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Scallion Pancakes

(recipe, Emily Melhorn)

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These are some of my favorite things to eat when I have Chinese food- they are simple to make, require few ingredients, and always satisfy my cravings for Asian tastes. The dough can be made far in advance and then taken out of the freezer for a quick appetizer or snack.


  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. ¾ to 1 cup warm water
  3. ¼ tsp. salt
  4. Sesame oil
  5. Scallions, finely chopped
  6. Vegetable oil for pan-frying


  1. Place flour in bowl. Add water and stir with fork until the dough starts to stick together. On a lightly floured board, knead the dough for five minutes or until satiny smooth. If the dough won’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.
  2. Take rested dough and form it out into a cylinder on a floured cutting board. Cut into 6 portions.
  3. Take one piece and keep the rest of the dough covered with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel so it doesn’t dry out.
  4. Flatten out into a disk with the palm of your hand and roll out dough until it’s about ⅛ inch thick and 8 inches in diameter (if it’s smaller, don’t worry about it; if it’s bigger, consider if it will fit into your skillet). Brush top of pancake with sesame oil and distribute green onions. Roll dough into a cylinder and roll again into a coil (kind of like a cinnamon bun). Tuck end of dough underneath. Flatten out into a disk with the palm of your hand and roll out again to make an 8 inch circle, ⅛ inches thick.
  5. Heat 10-inch skillet over medium/medium-high heat. Add 2 tbs. oil minimum and swirl it around; you can put a little more oil too if you're not oil-adverse, enough so that the pancake will float a little and the oil will go slightly over the sides of the pancake, like pictured below. Add a pancake and cook until golden brown and dry on the edges, about 2-3 minutes, and flip over to cook the other side. When done, drain pancake on paper towels and repeat process with remaining dough.
  6. Cut pancakes into wedges and serve - it tastes good with a gyoza dipping sauce, or just soy sauce.