancakes

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 2 cups of chopped scallion (spring onions)
  • 1/3 cup boiling hot water
  • 2/3 cup room temperature water
  • 6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp of fine rock salt
  • 4 tbsp of peanut oil or rice barn oil

Instructions

Using a fork to mix plain flour and hot water to form a dough in a big white bowl

Put 1 cup of plain flour in a big bowl. Add about 1/3 cup of boiling hot water into the bowl gradually and keep stirring with a fork. Use the fork to press the flour together and make a hot dough. 

Using a fork to mix plain flour and room temperature water to form a bigger dough

Add two more cups of plain flour onto the hot dough and gradually add about 2/3 cup of room temperature water. Do not add all the water in one go, or it may be too wet. Add gradually and keep stirring with a fork. Use the fork to mix and press the flour to form a bigger dough. Once most of the flour is wet and stick together, start to knead the dough with your hands.

Using hands to knead a dough in a big white bowl

You could feel the moist in the dough is uneven and there is still some dry flour in the bowl. Use one hand to turn the dough and another hand to knead the dough. The dough would be ready when there is no more dry flour left and the dough is consistent and smooth.

Covering a dough in a big white bowl with cling film

Cover the dough with a piece of cling film and a kitchen towel, and let it rest for an hour.

Chopping some scallions on a chopping board

Chop about 2 cups of scallions and set aside. 

Dividing a dough evenly into four pieces with a plastic knife on a working table

After an hour, dust the working table with flour and divide the dough evenly into 4 pieces. Keep 3 pieces covered in the bowl.

flattening a dough into a thin pancake with a rolling pin

Put one dough on the working table and use a rolling pin to flatten it. Turn the dough and roll it in different directions to make it round till it is about 3 mm thick. 

Spreading olive oil on the flatten dough

Pour about 1.5 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil on the flatten dough and use your hand to spread the oil evenly.

A flatten dough covering with sea salt and olive oil

Clean your hand, then sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of fine rock salt or fine sea salt on the dough evenly. You could see if the salt is evenly sprinkled on the dough by looking at it in a lower angle in the light.

Sprinkling chopped scallions on the flatten dough

Then, sprinkle some chopped scallions on top. I like to put a lot of spring onions.

Rolling up the pancake with both hands

Afterwards, roll the flat dough up from one side to the other to form a roll.

pushing the rolled dough with hands

Use both of your hands to push the air out  of the rolled up pancake from the middle toward the ends.

Folding the two ends of the rolled pancake inside and on top of each other

Then fold the two ends in and on top to form a dome. If you don’t know how to fold the dough, please check out the cooking video HERE.

rolled up scallion pancake on a dusted working table

Dust the working table and the dough with flour and use your palm to flatten the dome.  

Flattening a scallion pancake with a rolling pin

Then use a rolling pin to flatten it into a 8 mm thick round pancake. Do not worry if scallions or oil come out.

A golden brown scallion pancake is being cooked in a pan

Heat up a pan and add 1 tbsp of peanut oil or rice barn oil. Put the pancake inside. Start with medium high heat to brown both sides of the pancake, then turn down to low heat to cook it through.

A cooked Chinese scallion pancake in a pan

Once the pancake is brown on both sides, start to shake and flap the pancake now and then inside the pan. This is to form layers inside the pancake. It takes at least five minutes to cook each pancake. The pancake should be crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. 

quartered savoury scallion pancakes in a silver basket

I normally serve these pancakes with hot soup or curry. They are great snacks between meals too. 

Please check out the cooking video HERE.

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