These little Chinese pancakes are often seen as Dim Sum or eaten on the run when purchased from a street vendor. But there is no reason you can’t make them at home. In fact they are easy to make. Scallion Pancake (Cong You Bing)
- 2 flour
- .75 cup boiling water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for pan-frying
- seasame oil
- 1 bunch scallion, thinly sliced, green parts only
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon crumbled dried red chile
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Stir together flour, salt, hot water, and 1 T vegetable oil. Transfer to a lightly floured surface. Knead dough until soft and smooth, 10 minutes or until satiny smooth. If the dough wonâ€™t stay together, add water in small increments. If dough is too wet, slowly add flour. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes. If you’re not ready to make the pancakes yet, you can put the dough in the fridge for up to a day or so.
Roll dough into a 16-inch log on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 16 pieces. Roll each piece out into a 4‑inch circle, keeping remaining pieces covered as you work. Brush with sesame oil; sprinkle with about 1 t scallions. Roll each piece into a tight cylinder; pinch ends to seal. Press to flatten. Wrap each cylinder around itself to form a spiral (seam side in); pinch end. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 20 minutes (or up to 5 hours).
Place spirals on a lightly floured surface. Flatten gently. Roll out to 4‑inch circles. Let stand 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, for dipping sauce, whisk together all ingredients. (Makes about 3/4 cup.)
Heat 1 T vegetable oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pancakes, 2 or 3 at a time, flipping once, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side (add oil as necessary). Drain on paper towels. Season with salt. (To keep warm, place in an oven heated to 200 degrees.) Cut into wedges, and serve with dipping sauce.