these scallion pancakes are a Chinese dish called 'cong you bing', which, unlike Western pancakes, are made out of dough instead of batter. they are surprisingly easy to make and have very little ingredients. the dough is simply flour and water and the insides are sesame oil and scallions. they are also extremely diverse! I personally turned them into a a vessel for my breakfast by sandwiching some cheese and an over-easy egg in between. you could also use it as the bread for a grilled cheese [or any other sandwich], the vessel for some delicious dips or even as a starter dish.
yields: 4 servings prep time: 15 minutes cook time: 2-4 minutes/pancake
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
½ cup boiling water
¼ cup sesame oil
5 scallions, chopped
vegetable oil, for frying
Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the boiling water and stir with a spatula until combined.
* if the dough is too dry, add 2 more Tbsp. of water
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until formed.
Cover with a damp cloth and let sit for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil and diced scallions.
Divide the dough in fourths. Roll each ball out into 6-inch circles.
Evenly spread the scallion/sesame oil mixture over each dough circle, ¼ on each.
Roll the circles up tightly, like a jelly roll.
Take the end of the roll and coil it up into a circle. Using your hand, smash the circles back down.
Using a rolling pin, flatten them out even further to about 8-inch pancakes.
Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy.
* add more vegetable oil in between pancakes, if needed.
Transfer the cooked pancakes to a paper towel-lined baking sheet.