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Kids Make Chinese Scallion Pancakes

April 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Posted in Ethnic, kids

The simple art of rolling scallion pancakes

We can thank social media for this week’s recipe.

After we posted how much the kids in our food appreciation classes liked Szechuan-style tofu, our daughter’s former first-grade teacher, originally from Taiwan, wrote on Facebook to suggest we try making Chinese scallion pancakes. Little did we know how good they would be! The kids loved them.

And they are embarrassingly simple to make.

All you need for these delicious snacks is flour, water and a few scallions. A little salt for seasoning helps as well.

Start by making a dough by stirring 1/2 cup water into 1 1/2 cups flour in a large mixing bowl. Press the dough into a ball, then turn it out onto a floured work surface and knead for a few minutes until it is smooth. Place the ball of dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes.

While the dough is resting, trim 4 scallions and chop into small pieces.

When the dough has rested, roll it into a log about 10 inches long and divide into four pieces. Roll one piece into a thin pancake about 6 inches in diameter. Season the pancake with salt and scatter pieces of scallion over it.

Roll the pancake tightly into a pencil shape, then curl it up like a snail. Form the roll into a ball and roll it out again into a pancake shape, this time a bit smaller and a little thicker than before.

Pancakes will fry up golden

Meanwhile, place a heavy skillet greased with canola oil (or your favorite vegetable oil) over moderate heat. When the skillet is hot, lay the pancake in the oil and fry on both sides until golden. Repeat the process with the other 3 pieces of dough and scallions.

To serve, cut the pancakes each into four wedges. Present them on a platter with dipping sauces. For one sauce, we mixed 1/4 cup soy sauce with 1 tablespoon rice vinegar. The second condiment was simply spicy Chinese garlic sauce straight out of the jar.

These pancakes go fast

These pancakes make a great snack, or they can be served as a side dish. Did I mention the kids couldn’t get enough of them?


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