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Chef John's Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Rated as 4.65 out of 5 Stars

"These fun-to-make flatbreads are a common fixture on menus in China, and while they all feature the same few ingredients, they come in a variety of thicknesses. The thinner you make these, the crispier they'll be, but you won't get that nice, layered, oniony inside. On the other hand, if you make them too thick, they can be a little doughy inside, so I try to shoot for something in between."
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2 h 50 m servings 200
Original recipe yields 8 servings (2 pancakes)


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  1. Combine bread flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in hot water. Mix together with a wooden spoon to form a shaggy dough.
  2. Transfer dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead dough until sticky but relatively smooth and elastic, dusting with a minimal amount of flour if needed. Wrap in plastic wrap and let dough rest for 2 hours.
  3. Mix vegetable oil, sesame oil, and flour together in a skillet over medium heat until starting to bubble, about 3 minutes. Cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  4. Unwrap dough and cut in half. Roll out into a tube and press down with your fingers. Use a rolling pin to flatten dough into a rectangular shape about 1/8-inch thick, flipping over and dusting lightly with flour halfway through.
  5. Paint surface of the dough with the oil mixture until just covered, leaving 1 inch of space on the edges. Sprinkle scallions on top. Roll dough up tightly to seal in the scallions, starting with the long side. Pull the opposite edge over the top once you have reached it.
  6. Coil 1 end of the dough inward toward the middle; wrap the opposite end around the coil to finish, tucking the tip under the bottom. Dust the coil with flour and roll dough out into a pancake about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat with remaining dough, oil, and green onions to make the second pancake.
  7. Heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat. Add 1 pancake; lower heat to medium. Cook until crispy and browned, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the other pancake. Cut into wedges.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • Feel free to substitute all-purpose flour for the bread flour.
  • You can wrap the dough in plastic wrap and leave overnight. You'll probably get a better flavor, and maybe texture, but the dough will be more elastic, and slightly more difficult to work with.
  • Feel free to add pepper flakes or other appropriate embellishments before you roll these up.
  • As far as the dipping sauce goes, I like to mix equal parts seasoned rice vinegar and soy sauce, flavored with a shot of hot sauce, and maybe grating of fresh ginger. Toss in a few sliced green onions, and you'll have yourself a very basic, but perfect condiment for these savory pancakes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 200 calories; 9.4 24.8 4.2 0 366 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

So good!!! ?????? Tastes just like the ones from the Chinese food places. Would maybe add a bit of onion powder next time. But these are worth the effort!!! Would definitely make again!!!

Most helpful critical review

Chef John is my "go to" man, but, even he hints at the beginning that although there are few ingredients, the process is a little bothersome - mixing, rolling, basting, sprinkling, rolling, coil...

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So good!!! ?????? Tastes just like the ones from the Chinese food places. Would maybe add a bit of onion powder next time. But these are worth the effort!!! Would definitely make again!!!

Very tasty especially with the dipping sauce! And very few ingredients so that makes it easy for me. And also I have to say I love Chef John’s videos. Mine came out crispy, but still a bit dough...

I’ve never had a Chinese Scallion Pancake so I have no basis to compare these too, but I’ve always wanted to try one and these were good! Followed recipe exactly, they were fun to make with my k...

These are easy to make, don't take much time to prepare at all and make for a delicious and surprisingly filling snack. They also keep for a few days in the fridge and can be served up again wit...

These turned out just right. Thin with tender fluffy insides and tender flaky golden exteriors. High temperature cast iron skillet is a must have tool. These are commonly called by their othe...

So yummy! Even the picky child loved them. I have been asked to make them again tomorrow...

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Delicious! Thank you!

I had trouble making the pancake thin enough without having oil break through the walls of the dough. The pancake was very thick and doughy but the flavor was great. I need to revisit this. I...