Scallion pancakes, Cong You Bing (葱油饼)
An informative guide to making scallion pancakes. This recipe shows you how to make it flaky, tasty and crispy. Dipping sauce suggestions are also provided.
Servings: 4 pancakes
For the dough
- 250 g all-purpose flour about 2 cups + extra for dusting
- 160 ml boiling water ⅔ cup
For the filling
- 2 tablespoon lard, melted or coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon plain flour
- ¼ teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper or Chinese five-spice powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
- 3 stalks scallions
Make the dough
Put the flour into a heatproof bowl. Pour in boiling water. Stir with a pair of chopsticks or a fork until the flour turns into small lumps and no more water can be seen.
When cool enough to handle, knead the mixture into a soft, smooth dough. Leave to rest for 30 mins (see note 1).
Shape the pancakes
Knead the dough again. Then flatten it with a rolling pin into a thin rectangle shape (dust with flour to avoid sticking).
Evenly brush the lard mixture on the dough. Sprinkle scallions over.
Roll the dough into a rope (from the shorter side). Cut into 4 cylinders.
Stand a piece on one end. Roll it flat to the desired thickness (see note 2).
Store & serve
You may freeze the uncooked pancakes. Pile them up with baking paper or cling film in between, then place them in a sealed plastic bag. Thaw in the fridge then cook the normal way.
You can serve them as breakfast/afternoon snack or as a staple for regular meals with savoury dishes, soup or rice congee.
1. The flour and water ratio may vary slightly depending on the brand. Adjust accordingly. The finished dough should be soft but not sticky.
2. You may choose your preferred thickness. But you would end up with a doughy part in the middle if the pancake is too thick. For this recipe, each pancake should be at least 13cm (5 inches) in diameter.
3. Make sure the oil is at the right temperature when you place the pancakes in. It should be hot, but not so hot that it burns. You can put in a small piece of scallions to test. If it starts sizzling, the oil is hot enough. Again, don’t forget to turn the heat down to medium once the pancakes are in.
Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 350kcal