Chinese Scallion thin Pancakes or Cong You Bing are healthy and vegan! This is a quick and easy batter version of this Asian delicacy made with green onions.
The scallions in the pancake give it a nice flavor making it a filling breakfast meal or snack.
What the Chinese have for breakfast?
If you are wondering that then I have the answer for you! One of their popular breakfast menu items is Scallion Pancakes!
These pancakes are also known as green onion pancake or Cong You Bing and are a favorite "breakfast on the run".
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.
They are usually topped with a fried egg, finely chopped mustard pickles, scallions, coriander, and a spicy sauce.
The traditional recipe is very similar to the way we Indians make Lachha Paratha, using a dough.
The prepared dough is used to make layered, flaky, crispy pancakes, and is cooked in lard.
There are several types of Cong You Bing that you can make but I have liked this batter version the best.
Where we had these first
We tried this delicious snack when we were holidaying in Australia. In Melbourne, we stumbled upon China town right in the heart of it.
All the shops, temples, restaurants, and people in that street made us feel like we are in China.
The feel of that street was so colorful and vibrant that it was just amazing.
Since we love exploring world cuisine, we stepped into one of the local restaurants to eat.
There weren't many options for vegetarians on 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.
I made a mental note to myself to recreate this pancake once back home.
Why make this
These thin pancakes or crepes are very delicious. There are 2 versions of this recipe. One is the dough version and the alternate easy and quicker one is the batter version.
- These are vegan
- It's an instant batter recipe
- Quick, easy, and simple to make
- No kneading of dough required
- Can be served for breakfast or as a snack
I love this savory pancake recipe because it can be made with basic pantry ingredients.
Plus all you need is just one bowl, a whisk, and a skillet!
Flour - It's normally made with all-purpose flour. But feel free to experiment with other flours.
Chinese Five Spice Powder - This gives it an authentic Chinese flavor. Read notes for substitution options.
Here's how to make it
Add water to give it a batter consistency. It should be neither too thick nor too thin.
Add chopped scallions (green onions) and whisk it all together.
When pouring, do not place all of it in the center, swirl it evenly by rotating the spoon to make a basic round pancake.
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.
Chinese Scallion Pancakes are ready. Cut it in wedges and serve hot. I serve them with this dipping sauce or ketchup and they taste delicious.
It’s a savory and filling breakfast that the entire family can enjoy. It can also be served as a side or as a snack accompanying a bowl of soup or salad.
Top tips, recommendations, and suggestions
Be generous when adding the scallions. They are critical to this recipe. Feel free to add some herbs like chives to give these pancakes more aromatic flavor.
Other ingredients, such as chopped fennel greens and sesame seeds can also be added with the green onions.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil to the batter to make these green onion pancakes crispier.
Chinese Five Spice Powder substitution
This authentic spice mix is a mix of Star Anise, Fennel Seeds, Szechuan Peppercorns, Cloves, and Cinnamon.
While this spice mix is easily available in all leading grocery stores, here's how to substitute it.
Use 3/4 tsp garam masala along with 1/4 tsp star anise powder.
Or a combination of cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and ground cloves can be a workable substitute as it covers most of the five.
How to store them?
Place the leftover green onion pancakes in a zip-top container. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Even the dipping sauce can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. But it's best to make it fresh.
To reheat, place a pancake on a pan and heat over medium heat, cook, flip occasionally until the pancakes turn warm throughout.
Alternatively, you can also reheat them in the Microwave.
The batter stays good in the fridge for 4-5 days. Just remember to stir it before use. You can also freeze this batter for 2 months.
My favorite pancakes and crepes
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Chinese Scallion Pancakes | Cong You Bing
To make the pancakes
To make the pancakes
- Sieve all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl. Add Chinese Five Spice Powder and salt.
- Add water to give it a batter consistency. It should be neither too thick nor too thin.
- Add chopped scallions (green onions) and whisk it all together.
- Warm a skillet and pour a ladle full of batter on it.
- When pouring, do not place all of it in the center, swirl it evenly by rotating the spoon to make a basic round pancake.
- 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.
To prepare the dipping sauce
- Mix rice vinegar, coconut aminos or soy sauce, sesame oil, sweet seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Serve this sauce along with the green onion pancakes.
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