Green Onion or Scallion Pancakes 葱油饼 – A Recipe

Green Onion PancakesWe call them ‘Bing’ which is  a shortened version of their Chinese name,饼.  Actually,  they are 葱油饼, which literally means ‘Onion Oil Cake’.   Most people know them from their Chinese Menu name of Scallion Pancake, or Green Onion Pancakes.

These are devoured rather quickly here.  They’re a combination of flaky, crisp, chewy, salty, oniony and delicious.

This recipe seems like a lot – I’d advise sharing.  And cooked Bing wedges rewarm pretty well in the toaster oven, or you can keep the uncooked assembled dough globs around in the refrigerator for a few days and cook them as you like.

By the way, the dough recipe is the same recipe used for homemade potsticker wrappers in case you want to divide off some of the dough for a different purpose.

Dough:

  • Flour5 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 C Boiling or Very Hot Water
  • 1/2-3/4 C Cool Water

Put the 5 cups  flour in the mixer bowl with a dough hook.

Pour in 1-1/4 C Boiling water into the flour – all at once.

Water

Start the mixer slowly and increase speed as water gets incorporated into the dough.  The dough will be sort of floury, stringy and messy at this point.

Add in 1/2 C Cold water – maybe a little more if you like a softer dough.

Mix/knead until the the dough is smooth.  (This is longer than a lot of people think.

Dough

You’re developing the glutens in the dough to make an elastic dough)

 

Put about 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil in a bowl and put the mixed dough turning the dough ball to cover the surface with a little oil all over, into that bowl to rest for at least 5 minutes.

If you don’t have a mixer, or you’re feeling energetic, all this can be done by hand.  You’ll just need a bowl, measuring cups, and a sturdy spoon to start. Do the rest with lots of kneading, squishing, and folding.  And tie back your hair.

You can now cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store the dough in the refrigerator for about 3 days before using it further.

Pancakes:

  • 1 Bunch Green Onions  – Some people call them Scallions
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Approx 1/2 C Vegetable Oil (I use Canola, or Peanut Oil)

Scallion Pancakes

Wash the green onions well, checking to make sure you wash thoroughly around the areas where the leaves separate from the the white part of the onion.  Dirt and sand hides there.

Cut the root bit off the white end of the green onions, and cut off any wilted top parts of the green onion.  Scallion PancakesCut the onions into thin rings.

Divide the dough into 5 pieces.

Taking one, roll thin on a floured surface, turning the dough occassionally to prevent sticking to the counter.  You should be able to roll something about 10″ in diameter with the dough thin enough to be almost translucent.  It’s not important to for the dough to be particularly round actually – mine often resemble rectangles more than round.

Scallion PancakesSpread 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil on the dough. I usually use the vegetable oil I’m going to be frying the pancakes in, but if you’re feeling flush, you can use sesame oil here for a nice sesame flavor.  Salt and pepper the surface to taste – I use about 1 tsp salt and and grind a light amount of black pepper on the surface.  Spread 1/5th of the chopped green onion across the surface.

Scallion PancakesStarting at one end, roll the dough up jelly roll style.  Pinch at the end to enclose the onions and oil mixture.

Scallion PancakesCoil the roll up into a rope like coil.  Let rest on the counter or on a plate and repeat the above steps for the remaining 4 pieces of dough.Scallion Pancakes

At this point you can individually wrap the coils in plastic wrap for up to 3 days and roll and cook them as you want to consume them. Scallion Pancakes

But you don’t have to do this. You can roll and fry them all up and eat them all yourself and not share and not tell anyone.Scallion Pancakes

When you’re ready to cook the pancakes, smash and then roll the coil from the top of the coil.

Scallion PancakesThe coiling and the jelly rolling serve to get you the layers that are crispy and yummy if you fry these up right. The coil should roll out to about a 9 inch pancake. The dough will resist a little if you just made the coils. Gluten does that.  If you kept the dough around a while, it relaxes more.  Regardless, roll out the thing and don’t worry about minor amounts of escaping onions.  You can smash them back into the dough if you want or just ignore them.  There should be plenty still integrated in the doughy mess.

Bing
Heat about 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (do not use sesame oil here – it burns a too low of a temperature)  in a flat bottomed pan.  Place a pancake into the pan and fry about 2-3 minutes over medium heat or until the bottom has nice golden brown spots. Turn the pancake and fry the other side until nice and brown.

Scallion PancakesCut into wedges – I usually cut each one into 8 wedges –  and enjoy while warm.

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8 Responses to Green Onion or Scallion Pancakes 葱油饼 – A Recipe

  1. Sheila Brady says:

    Reading this recipe is the first time I have felt the smallest smidgr of homesickness on this trip! Where is my bing?

  2. Vicky Stein says:

    New Hampshire is also bing-less tonight (I ate the last of mine the night I got here). I miss you, Mom!

  3. Lynley says:

    Would you believe I had these at a restaurant last week and thought “I bet I can make them at home …” Your timing is perfect!!! I will try them tomorrow, thank you!

  4. Marie Chuang says:

    I was thrilled to read your blog tonight. If only it isnot late hour of the night, i would have made some. Love the way you fold your ‘bing’ way easier than my messy multi-folding method to create its crispy layers. I know what we will have for breakfast tomorrow morning 🙂 Thank you.

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