Green onion pancake (Tsong You Bing), Thick style

Preparing the green onion


400g green onion
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons white sesame oil
1-2 teaspoon white pepper


Chop the green onion very finely, and mix it well with the salt, cooking oil, white sesame oil and pepper.

Making the dough


3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup hot water
½ cup cold water


Prepare your working surface by dusting it lightly with flour, because the dough will stick to it initially.

Pour the hot water into the flour, and use chopsticks to mix it well. Then pour in the cold water and mix well again. Knead the dough. Then cover the dough with a wet tea-towel or similar cloth. Leave it for about 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 8 portions. Flatten each portion into a thin disc about 0.2cm thick.


How to put the dough and filling together to make the green onion pancakes

1. Take the first piece of flattened dough. Sprinkle the previously prepared green onion evenly onto the dough.

2. Roll up the flattened dough and green onion from the edge to get a tube of dough. Now roll that tube into a spiral (a vertical spiral like a spiral staircase). Repeat the same process (steps 1 & 2), with the next piece of flattened dough, and continue until they're all done.

3. Go back to the first piece of dough you worked on. Flatten the spiral of dough into a disc about 1cm thick.

4. It's ready to cook.


How to cook the pancakes

Oil a frying pan, cook the flattened dough in the pan at medium heat until it's brown, and then turn it over to brown the other side.

How to freeze the pancakes for long term storage

Flatten each finished spiral of dough into a disc about 1 cm thick. Pile them up, using plastic wrap to separate them so they don't stick together. You can now store them in the freezer. Freeze the pile of pancakes on a flat surface, such as a plate, so they keep their shape – you can remove the plate once they're frozen.

These thick style green onion pancakes should be defrosted before cooking (unlike thin green onion pancakes).

Video demonstration

Here's a video showing this method of making Green Onion Pancakes:

P.S.  The photo was provided by our Japnese guest Naoko Kawahara.


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