Chinese Scallion Pancake is a popular Chinese delicacy served for breakfast. The batter version is the simpler and quicker version to make these vegetarian pancakes. The scallions in the pancake give it a nice flavor making it a filling breakfast meal.
If you are wondering what the Chinese have for breakfast then I have the answer for you! Chinese Scallion Pancake it is! These pancakes are also known as green onion pancake or Cong You Bing. It is one of the most famous and traditional Chinese street foods and it makes an ideal Chinese breakfast. These crispy and aroma packed pancakes are easily available all around China. The traditional recipe is very similar to the way we Indians make paratha, using a dough. However there is also an alternate way to make them which is easier. No kneading of dough is required here, but just make a pancake batter instead!
I got to know about this delicious dish when we were in Australia. Yes..not in China but in Australia. I am yet to visit China for that matter. Australia was ticked off our list last year when we visited it. It is indeed a beautiful country, extremely gorgeous and yes, has amazing food. After all, it is the land of Masterchef Australia. I am a huge fan of that show. In fact I really wanted to visit the sets when I was there. Sadly I couldn’t. Nevertheless, KR and me did a lot of sightseeing and fell in love with that country. We traveled to Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney and to the Great Barrier Reef. We also used to go for long walks in the evenings to explore the city we were in. We both feel that the best way to explore a place is by foot.
While we were in Melbourne, the fast pace city reminded us of Bombay. Every one was in a rush to get somewhere. Love the city vibe. While we were roaming around the city, we stumbled upon China town right in the heart of it. The entire street was like a mini China. All the shops, temples, restaurants and people were in the theme. It was just amazing. So colorful and vibrant. All this walking had got me hungry. So we just stepped into one of the restaurants to eat. There weren’t many options for vegetarian in the menu, so the server suggested that we try the pancakes which they usually serve for breakfast. Since he highly recommended it, we decided to give it a try. We were extremely satisfied with that order. The pancakes were very delicious. Being the inquisitive type, I asked the server for the recipe. That is when I got to know about Chinese Scallion Pancake! I got to know that we were served the dough version of this recipe and he also told me about the alternate – quicker batter version. I made a mental note to myself to recreate this pancake once back home.
Coming back from the trip, I completely forgot about these pancakes. However, the other day, I was rummaging through our trip pics to select some for our travel scrapbook. That is when I came across the China town picture in the Melbourne album. Recounting the wonderful time we had that day, I suddenly remembered that restaurant and the Chinese Scallion Pancakes! I decided to make it the next day itself for breakfast. Although I didn’t clearly remember the dough recipe but I could recollect the batter recipe because it was very simple. So this is what I was going to attempt!
Add chopped scallions (green onions) and whisk it all together. Warm a skillet and pour a ladle full of batter on it. Drizzle some oil around it and let it cook for a minute or two. Flip to the other side and let it cook evenly for a similar time.
Once both sides are cooked, take it off the pan, cut it in wedges and serve hot.
Chinese Scallion Pancakes are ready. I served them with some ketchup and they tasted delicious.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
- 1 bunch of scallions
- Salt as required
- Water as required
- Oil for cooking.
- Sieve all purpose flour in a mixing bowl. Add Chinese Five Spice Powder and salt. Add water to give it a batter consistency. Add chopped scallions (green onions) and whisk it all together. Warm a skillet and pour a ladle full of batter on it. Drizzle some oil around it and let it cook for a minute or two. Flip to the other side and let it cook evenly for a similar time. Once both sides are cooked, take it off the pan, cut it in wedges and serve hot.
- Skip adding the Chinese Five spice powder if its not available. It tastes fine even without it. Also an easy way to make a substitute for Five Spice Powder is to mix equal parts of anise, cinnamon, clove, fennel and Szechuan peppercorns. It is also common to include black pepper and ground ginger.