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Chinese Scallion Pancakes or Green Onion Pancakes

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I usually serve these flavorsome Chinese Scallion Pancakes or Green Onion Pancakes to my family as an in-between meals snack. As they love them so much, I usually double the recipe when I am at it and just place the surplus in the freezer. Then, I will just simply reheat the pancakes in the oven over moderate heat as either a speedy breakfast or a snack again in a day or two.

Chinese Scallion Pancakes or Green Onion Pancakes

Ingredients

Dough
3 Cups (360 grams) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
A Pinch of Sea Salt
1 Cup (250 ml) Water

Filling
6 to 7 Stalks Scallions, chopped
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp of Roasted Sesame Oil

Peanut Oil, for pan-frying

Method

Make the dough: Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Bring the water to the boil, remove it from the heat to let is stop bubbling and then pour it on to the flour. Mix in quickly with the handle of a wooden spoon. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, transfer it to a work surface and knead into smooth dough. Cover and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

Make the filling: In a small bowl, combine chopped scallions and sea salt. Set aside.

Make the pancake: Working on a lightly floured surface, break the dough into 12 pieces. Work with one piece at a time. Flatten each piece of dough with your palm, and roll into a thin, rectangular shape. Brush the surface with sesame oil and sprinkle with the scallions and sea salt mixture. Starting with the edge closest (the long end) to you and roll up the dough. Then roll it up again from one end like a snail, tuck the end and flatten the roll with your palm to your desired thickness. Repeat with the remaining dough, oil, scallions and sea salt mixture.

Then, heat a heavy, flat-bottomed frying-pan (or cast-iron pan) over a medium heat. Pour a little oil to coat the surface. When the oil is nice and hot, place the dough and fry until both sides are golden brown in color. Serve warm.