Fried Scallion Pancakes

Whether you eat them as an accompaniment to a Chinese feast, or just as a snack or appetizer, these salty fried pancakes are a popular street food snack served up hot in East Asia. Plain soy sauce is the perfect dip.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1⁄2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3⁄4 cup hot water
  • 6 scallions, chopped (green parts only)
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Slowly add 2 teaspoons sesame oil and water, mixing just until a dough forms. You may need a little bit less than 3⁄4 cup water.
  • Knead dough for a few minutes, then let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 6 balls (2 inches). Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface. Brush with remaining sesame oil and cover with scallions. Roll up dough and twist to form a ball. Roll out again 1⁄4 inch thick.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry each pancake in hot oil 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Slice into squares or wedges and serve.