Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Taiwanese Spring Onion Pancake/Scallion Pancake 【葱油饼】

This Spring onion pancake was my sister in law Wen Wen's favourite when she used to live in Taiwan.

She asked for a good recipe from me, with those spring onions growing like crazy in my garden, I immediately took the task at hand!

Note: This is a revisit and fine tuned version of the original recipe posted on 5/11/2011.



Ingredients:(Yield 4 sheets of 8 inches/6 sheets 6 inches pancakes)
3 cups/400 gm All Purpose Flour
1/3 cup/ 50 ml vegetable oil (I used grape-seeds oil)
1- 1 1/2 tsp salt
1 bunch spring onion(Use only the green part)
1 cup warm water
1/4-1/3 cup of room temperature water (depending on the flour and moisture level)

3杯/400克面粉(All Purpose Flour)
1/3 杯食用油/沙拉油 (我用了葡萄籽油)
1- 1 1/2 tsp 盐
青葱一大把 (只取绿色部分)
1 杯 温水
1/4 - 1/3 杯 凉水 (根据气候而定)

1. First, take out 1/3 cup/45 gm of all purpose flour from the total flour listed. Mix it with 1/3 cup/50 ml of vegetable oil and 1 1/2 tsp of salt, it should form a runny paste.

2. Knead the remaining flour with warm water until the flour becomes flaky, add room temperature water to form a very soft ball, it should feel like your earlobe when touch. Leave the dough aside for 10-15 minutes, cover with a wet towel or cling paper.

3. Washed and drained spring onion/scallion, spin dry and chopped as fine as possible.

Note: it is important to spin the water out of spring onion, to prevent breakage during rolling later.

4. Spread some vegetable oil on working surface and on hands. Divide dough into 4 equal parts (around 150 gm each) or 6 equal parts (around 100 gm each) , roll it out into a rectangular shape, around 1 mm thick.

5. Spread a thin layer of oil-flour mixture (around 1 tbsp) on it and sprinkle as much chopped spring onion as you can handle.

6. Carefully roll the sheet starting from the top, once it is all rolled up like a rolled towel, with firm grips at both ends, slowly pull and fling the roll at opposite direction while lightly tapped the dough, this is to pull the dough into a long strip, the longer, the better.

7. Rolled the strip up to shape like a spiral shell, tucked the end underneath.
(As shown in the picture.) Leave the spiral shells to rest for another 20-30 minutes.

Note:You can make these doughs in bulk, it stays well in the fridge for 2-3 days and up to a month in the freezer, just defrost/thaw the dough one night before you want to fry it.

8. After half an hour, take out one of the dough and roll it out into a 6/8 inch flat bread.

1. 先量/称出3 杯/400克面粉,再从中取出1/3杯/45克,加入1/3杯的沙拉油/食用油,1 1/2 小勺盐,拌成油酥。

2. 剩下的面粉加入一杯的温水(不要煮滚,煮至水开始冒细小泡泡就熄火的温度。)用个筷子搅拌成棉絮状,再酌量加入1/4-1/3杯的凉水活成一个非常软的面团。饧面20分钟,记得盖上盖子/保鲜纸。

3. 葱洗干净,甩干水,细细切成葱花。记得要甩干水,不然待会儿擀面很容易破裂.

4. 半个小时后,在台面上抹上油,手上也抹点油,代替手粉。把面团分成四/六等份,擀开成一个长方形(椭圆形)的大饼,大概1mm厚,8-10寸长,5-6寸宽,然后抹上一层油酥,四周留空一寸左右,撒上葱花,越多越好。

5. 卷起来,双手捉着尾端,慢慢一边扯,一边轻轻敲打,把它拉长,越长越好。卷起成螺旋状。(如图)。不要马上擀开,把卷好的葱油饼团放一边,再饧20-30分钟。


9. Heat up a cast iron pan/griddle, fry pancake at medium heat, cover with lid first, when the surface of pancake turn translucent, turn and fry the other side. You can use some oil for frying if you like your pancake to be crispier.

10. Cook the pancake the way shown in the short movie below to loosen up the layers, this will make it crispy, layered and soft.

6. 取一个葱油饼团,擀开成六/八寸左右的面饼,中火烙,先加盖,等葱油饼表面变透明的时候,翻面。等饼两面都熟了,还没变金黄色之前。根据短片的方式用铲子稍微推铲,制造千层酥饼的效果。

Short Video:

A cool breakfast to go with a cuppa hot soy milk!

中文 --  香酥葱油饼


  1. WOW.. This looks too good,

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  3. "First weigh 60 gms of all purpose flour from the 450 gms, and mix it with 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, add 1 tsp of salt into the oil-flour mixture, set aside."

    So what do you do with this dough?

    1. Exactly my question as well. Is there any answer to this?

    2. Roll the dough out to a flat disc, and spread the oil dough over... to create layers... you can see it in the picture... let me rewrite that process later...

  4. See this.. Spread a thin layer of oil-flour mixture evenly, sprinkle chopped spring onion as much as you can handle.

    at next step, you spread it over the flattened dough to create layers.

  5. Thank you for sharing the recipe. This is my favorite but I didn't know how to cook. :)

  6. I like this spring onion pancake. I would like to try this recipe. Pls kindly advise 1 cup warm water is equal to how many millilitre(ml)? For the warm and room temperature water, which one to be added first to the remaining flour? Thank you.

    1. 1 cup is about 235 ml of water.. approximately. you can add the water together!

  7. I love your blog and your step by step pictures and instructions. Thank you so much for your effort and your unselfish sharing. God bless you richly

  8. Hi I just found your blog and the food is amazing! I'm just having some problems with the first step, when I add all the water to the remaining flour my dough becomes really watery and I'm not sure if it's meant to be like that? Would love to get this right since it looks so yummy so any advice would be great!

    1. it is not meant to be watery, how many gms of flour are you using?

  9. In Singapore this chicken chop is everywhere and over here it is invented by Hainanese people. Many Hainanese took up the job of chef and worked for many British during the colonial times so they picked up western recipes and came up with their own. They opened many western restaurants and food stalls serving unique Hainanese style western food in Singapore. You can google Hainanese western food and I am sure you can find a lot of Singapore pages. This chicken chop is a well known Hainanese thing as far as Singapore is concerned.

    In Sg Malays are a minority, they are pretty much left by themselves, the Chinese eat everything. Only a small portion of the Buddhists do not eat beef but many do. Hock Lam Beef Noodles is Teochew style and is a Lao Zi Hao for over 100 years. There is also Hainanese style beef noodles which uses thick savory gravy instead of the soup version of the Teochews. the beef noodles recipes are brought over from Chaoshan, China. Stir fried beef with spring onion is a common dish too.

    1. woww.. thanks for letting me know! I shall visit the beef noodle stall when I visit singapore next time.