Feb 5, 2010

Scallion Pancakes

Are they Chinese?  Are they Korean?  Who cares?  They’re Great!  I discovered wild scallions growing through the snow outside our cabin and considered what I could cook to showcase them.  These asian pancakes are delicious and easy to make. 

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You will need:
2 cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
scallions, minced
toasted sesame oil
vegetable oil
soy sauce
rice vinegar
sugar and red pepper flakes are optional

First, get the pancake dough started:  into a medium bowl, measure 2 cups of flour and a quarter teaspoon of salt (salt optional).  Add one cup of warm water and mix to create a shaggy dough.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about a minute.  Form into a ball and let the dough rest for about 20 minutes. 

In the meantime, mince the scallions and set aside. 

Mix 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil into ¼ cup vegetable oil and set aside.

Make your dipping sauce:  into a small bowl, measure 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.  Add about a teaspoon of finely minced ginger and some of your minced scallions.  You can add a little sugar and/or red pepper flakes if you like. 

Now back to the pancake dough:  Cut a hunk off and roughly form it into a ball.  Roll it out to a little less than 1/4 inch thick.  Don’t worry about the shape at this point.  Brush the surface with the sesame/vegetable oil mixture and sprinkle with scallions.  Now roll up the pancake and then form the roll into a spiral.  Press the spiral down with the palm of your hand and roll it out again to less than ¼ inch thick.  Continue to form pancakes with the rest of the dough. 

To cook the cakes:  put a pan on medium/high heat.  Add about a tablespoon of the sesame/vegetable oil mixture to the pan.  It should smoke a little bit when the temperature is right.  Fry the pancake for about 2 minutes on each side.  Add more oil to the frying pan for each pancake. 

Cut into wedges and serve with dipping sauce. 

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