Chewy Chinese Scallion Pancakes

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Light, chewy and flaky scallion pancake

Light, chewy and flaky scallion pancake

Yesterday I showed how to make Chewy Chinese Pancakes at home using the hot water dough method. As I said, these pancakes are great for Peking Duck or Aromatic Crispy Duck. They are very good with char siu chicken or pork. They are great as wraps for any meat.

Chewy Scallion Pancakes is another very popular Chinese snack, even great as a meal with Turkey Mince Tomato Egg Soup. We find them to be a fabulous combination. It is light and satisfying. It has recently become my family’s favourite.

Making these chewy scallion pancakes is very simple and easy once you have the hot water dough. Scallion, also called spring onion, is widely used in Chinese cooking. One portion of the hot water dough can make 8-10 pieces of these pancakes depending on how big you want them to be. Here’s the simple recipe:

1 portion hot water dough
spring onions or scallion (washed and finely sliced)
sesame oil

Ready to roll

Ready to roll

Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Flatten it out with a rolling pin into an oblong or rectangle. Brush with sesame oil and sprinkle some salt and spring onions.

Roll up jelly roll

Roll up jelly roll

Fold in from the 2 longer sides. Then roll up jelly roll. Stand on it ends and let rest for about 15 minutes to let the dough relax.

Rolled out dough ready to be fried

Rolled out dough ready to be fried

Then use the rolling pin to roll it out into a fairly thin circle.

Heat up some oil in a frying pan and fry until both sides are golden. Serve hot with your favourite dipping sauce. We like a combination of chili and soya sauces with some sesame oil added. You can cut into wedges to serve but we love it torn into pieces by hand. I think it looks more country and tastes better.

What type of savoury pancakes do you like? What is your easiest savoury pancakes? What is your favourite dipping sauce? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Divina  on February 5th, 2010

I really love this one. I used to make this last year because I was craving for it. And for no reason at all I love to eat them while I’m watching DVD in my room. I love it soy and sambal oelek. Like a spicy sauce to go with it. I also love some Korean pancakes also with green onions but with added shrimps and scallops. :)

Shanti  on February 5th, 2010

My husband loves scallion pancakes! I’ll have to try this for him.

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@Divina - We were eating this with baked spring chicken yesterday while watching TV….that was delicious and relaxing :D It’s actually so good as a snack. I’m going to try eating it with curry….has to be delicious…mmm. I love Korean pancakes too. I just buy the ready powder to make it. I have to make them again, and eat with kimchi….yum.

@Shanti - Have fun making and eating :P

peachkins  on February 5th, 2010

I’ve seen these pancake and they look so yummy!

kristy  on February 5th, 2010

Mary, this looks more like roti canai LOL! Really yummy…..

The Kitchen Masochist  on February 5th, 2010

I love these. I can eat this by itself, with no dipping sauce.

Sushma Mallya  on February 5th, 2010

Love the flavour of spring onions so this is surely a delicious one..

Tangled Noodle  on February 5th, 2010

I want this! I’d have to make several, otherwise I’d eat it all and no one else would get a taste. 8-)

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@peachkins - They are very popular in Chinese restaurants. Give a try. They are very delicious.

@Kristy - Great idea for me to make roti canai this way :D I just miss the roti canai with dhal curry back home.

@The Kitchen Masochist - Agree….they are delicious on their own…savoury. But with dipping sauce, it’s even better I think.

@Sushma Mallya - Me, too. So, I put more spring onions. In shops, they don’t put so much. So, the best is still homemade :P

@Tangled Noodle - I’m sure you’ll have fun making more and eating more :D

Drick  on February 5th, 2010

glad you posted this one … bet these are ever more delicious and a really good pancake for dipping

Simply Life  on February 5th, 2010

wow I’ve never had anything like that - they look great!

3hungrytummies  on February 5th, 2010

I love this but too lazy to make it, after seeing yours I certainly will try making some!

anncoo  on February 5th, 2010

Mary, you’re so clever :) Yesterday plain pancake and today becomes 葱油饼 ;DD

pigpigscorner  on February 5th, 2010

These look so good!

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@Drick - You can make this and try them out with all your lovely dipping sauces, especialy those shrimp ones :P

@Simply Life - Give a try when you have time. They are very good. Great as a side dish too.

@3hungrytummies - They look difficult but actually they are simple and easy, and cheap too.

@anncoo - Haha…I didn’t eat my pancakes plain of course. I had it with aromatic crispy duck but too hungry to remember to take photos :P Will take next time.

@pigpigscorner - Thank you very much.

joylicious  on February 5th, 2010

OMG MARY i could eat like 10 of these to myself. THEY ARE SO GOOD aiya aiya aiya — i made the mistake of reading your blog in the morning again. DRATS.

ravenouscouple  on February 5th, 2010

this looks soo good to just snack on

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on February 5th, 2010

Oh yep, I love these pancakes! Yours look so good.

Light Delight with TouTou  on February 5th, 2010

that’s my favorite breakfast!!! Oh you just make me miss home so much!!
I know hot water dough has a very special flavor - i like the hot water dough dumplings and buns :-D but i didn’t know that this is made with hot water dough !! hehe, got to try it out :-D

Have a nice weekend Mary, I am looking forward to read more “Chinese food” series!

Danielle  on February 5th, 2010

Mary, Mary, Mary. These are beautiful! I tried to make these once and it was a disaster. But with your pictures and instructions I am going to try again. Thank you! Have a lovely weekend!

Mary  on February 5th, 2010

@joylicious - Oh dear, there goes your diet plan :D Please don’t blame me for over eating, ok? Remember, next time read after a full meal :P

@ravenouscouple - I love to snack on them too :P

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thank you very much :)

@Light Delight with TouTou - So sorry to make you miss home. I still miss home lots :( I’m trying to learn more Chinese food. I really should. Have a fun weekend.

@Danielle - Hope you don’t give up. Do try again. It is actually simple and easy. Have fun trying! Let me know if you need any help.

Reeni  on February 5th, 2010

Such delicious looking scallion pancakes Mary! Thanks for the tutorial - can’t wait to try them! My favorite savory cakes are crab cakes.

tigerfish  on February 6th, 2010

Hhahaa….hello Mary, I swear I did not know you had a Chinese Scallion Pancake post coming up when I commented on your chewy pancakes :P

the lacquer spoon  on February 6th, 2010

I’ve cooked this type of pancake with spring onions and hum, but didn’t work well. It’s time to re-try, following your recipe!!

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie  on February 6th, 2010

Scallion pancakes sound excellent, if we weren’t snowed in, I would run to the store to get some scallions and make these!

pegasuslegend  on February 6th, 2010

So glad you joined the cookeatshare…please post these wonderful recipes to the group so we can share throughout the site…this looks great !!!!

rebecca  on February 6th, 2010

oh wow these look amazing I am also hooked on Vietnamese pancakes do you know how those are made?

Rashmi  on February 6th, 2010

Ohh..these look sooo delish !!!!

Sanjana  on February 6th, 2010

These are gorgeous, Mary! They remind me of Stuffed Paratha :) Yum!

The Little Teochew  on February 6th, 2010

Really flaky and delicious!!!

Mary  on February 6th, 2010

@Reeni - You are most welcome. I haven’t tried crab cakes. Hope to try one day. Have fun cooking :)

@tigerfish - Haha…I wasn’t so sure myself whether I would be in time to post this one :D I’m glad I did!

@the lacquer spoon - I’m glad you are not giving up. Give this another try. Let me know if you still can’t get it. Have fun cooking :P

@Natasha - 5 Star Foodie - Wow….now I think I’m slightly luckier than you. The snow has toned now now. Not sure when it’s going to hit hard again. Hope you can get out soon.

@pegasuslegend - Thank you very much. I’m still trying to navigate my way around there. Will surely post these recipes there :)

@rebecca - Oh yes, the Vietnamese pancakes are very delicious too. I have not tried making them myself yet but when I do so, I’ll surely post it here, hope very soon :)

@Rashmi - Thank you very much. Have a fun weekend!

@Sanjana - Oooh….I love parathas. We eat a lot when back home….so delicious with lentils curry. I think I should eat these with curry. Would be so delicious…mmmm. Bound to cheer me up :D

@The Little Teochew - Thank you very much. Have a lovely weekend :)

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88  on February 6th, 2010

I have also wanted to make these chinese pancakes but not got round to it. This chewy one is definitely a great snack, have to try it soon!

Mary  on February 6th, 2010

@Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 - Have fun trying and enjoy snacking :P Hope you like it as much as I do!

Stacy  on February 6th, 2010

Oh wow, I love these. I have had them at a restaurant before with an onion peanut sauce…they were so good!

Faith  on February 6th, 2010

I’m so glad you posted this, Mary! I LOVE scallion pancakes but I’ve never made them at home…later this month I’m planning on making a Chinese meal and these would be perfect to add to the menu!

Ellie  on February 6th, 2010

I love the texture and flavour of scallion pancakes. Yours look very good.

cheah  on February 6th, 2010

Hey, these look good and yummy. Never eaten these for a long, long time. Thanks for reminding!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on February 6th, 2010

This looks so good Mary! You really know how to turn a handful of simple ingredients into something delicious and inviting.

Mary  on February 7th, 2010

@Stacy - Ooooh….I must try it with that onion peanut sauce. Sounds like an awesome dip. I have to figure out how to make that.

@Faith - Wow…..that’s exciting to cook a Chinese meal. I would love to know what’s on your menu

@Ellie - Thank you very much.

@cheah - Time to make again :D Fun to make but more fun to eat.

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Thank you very much. I love to try things out. We can still enjoy good food in bad times :D

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on February 7th, 2010

Yum, yum! I love adding scallions in Korean pancakes, too. :)

Caveman Cooking  on February 7th, 2010

M2, this looks so good! I’m thinking one of these loaded up with some Daeji Bulgogi would be a little bit of heaven.

shaz  on February 7th, 2010

Yum, I love these pancakes, thanks for reminding me about them, must try and make some very soon. Like your idea of just tearing them apart instead of cutting, food taste so much better eaten with fingers :)

Kitchen Butterfly  on February 7th, 2010

Like this idea….

peteformation  on February 8th, 2010

Love the nice aroma of chunchy scallion in the pancake…

Catherine  on February 8th, 2010

This looks lovely, I’m always looking for savoury alternatives when it comes to pancakes etc - thanks!! :)

Mary  on February 8th, 2010

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Me, too. The Korean pancakes are very delicious. I love it with chili sauce.

@Caveman Cooking - That’s definitely a very good choice. I would love that with the Korean hot bean paste and green leafy salad.

@shaz - I’m glad to know that you love to eat with hands too :D

@Kitchen Butterfly - Thank you very much.

@peteformation - Thank you very much.

@Catherine - Thank you very much. Give this a try. My family likes it very much.

Sarka  on February 8th, 2010

Yummy, it looks scrumptious! I’ve never tasted chinese pancakes, but I have to try it soon!

Shirley  on February 8th, 2010

You’ve done this so well Mary!

Sarah Naveen  on February 8th, 2010

Pancakes looks super yummy!!! I m drooling

Thas  on February 8th, 2010

You did it, I mean the stuffing. I read this post only after commenting on the plain pancake. I love the stuffing, simple yet aromatic:)

noobcook  on February 8th, 2010

Reminds me a bit of “roti prata”. Looks yummy ^_^

Mary  on February 9th, 2010

@Sarka - This pancakes taste different from the normal ones as they are chewy. We like it very much. Have fun trying :)

@Shirley - Thank you very much for your lovely compliment :)

@Sarah Naveen - Thank you very much for your lovely compliment. Give a try :)

@Thas - Thanks very much for your previous comment and suggestion :) I would love to try it….using more types of filling.

@noobcook - It does look quite like roti prata. I can make them this way now :D

Melinda  on April 13th, 2010

Wow, I love to move nextdoor to you pretty soon. Looks yummy indeed.

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