For the longest time, I didn’t know the English translation of Cong You Bing (葱油饼). This is one of my favorite Chinese comfort foods. Often in Chinese restaurants, it’s extremely oily, deep-fried, and delicious. However, my homemade version is a little less unhealthy, with a more moderate use of oil. These are still delicious, but don’t expect these to be a perfect replica of the deep-fried restaurant style cong you bing.
I love the flavor of green onions. I use it in pretty much all the Asian dishes I make. It’s a milder taste than regular onions, and yet more flavorful. Green onion pancakes wouldn’t be the same without the green onions, so I load my pancakes up with plenty of them. Here’s my version of cong you bing!
Cong You Bing (Green Onion Pancake)
Makes 36 wedges
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4-1 1/2 cups warm water
8 green onions, chopped
6 tsp sesame oil
3 tsp salt
6 tsp vegetable oil
Mix together the flour and 1 1/4 cups warm water. You want the dough to be sticky, so add water as necessary to get this consistency. I used a little over 1 1/4 cups water. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow to sit for about 20 minutes.
Once the dough has sat, divide it into six equal portions. Roll out one of the portions into a circle with a rolling pin. Pour 1 teaspoon of sesame oil into the center of the circle, then fold the edge over and use it to spread the sesame oil all the way to the edges of the circle. Sprinkle on about half teaspoon of salt and one sixth of the chopped green onions. Now roll the circle up into a tube, like a scroll. Squish and roll the scroll until it is a long snake, then coil the snake into a spiral. Press the dough out with your palm, then use the rolling pin to roll it out into a rough circle. Roll it up into another tube, squish it into a snake, and curl it into a spiral again. Press this new spiral into a flat round about 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with the rest of the portions of dough and green onions. You are now ready to fry!
Heat about 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. Lay the first pancake down in the pan and swirl it around with a spatula to evenly coat it with oil. Allow to fry on that side until the pancake is golden brown, a few minutes. Flip onto the other side, and cook for another few minutes. Repeat with the rest of your pancakes. Once all the pancakes have been cooked, cut them each into 6 wedges. Serve warm. Enjoy!