Cong You Bing – Made with dough not pancake batter, these wonderful pancakes can be found everywhere in China and in Chinese restaurants everywhere. Making them at home, though, is a great way to make them way flakier than is possible in a restaurant. Served warm with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce to create a special treat before any meal.
Cong You Bing – Shanghai Flaky Scallion Pancakes
- Food processor
- 8-inch nonstick or cast iron skillet
- Large bowl with cover
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 cup Boiling water
- 2⅛ cups Scallion greens, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup Sesame oil
- 3 tbsp Soy sauce
- 3 tbsp Vinegar, Chinkiang or rice wine
- 2 tsp Ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- ¼ cup Vegetable oil
- Make Dough – Pour flour into bowl of a food processor. With processor running, slowly add ¾ of the boiling water. Process for 15 seconds. Add more water, a tbsp at a time, if dough is not sticking together. Transfer to a floured work surface knead to form a ball. Place ball in a bowl, cover tightly, and leave on the counter for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.
- Fill Pancakes – On a floured surface, cut dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each into 8-inch circles. Brush surface of each circle lightly with sesame oil. Roll disks into a tight jelly roll. Set roll vertically standing on 1 edge and press down to flatten. Roll into an 8-inch disk again. Paint top surface with sesame oil and sprinkle ¼ of the scallions across the top and roll-up into a jelly roll. Sit vertically, press down, and then roll into 7-inch disks this time. Repeat.
- Cook Pancakes – Heat oil in an 8-inch skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, slip a pancake into the oil. Cook until bottom becomes golden brown, about 2 minutes. Shake the pan gently to keep pancake from sticking. Gently flip pancake over and cook until the bottom turns golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Lightly salt. Repeat process to make 4 pancakes in total. Cut all 4 into 8 sections and serve with dipping sauce.
- In a small serving bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, ⅛ cup sliced scallion greens, and sugar. Mix well and serve at room temperature with pancake wedges.
- Pancakes can be refrigerated or frozen. Wrap individually in foil.
- Reheat wrapped pancake in the oven to recover their crispness.