Hi friends! Hope you had a great weekend! Those of you who “Liked” my Facebook page probably realize I have been a cooking fool the last few days… This is kind of unusual because just take a look at the title of my blog “Weeknite Meals”, you should have figured out I don’t normally hang around in the kitchen during the weekends.
Though the past weekend was special, because August 8th is Father’s Day at Taiwan, but I had a jam packed schedule so I didn’t get to take my Dad out for a carb. loaded lunch. Why carb. loaded you asked? Well my Dad is originally from Northern China (Beijing to be exact), and he grew up eating all kinds of doughy goodness! Though now my parents are older, and they are very careful with healthy eating, so most of the time they keep the carb. intake pretty low. This is why when there’s a special occasion for my Dad, I like to take him to restaurants that serve the familiar Northern China goodies. This year I really wanted to try my hand at making him something, since home made food always feels more special, and not only did he get to enjoy the green onion pancakes, all my nieces and nephews were very excited with this little treat, it made me very happy to see a whole room full of stuffed smiley faces!
Here is the recipe, this is actually very easy to make, though it does take some time and elbow grease. I didn’t have a proper rolling pin which made things interesting at times, though now I realized how fun making doughy goodies can be, I will invest in a good rolling pin soon. (Do you guys like wooden or marble ones?)
3 cups flour
1 cup warm water
3 stalks green onions, finely chopped
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
Mix salt, white pepper and black pepper in a small dish, reserve aside.
In a large bowl mix flour with 1/2 cup of water and stir until water is absorbed. Continue adding water one tablespoon at a time and mixing thoroughly until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. We want a firm dough that is barely sticky to the touch.
Knead the dough about until smooth then cover with a damp towel for 30 minutes. Take the dough and form a flattened dome. Cut into 10-12 pieces of equal size. Roll the pieces into balls.
Place a ball of dough on a well-floured work surface and roll out into a thin circle (about 1/16th inch thickness). Spread a little of oil evenly over the pancake (use more if needed). Sprinkle salt and pepper mix evenly over the pancake. Sprinkle green onions over the pancake. Roll the pancake up from one end like a rug, then curl the roll around in a spiral and pinch the end to the roll so it stays wrapped. With the palm of your hand, press the roll from the top to flatten it. Roll the pancake out to 1/8th inch thickness. Heat a tablespoon of oil on a flat, wide pan over a medium-low to medium flame until hot. Set the pancake in the oil and let fry until the bottom is crisp and golden. Flip the pancake, adding more oil as needed. Remove from heat and serve immediately or reheat in the toaster.
Adapted from Use Real Butter