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Spicy Chinese potato pancake
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5 from 3 votes

Spicy Chinese potato pancake (干煸洋芋丝)

If you love potato and fancy spicy flavour, you must try this Chinese potato pancake! It’s pungent and crispy. A great side dish to add zing to your meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Vegetables, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 pancakes
Author: Wei Guo


  • 2 medium-sized potatoes about 400g/14oz
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 stalk spring onion, finely chopped
  • Fresh chilli or dried chilli, finely chopped to taste
  • Ground Sichuan pepper or cumin powder to taste
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel the potatoes. Thinly slice them, then cut the slices into fine julienne strips (see note 1 & 2).
  • Heat up ½ tablespoon of oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Stir in ¼ of the potato strips, along with ¼ of the spring onion and fresh chilli. Sprinkle with ground Sichuan pepper (or cumin powder) and salt.
  • When the potato strips become slightly soft, press them with a spatular to form a flat, round shape.
  • Flip over (with the help of a plate if necessary) when the first side is golden brown.
  • Transfer to a plate when the second side is done. Repeat the procedure to cook another three pancakes.


1. Chinese cooks usually julienne potatoes with a cleaver / knife. You may use a regular grater instead.
2. Unlike Chinese potato stir-fry in which you need to rinse off excess starch on the potato strips, for this pancake dish starch is kept to help the strips stick together.