Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Scallion Pancakes/Green Onion Pancake

Scallion pancakes are a Chinese dish, is a salty non-leavened flatbread folded in oil and green onions. The name in Chinese translates to “Scallion Oil Pancakes”. I always loved these as a kid. Now, I can make them myself, anytime I want! And so can you!
This dish is fairly time consuming, but it makes a great family activity!

Scallion pancakes

- ¼ cup of vegetable oil
- 1 cup of hot water
- 4 cups of all purpose flour
- 4 stalks of green onions/scallions, diced finely.
- 5 tbsp of salt (or if you are me, make a mixture of 3 tbsp of chicken boullion powder with 2 tbsp of salt).
- Extra flour to flour your hands and large cutting board.

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour and water together. Make sure the dough is not so sticky that dough sticks badly to the mixing bowl. Add more flour or hot water accordingly.

2. When the dough is thoroughly mixed, let the dough sit in the bowl for about 20 minutes.

3. Break the dough into 4 pieces.

4. Roll out 1 piece of dough onto a large cutting board. Flatten the dough into a large round pancake shape, about 1/8” thick.

5. Add a thin layer of vegetable oil to the whole surface of the pancake.

6. Add a thin layer of the salt mixture over the whole surface of the pancake. Lightly rub into the oily pancake surface.

7. Add a thin layer of chopped scallions onto the surface of the pancake.

8. Slice the pancake into 6 (or 7 or 8, depending on size) flower petals with the center of the pancake unsliced.

9. Fold each petal on top of the pancake center, each petal going on top of the previous petal.

10. Your pancake ball will now have 6 layers. Roll the pancake into a ball, then use the rolling pin to flatten the dough into a flat 1/8” thick pancake again, set aside.

11. Repeat steps 4-10 until all the dough is used up.

12. Heat up a well oiled skillet.

13. Place pancake in the skillet. Flip the pancake when golden.

14. Pancakes are done when both sides are golden.

15. Slice pancakes into wedges, and enjoy!

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