Mu Shu Pancakes

Add water slowly until you are sure how much is needed. Everything from altitude to the age of the flour can affect the amount required.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1⁄4 cup sesame oil


  • Place the flour in a large bowl. Add the boiling water and quickly stir with a wooden spoon.
  • As soon as you can withstand the heat, knead the warm dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth. Cover with a damp cloth and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Cut the dough in half. Roll each half into a 9-inch cylinder. Using a tape measure, lightly score and cut the dough into 1-inch pieces. You will have 18 pieces at this point.
  • Shape each piece into a ball and then flatten it into a circle between the palms of your hands. Brush the top of each piece with sesame oil, and then place two pieces on top of each other, oiled sides together.
  • Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the pieces into a 5 1⁄2- to 6-inch circle. (Don’t worry if the edges overlap.) Continue with the rest of the dough.
  • Heat a dry pan on low-medium heat. When the pan is hot, add one of the paired pancakes and cook on each side for 2 minutes or until brown bubbles appear (the second side will cook more quickly). Remove from the pan and pull the pancakes apart while they are still hot. Place on a plate and cover with a damp cloth while cooking the remainder.