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The Actual Easiest Scallion Pancakes
This is everything you need. The mandatory ingredients are bold. Everything else is optional!:
- One half cup of chopped scallions (that’s about 2 or 2.5 stalks) If you don’t have scallions/green onions and need emergency pancakes, you can use normal onions or shallots, but you should brown them first because they will be raw if you add them in normally— it will taste different though. You can also use onion grass and/or chives without any alteration in recipe, for another flavor.
- Anything else you want to add in with the scallions. That may include fresh ginger, pickled vegetables (like kimchi!), dried meat, herbs, whatever! Slice everything the same size as the scallion bits.
- Two cups of flour, flour for dough prep
- Anything else you want to put into the dough. I recommend adding salt if your sauce is not going to be salty. You can add some sugar, garlic powder, spice mix, anything you like!
- One cup of boiling water
- Sesame Oil (you need SOME but you don’t have to cook it in sesame oil. Only a little bit is needed for flavor. Though if you have another kind of flavored oil, you can use that instead. That’s not something every person has lying around though. Olive oil will work in a pinch, but the pancake won’t be as flavorful.)
- A frying pan.
- Something to roll dough with. If you don’t have a rolling pin, use a wine bottle or something else similar and clean
- A flipper or a fork
- Sauce things. Make your own sauce you can do that I don’t need to tell you how.
Makes TWO SERVINGS (two pancakes) and takes about 20 minutes, slightly longer if you are a beginner or must chop or cook more slowly.
Is that vegetarian, Meta? Is that vegan, Meta? Yes, and yes! Pancakes for everybody! (unless you have an allergy to any of these ingredients or a food intolerance, please be safe and don’t eat my pancakes if you can’t.)
So you chop the scallions and whatever else
you have in the house you need to get rid of you put in. I added a pinkie-nail’s worth of fresh ginger. Put that aside.
Boil some water, you only need 1 cup.
Mix two cups of flour and whatever other dry ingredients you’re adding or not adding. Then, add one cup of BOILING water. Combine it at first with a spoon, because thrusting your hands into boiling water is not a good idea. But when you can touch it safely (please wash your hands first), knead it until it’s uniform and “sticky” like dough ought to be. At first it may seem like not enough water! But trust me, it is the right amount.
Flour a clean surface, flour it, and roll the whole dough out. When it’s thin, rub it with sesame oil or whatever you’re substituting— though as I said up there, olive oil doesn’t have as much flavor. Then, sprinkle the green onions evenly onto the dough. It should look like a shitty pizza with no sauce.
Roll the shitty pizza into a snake. Then, curl the snake into a cinnamon-bun spiral shape. Then, roll it out flat again into a shitty pizza. The onions and whatever should be mixed evenly!
Roll this new shitty pizza into a snake shape and cut it in half. You now have two portions of dough! Save one for tomorrow. Roll out the other one into a circular pancake about 1/4 of an inch thick or less, and heat up some oil in a pan. You can use any oil, but if you aren’t being stingy on sesame oil you can use some of that.
Brown it on both sides! It should make a delicious cloudy/bubbles crispy-looking pattern. It should be done quickly! When it’s ready, put it on a plate and cut it into triangles. Serve it with whatever sauce you like, be it premade or if you mixed it yourself.
Sauce ingredient suggestions/hints:
- Siricha sauce
- Miso paste
- soy sauce
- peanut butter
- sesame or peanut oil (dash only)
- honey or molases (dash only)
- Vinegar (rice, cider, wine)
- chili flakes/powder, garlic, etc.
- Sesame seeds!