This food reminds me of those old days when I was studied in Nanjing, China. Along the way from my apartment to the university, there were plenty of food shops, also stalls. So, while I'm walking to my university, for sure I'll stop by at one of those shops. And, there were one little shop which was selling this scallion pancake (there is a mandarin name for this dish, but unfortunately I forgot already! Oh my oh my, my mandarin is getting worse now!), and I loved to buy this scallion pancake for my breakfast. This dish is really simple yet tasty. especially if we eat it while its hot still.
Then one day, I found scallion pancake from a disney magazine!! Woghhhh.....a traditional chinese breakfast recipe was published at a western magazine!?!? That's cool :). Also, all of us know that disney magazine is a kids' magazine. Oh my oh my, the recipe must be an easy one.
To make the story short, I make it for our breakfast. The funny thing was my husband. When I asked him does he want scallion pancake for breakfast? Right away he refused it. Until one day, I made it and told him that is chinese style pancakes. Guess what? He ate it, and he liked it!! Hahahahah......at last, I told him that is scallion pancake.
So, this dish became another fave breakfast for us.......yummmm.....
3 cups flour, plus more for rolling
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup water, plus more for mixing
1 bunch scallions (Belzy -- I add more scallions)
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps vegetable oil
For Dipping Sauce: (whisk all ingredients together)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp grated or minced fresh ginger
1 tsp crushed red pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1. In large bowl, stir together the flour and salt, then form the mixture into a mound. Make a well in the center and add the water, first filling the well, then pouring what remains around the sides of the bowl. Use a large spoon or rubber spatula to combine the ingredients into a soft, raggedy dough. If it doesn't pull together after about a minute of stirring, add water, one tbsp at a time (up to 4 tbsps), to help the dough take shape.
2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a ball. Working with floured hands, knead the dough until it's smooth and apringy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Shape it back into a ball and set it aside to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
3. While the dough rests, prepare the scallions, then set aside.
4. Roll the dough into a log. Halve it crosswise, then cut each half into three pieces. Place five of the portions in a large bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap.
5. Dust your hands and work surface with flour. Roll the sixth dough portion into a fairly round (1/4-inch-thick pancake). Spoon 1 tbsp of the vegetable oil onto the dough and spread it evenly over the pancake. Scatter 2 generous tablespoons of chopped scallion on top, leaving a 1-inch border.
6. Roll the pancake into a log. Beginning at one end, wind the log into a spiral as if shaping a cinnamon roll, then tuck the loose end underneath. Use your palm to gently press the dough into a disk. Dust the dough lightly with flour, then roll it into a pancake 6 to 7 inches in diameter.
7. Warm a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat, then coat the pan with 1-1/2 tsps of vegetable oil. Use a scallion slice to test the temperature of oil. If it sizzles at once, th eoil is ready for frying. If it doesn't, wait about 30 seconds and retest the oil with another scallion slice, repeating as necessary until the oil is hot.
8. Carefully lay the pancake in the skillet and fry it until its edges puff up and the bottom is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the pancake, drizzle another 1/2 tsp of oil around the edges of the pan, and continue frying until the second side is golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancake to a serving plate. Repeat the steps 5 through 8 for the remaining dough. Serve it hot or warm with dipping sauce.