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Green Onion Pancakes

Also known as scallion pancakes and cong you bing.

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Editor's Note: Looking for a tasty appetizer or snack? Look no further than this tasty and traditional Korean dish. Green Onion Pancakes go by several names! They're also called scallion pancakes or cong you bing. No matter what you call them, you're sure to love them.

Eaten as a snack, appetizer or meal, the secret to making any jun crispy is to use very cold water in the batter. Rice flour gives it a slightly chewier, stickier texture. If you can’t find rice flour, you can use all-purpose flour instead. This is the recipe for basic green onion pancakes, but you can add sliced mushrooms (oyster or shiitake), carrots, mung bean sprouts, or red peppers.

NotesVARIATION: To add a little color and a different flavor, julienne a few sweet red peppers and add to the batter. Make the recipe as usual.

Makes4 servings

Cooking MethodPan-frying

CostInexpensive

Easy

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe CourseHot Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Lactose-free, Low Cholesterol, Low Saturated Fat, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

EquipmentGriddle

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner, Lunch, Snack

Taste and TextureChewy, Crisp, Light, Savory

Type of DishPancakes

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • Cold water
  • 5 green onions, cut on the diagonal into about 1½-inch pieces
  • Dash of black pepper (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Combine the flours and about ¾ cup cold water, adding water a little bit at a time and mixing until the mixture is the consistency of thin pancake batter. Add the green onions and optional black pepper and mix.

  2. In a large skillet or on a griddle, add just enough vegetable oil to thinly cover the surface, about 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn the heat to medium high. Add ½ the batter onto the frying pan in a large flat circle. Cook on one side until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side. Lower the heat as necessary to prevent burning, adding more oil as needed. Remove the pancake. Pour the remaining batter and repeat.

  3. Cut the pancake into 4 or 8 pieces.

  4. Serve hot with Seasoned Soy Sauce (Yangnyum Ganjang) or Vinegar Soy Sauce (Cho Ganjang).

What to Serve with Scallion Pancakes? (Editor's Note)

These green onion pancakes are a tasty dish that can easily be enjoyed all by themselves. If you're looking to found out the meal, however, consider serving them with the following:

  1. Dipping Sauces - Adding a sauce to these yummy pancakes can really elevate them as an appetizer. You could serve them with sour cream, soy sauce, or even sweet and sour sauce.
     
  2. Salads and Other Sides - Round out a super simple Asian-fushion lunch by serving these pancakes with Korean Sweet Pickled Radish or Seaweed Salad with Lemon and Freshly Grated Ginger.
     
  3. Entrees - If you're serving these tasty scallion pancakes with a dinner, serve it with another Korean dish. Some fantastic options include: Chile-Ginger Grilled Tuna, with Korean-style SaladKorean Barbecued Beef Short Ribs, or Spicy Pork Over Rice (Jeyuk Dupab).

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