This green onion pancake, or scallion pancake recipe is adapted from my cookbook “Easy Chinese Recipes” published three years ago. (If you haven’t bought my cookbook, you should pick one up at Amazon.) For the past few years, many blogger friends such as Kamran and Reem had featured my recipe on their blogs. Many readers have asked me to share the recipe on Rasa Malaysia, so here it is, the ever popular Chinese green onion pancake, or in the US, we call these scallion pancake, or 葱油饼.
There are two basic ways of making green onion pancake. One method is to roll out the dough and then add the scallions on the dough, and then roll the dough into a cylinder. The other way is to add the green onions into the dough before shaping them. I have asked my Chinese chef friends and they told me that both methods are acceptable, and the second way is considered a “shortcut.”
When I wrote my cookbook “Easy Chinese Recipes,” the premise of the cookbook is to demystify Chinese recipes so they are accessible for home cooks not familiar with Chinese cooking, so naturally my method is the shortcut and easy way. The first method can be troublesome for many home cooks because the green onions will spill out from the ends of the dough and could get rather messy. I have personally tried both methods but I always fall back to the second method, that is, to mix the green onions into the dough. I find that the dough is infused with the nuance from the green onion when they are combined together.
For this adapted recipe, I also added a wee bit of non-MSG chicken bouillon powder, which is the secret ingredient used at Chinese restaurants to bring out the flavors of the somewhat plain green onion pancakes. If you don’t have it, feel free to opt it out, but a wee bit of the magical chicken bouillon powder makes a big difference, in my opinion. There are two kinds of chicken bouillon powder, one with MSG and one without, so you can choose the kinds that fit your palate.
So here is the green onion or scallion pancake recipe, complete with step-by-step photos. Happy rolling the dough!