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Scallion Pancakes [葱油饼]

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Who knew it was so easy to make this takeout favorite at home?! These scallion pancakes are crisp on the outside, delightfully chewy on the inside, and easier to make than you think!

Scallion pancakes cut into triangles on a serving plate with sauce

Hands down, scallion pancakes are probably my favorite Taiwanese appetizers. It’s hard for me to resist the urge to order 3 or 4 plates whenever I’m at a Chinese restaurant, but for so many years, I had no idea how easy they were to make at home. If you can relate, then you’re going to love this scallion pancake recipe and you’re also going to want to make it all the time.

I thought the homemade dough would be complicated because scallion pancakes have such a unique texture, with a flaky, crisp exterior and a chewy inside. Wrong! After watching my mom make the homemade dough, I was surprised to learn that it’s just water and flour and a lot of resting time.

It’s also a matter of technique. You’ll make the dough, section it off, roll it out, brush it with vegetable oil, sprinkle a generous amount of salt and scallions, roll it up, coil it into a snake, smash it down, and roll it flat again. (If this sounds complicated, there are photos below. And if this sounds fun—you’re totally right!)

Hand holding a scallion pancake over a platter of pancakes

What You’ll Need

The ingredients for this recipe are seriously simple. Grab a bunch of scallions at the grocery store and you probably have everything else in your kitchen already!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Warm water
  • Salt
  • Scallions
  • Vegetable oil – You can use another neutral-flavored cooking oil if that’s what you have on hand.

How to Make Scallion Pancakes

As noted above, the ingredients here are simple, which means using the right technique is critical. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Overhead view of pancake dough ball in mixing bowl

Make the dough. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the center, then slowly add the warm water and mix with your hands. Knead and mix until you’re left with a firm ball.

Let the dough rest. Wrap the dough ball with plastic wrap and let it sit on the countertop at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Balls of scallion pancake dough with bunches of scallions and oil

Divide the dough. After about 30 minutes, unwrap the dough and divide it into 10 to 12 medium-sized balls.

Roll out the dough. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and rub it onto your rolling pin. Roll out each ball of dough to make a circle, then brush the tops with vegetable oil. Sprinkle salt and scallions over the tops.

Finish forming the pancakes. Take one side of the circle and roll it to the other side. Then, take this rolled up dough and twist it so it’s coiled up like a snail shell. Take your rolling pin and smash the coil, rolling it out into a circle again. This is how you get those irresistible layers that are flaky on the outside, and chewy in the center.

Cook the pancakes. In a large skillet set over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil and fry the pancakes until both sides are golden brown.

Overhead view of scallion pancakes on platter with scallions scattered over the top

Serving Suggestions

You can make a simple sauce for scallion pancakes by combining soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sliced scallions, and sugar to taste. (A little bit of fresh ginger is delicious, too.) I love serving these alongside Ro Zao, Orange Chicken, and other Chinese dishes.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Store any leftover scallion pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They can be warmed up in the microwave, but I recommend heating them in a skillet over medium heat, which keeps the exterior crispy.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

You can freeze leftover scallion pancakes in an airtight container for up to 2 months, then let them thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. Even better, though, is if you freeze the dough after it’s been rolled out, but before cooking. They’ll keep for up to 3 months in a freezer bag with parchment paper between layers; let them thaw in the fridge, then cook them as instructed in the recipe.

Triangles of scallion pancakes on serving plate with cup of sauce
Overhead view of scallion pancakes on platter with scallions scattered over the top

Scallion Pancakes [葱油饼]

These scallion pancakes are crisp on the outside, delightfully chewy on the inside, and easier to make than you think!
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of warm water
  • Salt
  • Bunch of scallions,, chopped
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, sift your flour. In the center of the flour, make a well. Slowly add the warm water and mix together with your hands.
  • Keep kneading and mixing the dough until it all comes together in a nice, firm ball.
  • Wrap in saran wrap and let sit for about 30 minutes, room temperature.
  • After about 30 minutes, unwrap the dough and divide it into medium sized balls.
  • Sprinkle your working area with some flour and with a rolling pin, roll out the dough to make a circle.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the circle with vegetable oil.
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on top and then scallions. The more the better. If it looks like too much, it’s perfect :)
  • Take one side of the circle and roll it to the other side so it looks like this | . Then coil it up like a snail.
  • Take your rolling pin and smash the coil and roll it out into a circle again.
  • In a large skillet, on medium high heat, add vegetable oil to the skillet and pan fry the pancakes until both sides are golden brown.

YOUR NOTES

NUTRITION FACTS

Calories: 273 kcal | Carbohydrates: 57 g | Protein: 8 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 2 mg | Potassium: 80 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 1 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: asian pancakes, chinese pancakes, green onion pancakes

 

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pdxnancy

Monday 28th of October 2013

I happened to visit Taipei, Taiwan many, many years ago, and these pancakes were a very popular snack sold at street carts everywhere. I absolutely fell in love with them and they became my 'comfort food' while there.

They were sooo yummy with the many layers of flaky, slightly oily, fried dough filled with scallions throughout.

I've never been able to find anything comparable here at home in the states.

I can see by your lovely pictures, how they made those flaky layers by rolling them up...brilliant!

Thanks for posting this recipe; I'm so glad to run across it. I will definitely try these soon!

Julie

Tuesday 29th of October 2013

Thanks, Nancy! They're one of my favorites when I go back to Taiwan too!

Stephanie

Sunday 15th of July 2012

Wait, what... That's all there is to it?!? I'm totally making these from scratch from now on!! Thank you!

Cassie @ Bake Your Day

Tuesday 13th of December 2011

These look so tasty, I can see why these would be your favorite. Delicious!

nicole {sweet peony}

Tuesday 13th of December 2011

oh yum! these sound really good & look pretty easy to make! i love the korean veggie/kimchi pancakes and these look pretty similar to those.

Julie

Tuesday 13th of December 2011

I think it might actually be the same process and you just throw different things on it. I had the potato pancake the other day at this Korean restaurant nearby..soo good!!

Krissy @ Krissy's Creaions

Tuesday 13th of December 2011

Julie these look delicious! I've seem these around before and always wanted to try them. I must try your recipe now :)