Street-style Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

Street-style Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 8 of 6 inch pancakes
Author: Marvellina
Learn how to make easy flaky Chinese scallion pancakes without much fuss. This recipe gives you ultra-flaky and crispy result that you will find irresistible
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour about 260 grans
  • 2/3 cup hot water + more as needed about 156 ml
  • 2 stalks green onion finely chopped
  • Cooking oil for frying the pancakes

Oil flour paste:

  • 2 Tbsp bacon fat/chicken fat melted or use coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Dipping sauce:

Instructions

Preparing the dipping sauce:

  • Place all the ingredients for dipping sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil and let the sugar melt. Set aside

Making the dough:

  • Sift the all-purpose flour. In a large mixing bowl, add hot water, start with 1/3 cups and continue to gradually add and stir until a dough ball comes together. Add a bit more water, teaspoon by teaspoon if it's too dry. Continue until the dough ball comes together and no longer sticky. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes

Shaping (each dough is rolled and flattened):

  • Divide the big dough into 8 equal pieces. Sprinkle your work area lightly with some flour. Working with one dough at a time and keep the rest cover so they won't dry out. Flatten each dough with a roller to form a circle or oval as thin as you can
    Easy Flaky Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
  • Brush the surface with a thin layer of the oil flour paste. Sprinkle about 1/8 of chopped scallion leaving about 1/2 inch off the edge
    Easy Flaky Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
  • Roll the dough starting from the side near you to the other side and you end up with a log. Roll it again from the side so it forms a pinwheel. Roll the dough up starting from the side near you to the other side and you have a long log now
  • Roll it again from the side 
    Easy Flaky Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
  • Now you have a pinwheel
    Easy Flaky Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
  • Flatten with your palm and then use a rolling pin to gently roll it into 6-inch circle and about 1/4" thick
    Easy Flaky Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
  • Then place each pancake in between parchment paper to prevent sticking while working to flatten the rest. Repeat with the rest of the doughs. Cover the dough and while working on another one

Cooking:

  • Preheat a non-stick skillet on high heat. Add about 2 Tbsp oil and then lower the heat to medium. Place the pancake and let it cook on each side , probably about 3 minutes or until you are happy with the colors of the pancakes and it is crispy at the edge. Continue with the rest of the pancakes and add oil as needed
  • Serve immediately with dipping sauce on the side