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How do I make delicious scallion pancakes

Updated on June 25, 2013
Fig.1. I am going to make a big sheet of dough
Fig.1. I am going to make a big sheet of dough
Fig.2. The sheet is ready to accept other ingredients
Fig.2. The sheet is ready to accept other ingredients
Fig.3. Spread soybean oil, chopped scallion leaves, and sprinkle some salt on the top
Fig.3. Spread soybean oil, chopped scallion leaves, and sprinkle some salt on the top
Fig.4. The sheet is rolled like this with oil, scallion and salt sprinked inside
Fig.4. The sheet is rolled like this with oil, scallion and salt sprinked inside
Fig.5. The long roll is divided into small pieces
Fig.5. The long roll is divided into small pieces
Fig.6. Make every small piece into the shape like these
Fig.6. Make every small piece into the shape like these
Fig.7. The pancake is made from each small piece is ready to be fried
Fig.7. The pancake is made from each small piece is ready to be fried
Fig.8. I am frying the pancakes on a frying board
Fig.8. I am frying the pancakes on a frying board
Fig.9. The pancakes are ready to serve.
Fig.9. The pancakes are ready to serve.

A lot of people like to eat Chinese scallion pancakes, but they don’t know how to make them and there are many versions. Different People make scallion pancakes in various ways although the main ingredients include scallions, dough, vegetable oil, and salt, because our Chinese people seldom follow recipes strictly when we cook as American and/or western people do. Even with the same ingredients, the pancakes made by one person may taste different from the pancakes made by another person due to the different ways they make them.

A few days ago I read a hub: How to Make Scallion Pancakes published 5 years ago by a fellow hubber, which made me think why don’t I share how do I make delicious scallion pancakes with those of you who like to learn how to make them. That idea brought this hub into existence.

The first thing in making scallion pancakes is to make the dough. I use hot water close to boiling to make the dough. I gradually pour the hot water into the flour in a big mixing bowl with one hand and using chopsticks to stir the flour in another hand until 2/3 or more flour in the bowl are mixed with the hot water. Then use little bit lukewarm water to mix the rest of the flour and use some dry flour to help prevent from sticking to hands kneading the flour into a smooth dough. If time permits, let the dough sit for 2 to 3 hours before use. Sometimes I make the dough before bed time, let it sit overnight. I make the pancakes in the next morning.

The reasons I make the dough this way are:

  1. The dough is almost cooked, it is soft, strechy, and easy to handle,
  2. The made pancakes are crispy outside and soft and tender inside,
  3. The leftover pancakes, while reheated, will not be too hard to eat.

To make the pancakes, I need to make the dough into a thin sheet of dough using a rolling pin.

Look at the photos in the sequence they appare here, you can make delicious scallion pancakes too by follow this the steps presented here.

After making the big sheet of dough, I put some soybean oil on it and spread the oil evenly. You can use a brush to do it, then I spread some finely chopped scallion leaves on the oiled sheet. Sprinkle some salt on the top. If you put too much oil on the sheet, the oil may run out of the sheet and drop on the board or everywhere else, you may sprinkle some dry flour to prevent this to happen.

Roll the sheet as in Fig. 4.

Divid the big roll into small pieces as in Fig.5. and make them into shapes as in Fig.6.

Make each small piece in Fig.6 into a thin sheet in Fig.7.

Then put some soybean oil on a frying surface, heat up the frying surface to fry the pancakes as in Fig.8.

As in Fig.9, the delicious scallion pancakes are ready to eat.

That is the whole process how I make delicious pancakes on almost every Saturday morning. All family members like the delicious scallion pancakes I make and we eat them with egg drop and spinach soup or egg drop tomato soup I will write about later on. You can use olive oil or sesame oil if you like. I use soybean oil just because I am used to it.

Okay, hope you enjoy reading this hub and if you like, you can try it. Believe that you can do a good job if you try.




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