Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chinese Green Onion Pancakes

I can't believe summer will be here soon. My oldest son will be done with his first grade in exactly 1 week. Time really does fly while you are having fun. My little baby boy will soon  be a second grader! I'm so proud of him through out the year in many ways. He has grown and learned so much from the first day that I dropped him off at school.  My baby boy is now a little man with many achievements that make his mama proud. So to reward him for his hard work, I made for him his  favorite snack: the green onion pancakes.
There is a Szechuan Chinese restaurant near our place that we frequently visit on the days that my kitchen temporarily "closes" for service. And every single time we go there, I have to order this scrumptious appetizer for him. I don't blame him though, because as simple as it may look, it is quite addicting. The ingredients are so simple and readily available in most pantries. All you need are some flour, salt, water and green onions. That's it and an hour later you will have this delightful pancake to enjoy as snack.
(Adapted from Delicious day)
 Ingredients: (Make 8 pancakes)

1 1/2 cups (200 g) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt (I used only 1 tsp of salt and also add 1 tsp of sugar)
1/2 cup (125 ml) water
3 green onions (scallions, green parts only, trimmed and cut into small rounds, to yield about 1/3 cup
2 tbsp oil (I used peanut oil) for brushing
some additional all-purpose flour, for dusting and rolling
oil, for frying

Sift the all-purpose flour into a big bowl and then add the salt into the flour. Combine well and set aside.

 Bring the water to a boil. Slowly add the water to the flour and knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky and the surface becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. If the dough is to dry, add 1 tablespoon of water to the dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes. (The kneading process can be done by hands or with help of the stand mixer, I recommended the latter).

Add the green onion into the dough.

How to make the green onion pancakes: On a flat and floured surface divide the dough into 8 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball using your palm. Working with one dough ball at a time, roll the dough to a thin disc using a rolling pin. Dust the rolling pin with some all-purpose flour as you go. Brush the surface of the disc with the oil. Roll the dough into a cylinder.

Coil it up like a snail (see above picture). Dust the rolling pin with the flour and roll the dough until flat, measuring about 4 inches in diameter. Set the dough aside on a baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Notes: the pancakes are delicious as it, but if you are the type who likes to dip everything in the sauce, then you can stir up this quick and simple dipping sauce as below.
- 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp sweet soy sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil,  and some chopped green onion. Combine everything with a quick stir and enjoy with your pancakes.

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