Green Onion (Scallion) Pancake
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1 1/2 cups (200g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder (Knorr brand non-MSG)
1/2 cup (125ml) water
3 – 4 green onions (scallions), green parts only, trimmed and cut into small rounds, to yield about a tightly packed 1/3 cup or more
2 tablespoons oil, for brushing
Some additional all-purpose flour, for dusting and rolling
Oil, for frying
2. Heat the water to a boil. Slowly add the water to the flour and knead the dough until it becomes soft, no longer sticky and the surface becomes smooth and shiny, about 15 minutes. If the dough is too dry, add 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of water to the dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
3. Add the green onion into the dough and combine well.
4. Make the Green Onion Pancake by following the picture guide below.
5. Add about 1/4 inch (6 mm) of oil into a stir-fry pan or skillet over moderately high heat. Transfer a piece of the pancake onto the pan or skillet. Shallow fry each side of the pancake to a light golden brown, about 1 minute. Flip the pancake over and shallow fry the other side. Add more oil, repeat the same for the remaining pancakes and serve immediately. They are best eaten with warm and homemade soy milk.
How to Make Green Onion (Scallion) Pancake:
1. On a flat and floured surface, divide the dough into 8 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball using your palm.
2. Working with one dough ball at a time, roll the dough to a thin disc using a rolling pin. Dust the rolling pin with some all-purpose flour as you go. Brush the surface of the pancake with the oil.
3. Roll the dough into a cylinder.
4. Coil it up like a snail.
5. Dust the rolling pin with the flour and roll the dough until flat, measuring about 6 inches (15cm) in diameter. Set the dough aside on a baking sheet. Repeat Step 2-6 for the rest of the dough.
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!