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Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Unlike true pancakes, "Cong You Bing" (or Chinese scallion pancakes) are made from a dough instead of a batter. The tasty appetizers are the perfect "sponge" for mopping up extra sauce and can be made ahead of time for convenience. Just wrap a green onion pancake in foil and reheat in the oven. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 pancakes (1/4 cup sauce)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups boiling water
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • DIPPING SAUCE:
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

  • Place flour in a large bowl; stir in boiling water until dough forms a ball. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 4-6 minutes. Place in a large bowl; cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 8 portions; roll each portion into an 8-in. circle. Brush with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil; sprinkle with 1 heaping tablespoon of green onion and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Roll into a thin cylinder (jelly-roll style); starting at one end, twist cylinder onto itself forming a coil, pinching to seal. Flatten slightly. Roll each coil to 1/8-in. thickness.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil. Over medium-high heat, cook 1 pancake at a time until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Serve with pancakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 pancake with 1-1/2 teaspoons sauce: 333 calories, 17g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 534mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.