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a set of hands dunking a piece of Chinese Scallion Pancake into the dipping sauce

Chinese Scallion Pancakes | Cong You Bing

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.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Korean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 280.42kcal



To make the pancakes

To prepare the dipping sauce


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.


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.
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. 


Calories: 280.42kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.62g | Protein: 6.91g | Fat: 4.44g | Saturated Fat: 0.61g | Sodium: 176.61mg | Potassium: 108.65mg | Fiber: 2.18g | Sugar: 1.3g | Vitamin A: 133.94IU | Vitamin C: 1.49mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 3.64mg