Crispy Scallion Pancakes

Also known as "cong you bing", this savory flatbread is made by layering dough with oil and thinly sliced scallions and then frying to give a crispy exterior, but slightly chewy, interior. Serve them plain, or with your favorite Asian dipping sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 pancakes


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup boiling water

  • ¼ cup cold water

  • 3 tablespoons melted chicken fat

  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions

  • ½ cup vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Pour in boiling water slowly, while mixing with a fork, until all the water is absorbed. Pour in cold water and mix with your hands until the flour has been incorporated. Turn out mixture onto a clean surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover dough with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rest for 20 minutes.

  2. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Lightly grease your work surface. Working with 1 piece at a time, roll out dough into a thin rectangle. Brush with melted chicken fat and sprinkle with 1/4 cup scallions. Starting on the long edge, roll dough into a rope. Roll the rope into a coil and tuck the end underneath. Press down with your hand to flatten slightly, and set aside. Repeat with the remaining dough and scallions.

  3. Lightly grease your work surface to prevent sticking. Roll each dough coil into a circle, about 7 inches in diameter.

  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add enough vegetable oil to cover the surface of the pan. Add 1 pancake to the hot oil and fry for 1 minute. Flip and fry for 1 more minute on the other side. Continue to cook, flipping regularly, until each side is evenly browned, pressing down with a spatula if necessary to ensure even browning. Remove to a cutting board to cool. Repeat with the remaining pancakes. Serve warm.

Cook's Note:

You can use another oil instead of melted chicken fat for brushing pancakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
13g Fat
56g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 443mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 148mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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