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Chinese Savoury Green Onion Pancakes

kitchengoddess's picture

I made these last night and they were so good I thought I would share the recipe.

The magazine says that they are also called "onion oil cakes" I get they would considering the amount of oil in the recipe.  I didn't use all the mix and now I have to figure out a way to use the mix of vegetable oil and sesame oil.

1/3 C veg oil

1/4 C sesame oil

1 1/4 C thinly sliced green onions

3/4 tsp salt

2 tsp sesame seeds


2 C flour

1/4 t salt

In bowl mix the flour and salt.  Stir in 1/2 C boiling water and then slowly add scant 1/2 C cool water, stirring together with a fork, adding a little more water if necessary until soft, fairly sticky, shaggy dough forms.  On floured surgace knead until smooth.  Wrap in plastic wrap; let rest at room temperature for 30 min.

Divide dough in halp.  Roll each half into 16x10in rectangle.  Mix the oils together and spread 2 Tbsp of the oil over each rectangle.  Sprinkle the green onions over each rectangle; sprinkle with half of the salt.  With long end facing you, roll each rectangle from bottom into a fairly tight rope, shape each rope into coil.  Rub a touch of the remaining oil mixture on top of each coil; sprinkle with half of the sesame seeds each.  Let rest for 5 min.  With rolling pin, flatten each coil into a 9in in diameter disc.  In large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining oil mixture until hazing over top.  Fry one pancake until golden brown, flip and continue frying until other side is golden.  Approx 4 min per side.  Fry remaining pancake.  Drain on paper towels.  Cut into wedges and serve hot.


You have to like onions to like these though, because that's the main flavour.  They are not as good the next day, but boy they are really nice hot from the pan.


Pielove's picture

scallion pancakes (post #71301, reply #1 of 5)

kitchengoddess, these sound great-- I will have to give them a try sometime, especially since green onions are one of those things that I can't resist buying yet always have trouble using up.  Thanks for sharing!


kitchengoddess's picture

Go big (post #71301, reply #3 of 5)

The only thing I would add is that I found that by following the measurements they gave mine were not as flat as the photo showed.  On the first rolling I would say make sure the dough is according to measurements but after that when flattening the circle make sure it isn't any thicker than 1/4 inch.

It sure uses a lot of green onions!

Dashx's picture

Thanks for posting this.  I (post #71301, reply #2 of 5)

Thanks for posting this.  I keep looking at this recipe, now I'll have to make time to prepare it!

And pielove, I'm with you - everytime I'm in the store, I buy green onions.  i think they just look so fresh.  I end up tossing some of them each time.

Adele's picture

I've printed this out to (post #71301, reply #4 of 5)

I've printed this out to try.  I'm always on the lookout for a good green onion pancake.   I've done Barbara Tropp's and Ming's with good results.  I'll put green onions on the grocery list and that way I'll be sure to try them soon.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

kitchengoddess's picture

I hope you like them.  They (post #71301, reply #5 of 5)

I hope you like them.  They were really yummy.  Let me know what you think.  Do you mind posting some of the other ones so I can compare??