Cong You Bing (Chinese Scallion Pancakes)

The second guest in our no-oven series is the Cong You Bing- better known as Chinese scallion pancakes. This is an unleavened flatbread folded with oil and chopped scallions. This recipe requires only 5 ingredients: flour, water, salt, scallions, and oil. Once the dough is rolled on itself, the oil keeps the layers separate one from another, resulting in a crisp crust and chewy interior. The difference between western pancakes and Cong You Bing is that it's made of dough and not of batter. Takes about an hour from start to eating - it's an amazing breakfast snack. Serve it hot with a sweet-spicy sauce. YASSS!


500 gr all-purpose flour

300 gr water (room temperature)

8 gr salt

1-2 bunches of scallions

Canola oil


- In a bowl add the flour and salt. Add the water while mixing.

- When all the flour is incorporated into the dough- transfer it to a working surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes until smooth and sexy.

- Round the dough to a tight ball and place in a bowl, covered with a towel to rest for about 20-25 minutes.

- In the meantime- chop the scallions as thin as possible.

- After the dough has rested, divide it into 4 pieces.

- Oil the working surface. Using a rolling pin- open each piece of dough into a thin rectangle.

- Brush the dough with a nice layer of oil.

- Spread the scallions and press them gently to the dough.

- Roll the dough on itself. Then, roll it into a snail shape.

- Cover with a towel and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes.

- Using a rolling pin, flatten the "snail"-shape dough into a 1/2 cm thickness round dough.

- Add about a tablespoon of oil to a pan.

- Cook it on medium hit, flipping it every 15-20 sec. Each time you flip- give it a light brush of oil (It’s delicious and worth the calories!).

- Serve while hot next to sweet-spicy dip.



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