Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Congyoubing)

Chinese Scallions pancake also known as green onion pancake or Congyoubing  is one of the famous and traditional Chinese street foods and ideal Chinese breakfast. Those crispy and aroma pancakes are available all around China. Making your own scallion pancake at home is easy and enjoyable.

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I know that many Chinese restaurants in the world providing this lovely pancake. However, making some at home is a nice experience. Only with simple and everyday ingredients, we can make our own extremely aromatic scallion pancakes. In China, there are, actually, several types of scallion pancakes. In northern provinces, scallion pancake (this version) is thinner, chewy and with less oil. In Southern China, for example, Shanghai, scallion pancakes are thicker and fried with a larger amount of oil and create a even more crispy shell and softer inner part.

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Cook’s Note

  1. In order to make the pancake chewy but still easy to cook, I use both hot boiling water and cold water. Hot boiling water dough (烫面) is soft when well cooked, while cold water dough (冷面) producing a chewier texture.
  2. I suggest using only the green part of scallion or green onion. The hard white part usually pierces the wrapper.
  3. It is quite important to rest the well shaped pancake just before the last rolling out.
  4. In every step of this recipe, cover your single dough with wet cloth to prevent drying out.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cup unshifted all purpose flour  (nearly 300g)
  • ¾ cup water (1/2 hot boiling water + ⅓ cold water) + 10ml for adjusting
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 cup chopped scallion (use green part only)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. Chinese five spice powder (for garnishing)

Steps

Mix salt with all purpose flour.Prepare a large mixing bowl. Dig a small hole in center and then pour the hot water in. Wait for 10 minutes and then stir in the cold water. Grasp everything to form a ball, cover and rest for 5 minutes and then knead until very smooth (around 3-5 minutes ). The dough should be quite soft. Cover the rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

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After resting, the dough should be quite easy to roll out. Divide the large dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a large around circle. Brush some oil, sprinkle Chinese five spice power and chopped scallion (leave the 1 cm of the edge empty).Roll up the circle into a cylinder. And further roll into the shape of a snail.  Cover with wet cloth and rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Then roll out the pancake to large around circle. Be gentle and use your hand as most as possible. To get a perfect round pancake for beginners, get yourself a small pan (18 to 20cm in diameter) and push with fingers to spread the dough over the pan.

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Brush some cooking oil on a pan and then place the rolled scallion pancakes.scallion pancake|chinasichuanfood.com

Use middle fire to pan-fry until the surface becomes brown around 2-3 minutes. And turn over to fry for another 1 to 2 minutes. Use a spatula to press the circle from time and time especially the central part to ensure the circle is evenly fried.

scallion pancake|chinasichuanfood.com

scallion pancake|chinasichuanfood.com

Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Detailed steps for making traditional Chinese scallion pancakes at home.

Course:

Breakfast, staple food

Cuisine:

Chinese

Keyword:

pancake, Scallion

Servings: 2

Calories: 577 kcal

Author: Elaine

Ingredients

  • 2
    cup
    unshifted all purpose flour
  • 3/4
    cup
    water
    , 1/2 hot boiling water + 1/3 cold water
  • 1
    tbsp.
    cooking oil
  • 2
    cup
    chopped scallion
    , use green part only
  • 1/2
    tsp.
    salt
  • 1
    tbsp.
    Chinese five spice powder

Instructions

  1. Mix salt with all purpose flour.

  2. Prepare a large mixing bowl. Dig a small hole in center and then pour the hot water in. Wait for 10 minutes and then stir in the cold water. Grasp everything to form a ball, cover and rest for 5 minutes and then knead until very smooth (around 3-5 minutes ). The dough should be quite soft. Cover the rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

  3. After resting, the dough should be quite easy to roll out. Divide the large dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a large around circle. Brush some oil, sprinkle Chinese five spice power and chopped scallion (leave the 1 cm of the edge empty).

  4. Roll up the circle into a cylinder. And further roll into the shape of a snail. Roll the snail out to another thin circle.

  5. Brush some cooking oil on the pan and move the circle into the pan. Use middle fire to pan-fry until the surface becomes brown around 2-3 minutes. And turn over to fry for another 1 to 2 minutes. Use a spatula to press the circle from time and time especially the central part to ensure the circle is evenly fried.

  6. Remove the circle out and cut into wedges. 

Recipe Notes

For a softer texture, add slightly more water.

If you need to add the amount, during the process of making the circle, do cover the rest of dough with a wet cloth so that the dough will not be too dry.

Nutrition Facts

Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Amount Per Serving

Calories 577
Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 9g
14%

Sodium 501mg
21%

Potassium 516mg
15%

Total Carbohydrates 106g
35%

Dietary Fiber 7g
28%

Sugars 2g

Protein 16g
32%

Vitamin A
19.9%

Vitamin C
24.7%

Calcium
13.8%

Iron
55.6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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