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Chinese green onion pancakes June 22, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Breakfast, Flat and Fried Breads.

Occasionally, we go out to eat. When we do, we choose a restaurant that has kids friendly menu that suits our kid’s taste. Though the entrée don’t suit his tastes, most of the time the starters and salads will make his meal. So we look for restaurants that have appetizer options which are good and meat free.

Couple of weeks ago we went to a Szechuan restaurant. As we knew that our kid loves all kinds of bread, we ordered “Scallion Pancakes” for appetizer. As expected, he devoured the dish. We liked it a lot too. While eating, I asked my kid, “Do you like green onion pancakes, honey? Do you want mommy to make it at home?”. With full of happiness he replied, “Yes! I love it! I am Onion helper and mommy is pancake helper!”.

Though I didn’t know how to make scallion pancakes, I was confident that my blog friends would help me. When I searched for the recipe on the internet, I came across Barbara’s post about scallion pancakes with its history and the step by step instructions.

With instructions on hand, I decided to make them for dinner yesterday. I followed the instructions very carefully and the scallion pancake turned out well and was at par with the restaurant taste. I thank Barbara for the recipe and instructions. As this is the first Chinese dish that awed my kid, this goes to “A.W.E.D – Chinese” event hosted by DK. I am happy with the never fail recipe of Barbara and sending the same to “Your recipe rocks” event hosted by Madhuram. I would love to walk in the “Pancake on parade” event hosted by Susan, with the scallion pancake. As per Barbara, “Scallion Pancakes” are famous street food of Beijing. So this suits “MBP – Street food” event hosted by Sia too!


3 Cups All purpose flour
1 Cup hot water
1/2 bunch Green onions (Chopped)
2 Tbsp White sesame seeds ( I added this for nutty flavor)
2 tsp Salt
Oil for Shallow Frying

** I skipped black pepper as my kid hates spicy or hot food


1. Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the hot water 2 Tbsp at a time while mixing the flour with a wooden spatula.
2. Mix well until a ball of dough forms. Knead briefly until smooth. Cover and allow to rest for an hour.
3. Take a lime sized ball and roll into 4 inch circle.
4. Spread some green onion pieces and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

scallion Pancake step 1

5. Roll into a jelly roll.

scallion step 2

6. Flatten it and roll again to a 3 inch circle.

scallion step 3

7. Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a shallow frying pan.
8. When the oil is hot, place the rolled pancake and cook until brown spots appear on both sides. If you need a crispy pancake, leave it until it is browned well.

scallion step 4

9. Drain well and serve hot.

scallion step 5




1. Madhuram - June 22, 2008

I have never come across this dish before. When I read scallion pancakes, I thought it was like the American pancakes and I was wondering if I had to add eggs in the batter. I was really surprised to see the ingredients and how easily it can be prepared. Yours look nice and crispy and perfect. No wonder your son loves it. I’ll also try it for my son. Thanks for sending it to the event. I really appreciate it dear!

2. cham - June 22, 2008

Yes, this one is chinese scallion pancake, we get a lot in CA. looks great!

3. arundathi - June 23, 2008

I made the same thing from another blog – mine wasn’t fried though – aren’t they just delicious?!? mmm… I love them…

4. DK - June 23, 2008

This is such an easy and delicious looking Pancake priya. Thanks for sending them to me for the event 🙂 I love them

5. live2cook - June 25, 2008

Hi Madhuram,Cham,Arundathi,DK,

Thank you

6. Susan - June 25, 2008

Just like what I get when I order Chinese take-out! Great technique photos. Thank you for joining in Pancakes on Parade, Priya.

7. Zlamushka - July 12, 2008

wodnerful, I posted these a few months ago. They are apparently super popular… for a reason. Great job 🙂

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9. sunshinemom - July 13, 2008

Priya, that looks very tasty! Chinese pancakes are obviously popular – I see one every few days! I liked the idea of adding sesame seeds:)

10. Nate - May 28, 2009

I recently had these in China and they are great. Combine them with a tea boiled egg, steamed bread and some watermelon for a true Chinese breakfast. It is very good.

11. Lisa - April 6, 2010

Thank you!! I’ve been living in China for about a year and have been raving to my family about what we call “bing” – scallion pancakes 🙂 I want to make them for my parents when I go home, so this recipe looks like it will make some yummy bing- thanks a ton!

live2cook - December 4, 2010

Hi Lisa,

Thank you for visiting.

Your parents will love it.

12. copper bowls - December 3, 2010

Your blog is so informative … keep up the good work!!!!

13. Grateful but Anonymous - October 17, 2013

this is great! thank you so much!

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