This is an other another recipe that reminds me of my childhood. I decided to make this because my chive plants have been going crazy and needed to be eaten. This is a super simple recipe. If you don’t have chives, just replace it with green onions. Chinese chives are also available some supermarkets. Chive or onion pancakes are great for snacks or used as flatbread.
These are my beautiful chives that I got a couple years ago from my aunty. Once you have a small bunch in your garden it keeps growing each year and gets bigger and bigger.
In a bowl, mix together flour, salt and water. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes and divide into small balls. I made these balls about the size of a lime.
Roll out the dough until it is pretty thin. Place a couple drops of sesame oil on the top of the dough and spread evenly. Sprinkle a handful of chives onto the surface.
Roll the dough into a cylinder. Then twist it into a circle. It looks similar to a cinnamon bun.
Dust with flour and again roll flat with a rolling pin. Repeat until you have finished the dough.
In many recipes, these pancakes are fried lightly in oil. I wanted a healthier version so I used a dry frying pan. Yes you don’t need oil to cook it. Brown the pancake on both sides. It will take about 2-3 minutes per side. I usually turn the element to medium. Allow the pancakes to cool and cut into wedges. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Recipe modified from: http://appetiteforchina.com/recipes/chinese-scallion-pancakes-photo-photo-recipe/
Onion/Chive Pancake – 5~7 small pancakes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if necessary. The dough should not be sticky.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- sesame oil
- 1 cup of chopped Chinese chives
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a bowl, combine the water and flour until it comes together. On a floured board, knead for a couple of minutes. Add more flour if it feels too sticky. It shouldn’t be super firm but it shouldn’t be sticky either. Divide the dough into small balls about the size of limes. Roll into a thin pancake. Sprinkle a couple drops of sesame oil onto the top and spread evenly. Sprinkle the chopped chives onto the pancake. Roll the pancake into a cylinder. Then twist the tube into a swirl like a cinnamon bun. Sprinkle lightly with flour and roll into a pancake again. You don’t need to roll this too thin. Continue rolling out pancakes until all the dough is used up. On a dry frying pan, heat on medium. Brown each side for about 2-3 minutes. Cool and cut into wedges. Serve with a sauce of your choice or as a flatbread with your meal.
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