Sconegirl and I have been trying to recreate scallion pancakes at home. Every time we eat at a Chinese restaurant, we always order them. We were pretty happy with the way these turned out. Adapted from my recipe for Nonna's Piadina and most of the techniques of scallion pancake-rolling on the internet. —mrslarkin
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: mrslarkin sells scones at the Pound Ridge farmers' market and has been a FOOD52er since the early days.
WHAT: A flaky pancake studded with slices of scallion, with a bonus simple dipping sauce.
HOW: The ingredients are all pantry staples, and mrslarkin's simple, clear instructions make rolling out the dough an easy task.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The best scallion pancake is the one you have straight off the skillet, still piping hot. These are that and more. —The Editors
two 8" pancakes
unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
room-temperature lard or shortening (I saved the pork fat from my last braised pork belly), separated
thin-sliced scallion rounds (green part only)
Combine water and milk in a small measuring cup. Warm in microwave at full power for 1 minute. Pour into flour and stir with a fork until dough comes together. Add a little more warm water or flour, if needed. You want a soft dough - not at all sticky.
Using a bowl scraper, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute. Divide dough evenly into two pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and let rest, covered with a barely-damp paper towel, for at least 5 minutes.
On a lightly-floured surface, roll out one piece of dough into a 9" circle, using a generously-floured rolling pin. With your fingertips, smear about a half-tablespoon of the lard over the dough circle. Beginning at an edge, roll up the dough into a tight log. Then, from one end of the log, roll up the log into a spiral (see pictures for details.) Tuck the end under and set aside, covered with the slightly-damp paper towel, and rest the dough for at least 5 minutes. Repeat with the second piece of dough.
On a lightly-floured surface, using a well-floured rolling pin, roll out one spiral of dough into a 9" circle again. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sliced scallions over the dough. Beginning at an edge, roll up the dough into a tight log. Then, from one end of the log, roll up the log into a spiral again. Tuck the end under and set aside, covered with the slightly-damp paper towel, and rest the dough for at least 5 minutes. Repeat with the second spiral of dough.
On a lightly-floured surface, using a generously-floured rolling pin, gently roll out one spiral of scallion-filled dough into an 8" circle (about 1/8-inch thick). Set aside, and cover with the slightly-damp paper towel. Repeat with the second scallion-filled dough spiral.
Heat 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to medium/high heat. Carefully lay one pancake into the skillet, taking care not to splatter the hot oil onto yourself. Cook until the underside takes on nice splotches of toasty golden-brown. Flip and cook other side until toasty/splotchy (you may want to ask a friend to help you add a bit more oil for the second side). Remove to a plate, cut into triangles and serve immediately with dipping sauce.
For a quick and easy dipping sauce, mix together 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice cooking wine, a pinch of grated ginger and a few scallion slices.