I’ve been wanting to try to make my own green onion pancakes for a while now, ever since I found a recipe on Gaga in the Kitchen a few months back. Every time I planned on making them I always seemed to run out of time. This weekend, we had a belated Chinese New Year celebration and I was determined to make them.
Green onion pancakes (cong you bing), is a savory Chinese dish. It’s doughy, with several layers, and has the taste of oil and onions mixed with the dough. The pancake is pan fried, creating a crispy exterior and a chewy interior.
I got a lot of help from Baby Bro and Baby Bro’s Girlfriend with making the pancakes. They ended up coming out really tasty. Definitely better than the frozen or ready-made store bought ones. And they weren’t too hard to make.
Green Onion Pancakes (Adapted from Gaga in the Kitchen)
Makes approx 8-10 pancakes
the flour and water together with a large wooden spoon. Once combined, knead by hand until a nice dough is formed.
If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If too dry, add a little more water. Knead the dough for a few minutes, so that you will have a good chewy texture for the pancake.
2. Take a small piece of dough (about the size of your fist) and
roll it out as thin as possible. The shape doesn’t matter.
3. Drizzle some oil and rub it in with your hands so that the entire
surface is lightly covered, but there are no pools of oil in any one
spot. Gaga said she uses a combo of vegetable oil and sesame oil. Because sesame oil is so strong, we used about a 4:1 ratio of vegetable oil to sesame oil. Don’t be stingy on the oil or your pancakes will be too dry. Make sure there is a nice thin layer on each one, and make sure it is spread across the whole dough.
4. Sprinkle some salt evenly across the dough. Then sprinkle on the diced green onions. It’s up to your personal preference how much you like.
5. Roll the dough into a long rope. It’s okay if oil and onions squish out the sides. Coil that rope into a circle.
6. Flatten the circle with your hand and then use rolling pin to roll out the pancake and thin it to your desired thickness. Ours we about 1/4 inch thick.
7. In a pan, heat up a bit of oil over medium/low heat. Put your pancake on heated pan and let it cook until golden brown, and then flip to crisp the
8. Serve pancakes while still warm and crisp.