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Green Onion Pancakes

This last week was a bit of an exciting one in our household. We brought home a new furry family member! Ollie is the sweetest, cuddliest little guy I’ve ever met. I think he’s just happy to have a home to call his own after spending some time on the streets. If anyone the Vancouver area is looking for a new kitty, I would highly recommend checking out the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) . If you are unable to commit to giving a forever-home to a cat, but have some extra space and time and are looking for some companionship VOKRA is always looking for foster families to help out. Especially this time of the year (it’s kitten season!). This is my second VOKRA kitty and they’ve been super helpful and supportive both times. We’re so happy!

Theres a local noodle joint 5 or 6 blocks away that makes some good eats. They do fresh hand cut fresh noodles with a big block of dough and some fancy knife skills which you can watch through a window into the kitchen. I’m not quite ready to try that, but when the boyfriend and I go for dinner at Shaolin Noodle House  our favourite appetizer is the green onion pancakes. I thought I’d give them a try at home. They don’t quite measure up, but I wasn’t expecting them to; I probably used a quarter the amount of oil as the restaurant does! Still, these are delicious and satisfied my craving from the comfort of home!

This recipe made me 8 pancakes, which was a couple more than the two of us wanted to eat for dinner. This is more of a side dish appetizer/snack than a main dish kind of thing.

Don’t be stingy with the green onions, in fact I would probably use even more next time!

You roll them out flat, add some oil, onions, salt and pepper, and then roll them up like a cigar before rolling them out flat again. This makes the pancakes have flaky layers with green onions distributed throughout.

Fry on an oiled pan for 2-3 minutes a side until golden and delicious looking. Eat when hot and fresh plain, or with a dipping sauce (plum, hoisin, soy sauce…).

Just so you know, this is probably the position the rest of my blog posts will be written in!

 

Green Onion Pancakes

Yield: 8 pancakes
Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

1.5 cups flour
1 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water
1 bunch sliced green onions (about 8 stalks)
salt and pepper
vegetable oil (about 2 tablespoons for brushing and frying)

Instructions

Mix together the flour and boiling water (starting with a fork, it’s hot). Knead for a couple minutes until fully combined and not too sticky. Cover dough with saran wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll into circles 1/4″ thick. I sprayed my rolling pin with a bit of vegetable oil to keep it from sticking.
Brush rounds with vegetable oil and sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and sliced green onions. Roll up the pancakes cigar style and then curl around and join ends together.
Roll out flat again until 1/4″ thick.
Fry in a bit of vegetable oil 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.
Serve with dipping sauce of choice (soy sauce, plum sauce, teryiaki would all be good), or eat plain.

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