Fun with scallion pancakes


Scallion pancakes makes an awesome appetizer or snack. Well, the way I make them… they can probably a whole meal. Scallion pancakes are also known as green onion pie or Chinese pizza. It’s not really a pancake, a pie, or a pizza. It’s more like a Chinese flat bread made with dough, oil, and green onions. The literal translation is “green onion oil cake” or something along those lines.

They are fun to order at selected Chinese restaurants and cafes. Luckily, you can also enjoy it at the comfort of your own home with little effort. They are available in frozen packages at the local Asian supermarket. This is the one I usually buy.

The pancakes are separated with layers of plastic wrap, which makes it easy to peel. It’s a very simple process.

Basic directions:

  1. Heat a large frying pan with some oil. (I like to use cooking spray instead)
  2. Place the pancake into the pan.
  3. Cook for a few minutes and then flip it over.
  4. Cook until both sides are slightly golden brown.

The scallion pancake is ready in a matter of minutes!!! Cut into 6-8 slices.
The pancakes can be served with any of these dipping sauces:

  • light soy sauce
  • citrus soy sauce
  • chilli sauce
  • dumpling sauce
  • Vietnamese fish dipping sauce (lemon juice, fish sauce, sugar, and water)
  • etc.

If preferred, you can also coat the scallion pancake with a layer of egg before frying it on the pan.

LookyTasty’s fancy looking scallion pancake:

This is how I usually make my scallion pancakes at home. Instead of cutting it into slices, I turn it into a fancy looking roll. Before cooking the frozen scallion pancake, I first pour a beaten egg into the pan and fry it lightly. Before the egg fully cooks, I place the scallion pancake over the egg. Once it reaches a nice golden brown, I transport the cooked scallion pancake over to a plate. Then, I sprinkle dried shredded pork over the egg side of the pancake roll it up.

These pancake rolls can be very filling. I’m often satisfied with just half of the roll. I like making them at home. The restaurants serve them way too oily. I plan on learning how to make these from scratch one day. Possibly find a more healthy or calorie friendly version. For now, these frozen packaged scallion pancakes will do. Enjoy!

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