Being pregnant means that I have an extra excuse to lay in bed and watch food videos. I literally spent most of my Friday night watching street food tours of Asia. Because of this, I ended up dreaming of soup noodles and scallion pancakes. Scallion pancakes (葱油饼) are a savoury, chewy flatbread folded with oil and minced scallions. It is typically pan-fried and is commonly sold on the streets of China as a snack for as little as $0.20 each!
Dreaming of the savoury doughy crispy snack left me with a huge pregnancy craving so the next morning, we went over to Jeff’s mom’s house and she made me a stack of these traditional delicious snacks in a very non-traditional way – with an onion and beef filling! We were planning to freeze some so that I could pop them into the toaster oven whenever I had another craving but Jeff ate the entire batch the first day we brought them home. Today I’m going to share with you how to create your own Scallion Pancakes with Beef – Mama Tang’s way!
Scallion Pancakes with Beef
For the Dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil (plus some in a separate bowl for brushing)
1 teaspoon salt
For the Filling:
1 lbs Beef
1 bunch scallions
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1. Mix flour, salt, oil and water in a large bowl until dough is formed.
2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
3. While dough is rising, mix all filling ingredients in a bowl and set to marinade.
4. After an hour, knead the dough and divide into 8 equal parts. Roll the dough out as thin as possible (try to make it about 2 inches in width and as long as you can). Brush oil onto dough and top with filling. Fold one end corner of the dough over the filling and do the same with the other corner. Roll the dough up like a fruit roll up. You can squish it a little so it’s more like a pancake. Repeat until you’ve made 8 pancakes.
5. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook pancakes for about 5 minutes before turning. When meat is just about cooked, turn to other side and continue to flip to get a nice crunchy outside.
6. Transfer pancakes to a wire rack lined with paper towel and rest 10 minutes.
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