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Tianjin Style Spring Onion Pancakes Recipe

Tianjin Style Spring Onion Pancakes Recipe

Tianjin Style Spring Onion Pancakes Recipe

This is one of the oldest wheat-based dishes in northern China. The preparation process takes time and patience, but is actually quite easy and the result is always worth the effort. No yeast or baking powder is required. Follow the instructions carefully and you’ll produce a perfect pancake.

Ingredients :

    • 300 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup (250 ml) hot water
    • 2–3 tablespoons cold water
    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 12 spring onions, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons oil

Method :

    1. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and pour the hot water into the center of the flour, mixing it quickly with a wooden spoon. Then gradually add the cold water, continuing to mix, until a firm dough is formed. Set aside to rest for 10 minutes.
    2. Place the dough onto a clean floured work surface and knead vigorously until it is smooth and pliant, about 10 minutes. Roll the dough into a cylinder and cut it into 6 equal pieces. Use a floured rolling pin to roll each piece into a round pancake about 15 cm (6 in) in diameter. Brush the top of each pancake with some of the sesame oil and sprinkle some spring onions and salt on top.
    3. Fold each pancake in half, then roll it up into a cigar shape. Pinch the ends closed, hold one end in the palm of one hand and use the other hand to twist the rolled dough into a spiral, pressing the spiral down onto the palm to flatten it.
    4. Place each spiral face-up on a floured board and use a floured rolling pin to roll it into a round pancake, about 10 cm (4 in) in diameter. Set each pancake aside after rolling.
    5. Heat the oil over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. Fry the pancakes two or three at a time (depending on size of frying pan) for 3–4 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent sticking and encourage puffing. Turn once and fry the other side for 3–4 minutes, shaking the pan. When done, transfer the pancakes to a plate covered with paper towels and continue to fry the other pancakes in the same manner. Serve warm as an accompaniment to other dishes.

Makes 6 pieces
Preparation time : 35 mins
Cooking time : 8 mins

spring-onions

Brush the top of each pancake with sesame oil and sprinkle some spring onions and salt on top.

spring onions 2

Twist the rolled dough into a spiral, pressing the spiral down onto the palm to flatten it.