How To Make Chewy Chinese Pancakes

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Chewy Chinese pancakes

Chewy Chinese pancakes

These chewy Chinese Pancakes are the best for making any Chinese wraps. They taste very different from store bought ones or those eaten at the restaurant. Once you have tried these, you will not want to use the ready ones any more. They are the best for Peking Duck or Aromatic Crispy Duck, our all time favourites at home. It is very expensive to eat these in restaurants so why not try it out at home. The pancakes may be a little time consuming but it’s worth all the effort. You can use it to wrap other meat dishes too.

The way to make these chewy Chinese pancakes is called the ‘Hot Water Dough‘ method where the flour is blanched with boiling water. This cooks the flour and makes the dough chewy when made into pancakes. This dough is mainly used in fried or steamed dishes. It is used in making many Chinese starters or dim sum like steamed Chinese dumplings or pot stickers. Most restaurants use cold water dough method to make these dumplings because it is more convenient. But there is a difference when you eat it. I do that sometimes too.

The ingredients for making these pancakes are very simple but it may take you a few practices to get it right…thickness and texture. I make these often so it has become quite easy for me. From this hot water dough, you can make a few other dishes out of it which I will be sharing soon.

Here’s the recipe for the hot water dough:

300g flour
200g boiling water
50g cold water
sesame oil

Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Add in the boiling water and stir with a pair of chopsticks. Add the cold water and mix. Then using hand, knead it to a smooth soft dough. You will need to add more flour as you knead, maybe about half a cup or more. This is the hot water dough that you will need for many Chinese starters or dim sum.

To make chewy Chinese pancakes, divide into 20 pieces.

A pair of dough pieces to be rolled out

A pair of dough pieces to be rolled out

Roll each into a ball and flatten slightly. Brush sesame oil on 10 pieces. Put another piece on it and roll it out thin with a rolling pin.

Roll out the dough

Roll out the dough

Heat up a frying pan and pan fry it until light brown on both sides. Remove.

Chewy Chinese Pancakes

Chewy Chinese Pancakes

Let it cool down a little and pull the two pieces apart gently. They should come off quite easily. Do the same to the rest of the dough. When all is done, you are ready to enjoy using it for making wraps. They are chewy and very delicious.

Have you ever tried these homemade chewy pancakes? What is your favourite Chinese wrap? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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diva  on February 4th, 2010

oh thanks for the recipe. I always wondered how to get those pancakes! :)

Sushma Mallya  on February 4th, 2010

Nice pancakes,looks good mary..

Divina  on February 4th, 2010

I love Peking Duck. I’ve made this wrapper before but that was a long, long time ago. Hehe. I should be making this again but I need to have some peking duck first. :) But your char siew chicken would be great as well.

peteformation  on February 4th, 2010

Hah, this makes nice wrap for meaty food.

Mary  on February 4th, 2010

@diva - Now you can have fun making them :P

@Sushma Mallya - Thank you very much.

@Divina - Yes, my char siu chicken is great too but sometimes we want the real thing :D Usually we would just buy the Peking Duck or Aromatic Crispy Duck and bake or rebake it oursleves and enjoy a lovely meal at home.

@peteformation - It does. Give a try. It’s chewy and nice.

3hungrytummies  on February 4th, 2010

Oh thanks for the recipe! I’ll be saving a lot of money by making it at home!

penny aka jeroxie  on February 4th, 2010

Lovely! I can make chives pancakes… yum yum!

Mary  on February 4th, 2010

@3hungrytummies - Every penny counts especially in this bad economy. We can still have good food :D

@penny aka jeroxie - That’s sure my favourite too, with a lovely dipping sauce….mmmm :P

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on February 4th, 2010

Wow, you make me feel craving for Peking duck, Mary!

Love the wrappers of Peking Duck! Would you post how to roast Peking duck?

noobcook  on February 4th, 2010

love the Chinese wraps for peking duck, now I know how it’s done hehe

The Kitchen Masochist  on February 4th, 2010

This looks similar to… don’t remember which one they’re called, either… roti canai or… that one flat round Indian bread.

anncoo  on February 4th, 2010

Thanks for sharing this…

doggybloggy  on February 4th, 2010

thanks for the recipe - how are these different from scallion pancakes?

Tasty Trix  on February 4th, 2010

Oh how fun!!!

Wendy  on February 4th, 2010

Fantastic Mary! I never thought of making them before - thanks for explaining it so well, I think I might be able to do it!

Mary  on February 4th, 2010

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - I wish I know how to make Peking duck. I always buy it. As for the aromatic crispy duck, I always buy the frozen ready roasted one. I hope to learn how to make Peking duck. May be one day…. :)

@noobcook - Have fun making them :)

@The Kitchen Masochist - No, it’s different from roti canai or chapati which go very well with curry. But this is purely Chinese way for making dumplings or for wraps.

@anncoo - You are most welcome.

@doggybloggy - These pancakes are for making wraps whereas scallion pancakes are to eat by itself with a nice dipping sauce.

@Tasty Trix - It is :D

@Wendy - Give a try. Have fun making and eating :P

rebecca  on February 4th, 2010

oh cool chinese pancakes, with duck this would be awesome

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on February 4th, 2010

Oh I love flat pancakes like this! Sometimes I make something similar to this with kimchi in it. But the dough is way more liquidy than this. This is more like tortilla? They look so good.

Juliana  on February 4th, 2010

Mary, thank you so much for the recipe, I’ll definitely try it, I love the chewy texture :-)

sippitysup  on February 4th, 2010

This is a good one to know how to make! GREG

Mary  on February 4th, 2010

@Rebecca - We really love it with duck….Peking Duck and Aromatic Crispy Duck being our favourite.

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - They look like tortilla but the texture is different. Unlike tortilla, baking powder is not used here. I love the Korean pancakes very much too. Adding kimchi for the filling is a great idea….yum

@Juliana - You are most welcome. Have fun making and eating!

@sippitysup - It’s fun to make and eat. Give a try.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on February 4th, 2010

Sounds like very useful recipe, often wondered how to do these

Catherine  on February 4th, 2010

Oooh these look lovely! Thanks for the great instructions :)

Anna  on February 4th, 2010

That’s lovely, nice instructions,I should definitely try it. ;-)

Mary  on February 4th, 2010

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - They are really simple to make. The more you practice, the better you become.

@Catherine - Thank you very much. You are most welcome.

@Anna - Thank you very much. Have fun making and eating :P

Faith  on February 4th, 2010

Absolutely delicious, Mary! I love ordering these when we eat out, but I’ve never made them at home. I can’t wait to try this!

tigerfish  on February 4th, 2010

Is that how they prepare the Chinese Scallion Pancake too?

Roti n Rice  on February 4th, 2010

Thanks for sharing…it’s pretty cool to be able to make your own wraps! You make it look easy :)

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie  on February 4th, 2010

These look terrific - thanks so much for an excellent step by step tutorial!

Sonja @ ActiveFoodie  on February 4th, 2010

Oh my, I can only imagine how good these homemade pancakes with some peking duck would be!! Who knew that making these pancakes was so simple too! Thanks for sharing!

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@Faith - Now you can make them yourself and save a lot of $$$ :P Have fun trying!

@tigerfish - The dough is the same one for scallion pancake which is coming up on my blog soon.

@Roti n Rice - Give a try. It’s simple and easy and fun to make too.

@Natasha - 5 Star Foodie - You are most welcome. Thanks very much for your lovely comment.

@Sonja @ ActiveFoodie - You are most welcome. Have fun trying :)

Janice  on February 5th, 2010

Love these with moo shu pork, and I love them even more with peking duck as well…so much possibilities with these pancakes

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@Janice - Totally agree with you that there are so many possibilities. We can go wild with our creativity :D

Giles, Anyone For Seconds?  on February 5th, 2010

I have always wanted to know how to make them! After I make your Curried Sweet Potato Chips at the weekend, I will have to have a go at these :)

Tangled Noodle  on February 5th, 2010

This is much easier to make than I thought! I love the idea of making my own wraps, tortillas, flatbreads, and pancakes to use with fillings and this is a perfect one to try. Thanks!

pigpigscorner  on February 5th, 2010

I like chewy pancakes but I’m too lazy to make my own =P looks really god!

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@Giles, Anyone For Seconds? - You look like having lots of fun trying :) Enjoy all the cooking and eating!

@Tangled Noodle - Give a try. After a couple of times, you will find it very easy. Have fun cooking :P

@pigpigscorner - Once you make these, you’ll find that they are really easy and taste great for wraps.

Mimi  on February 5th, 2010

These sound so delicious, just the thing to have for a quick snack. Do they keep well if made ahead?

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@Mimi - The best is freshly made but sometimes I also make ahead by a few hours. Sometimes I made extra and kept in the fridge and warm up in a frying pan again when I need it.

Trissa  on February 6th, 2010

Hi Mary! I just came back from Hong Kong and overdosed on Peking Duck - I thought I could not eat another duck pancake until I saw the recipe you posted here. Now I am craving for it all again!

cheah  on February 6th, 2010

This looks like roti canai. Think adding some chives and dried shrimps to the batter will be nice.

Mary  on February 6th, 2010

@Trissa - I hope you had a great trip. I can imagine all the wonderful food that you ate there. Peking Duck…my favourite. I think I can never have enough of it. Now you make me crave for it again :D

@cheah - I should make roti canai this way and eat with dhal curry…ooooh, so delicious! I should try adding spring onions and dried shrimps next time…sounds very good…..yum :P Thanks for suggetsion.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on February 6th, 2010

Thanks for this post Mary! My sister has been experimenting with different ways to make these so I’ll be passing on a link to this post (and hopefully one day enjoying her further experimentation… I wish I lived closer to her cooking)

Cristina @ TeenieCakes  on February 7th, 2010

Hi Mary: At first glance, these Chinse pancakes look like tortillas! I’m gonna have to give this a try.

Mary  on February 7th, 2010

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - I hope your sister can get it right this time. It can be a bit tricky. But it should become easier after a few practices. When I first tried it out, the pancakes all came out in different sizes and thickness :D

pierre  on February 7th, 2010

hi mary this is time for crepes in france too !! cheers Pierre

Thas  on February 8th, 2010

This reminds me of Indian chapati, with the sesame oil this must have been aromatic, btw am obsessed with sesame these days :)
Next time when you make this stuff the dough with potato or meat stuffing and roll it, that would make this more delicious.

Mary  on February 9th, 2010

@pierre - I must try French crepes. They are so delicious with chocolate spread or sprinkled with lime and sugar…my favourite….mmmm. It makes me happy :)

@Thas - It does look quite like chapati. I must try to make chapati too :D I love sesame too. I use a lot in my food especially to add into dips. Thanks very much for your suggestion. I’m going to try that. Have to be delicious…mmmm :)

PJ  on February 19th, 2010

Hi Mary..Came here thro Tobias Blogroll.We too make the same in India and call it chaapthi/Parotta.Here in China I call these pancakes Chinese chapathi and love them witha little spicy sauce.Love the scallion version too.

Mary  on February 19th, 2010

@PJ - Thanks very much for visiting and for your lovely comment :) These do look like chapatis except that they are made from hot water to create that chewiness.

LeQuan  on March 12th, 2011

aaaaack! i must learn how to make these! unfortunately flour and i are not very good friends, but i’m working on it.
and if i’m going to be stalking all your wonderful recipes, seems like i may need to get me a scale. my kiddies love onion cake and we all love peking duck. how can i not know how to make these?

louise  on May 20th, 2012

Lovely recipe !Thanks !
Do you think we could just steam them instead of frying them ?
Thank you !

Mary  on May 23rd, 2012

@LeQuan - Gosh…I must have missed this somehow….hmmm. Hope you had been making these pancakes for your peking duck :D

@Louise - Thanks very much for dropping by! No, I don’t think you can steam these pancakes. But you can give it a try. if it doesn’t work, you can still slice it up into strips and add to a nice soup….like noodle soup :D

Louise  on May 23rd, 2012

Thank you very much for your answer ! Have a wonderful day !

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