Chinese Spring Onion Pancakes by Stevan Paul

Makes 12

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Ingredients

  • 360 g (11⁄2 cups) flour (type 405, plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • Salt
  • 220 ml (71⁄2 fl oz) warm water
  • 1–2 drops sesame oil
  • 4 spring onions
  • Oil for frying
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp hot sweet chilli sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar

 

Method

Combine the flour, baking powder and a little salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with dough hooks. Add the warm water. Combine and knead to a smooth dough. Continue to knead at low speed until pliable, for about 5 minutes. This can also be done manually or with the dough hook of an electric mixer.

Shape the dough into a ball. Brush thinly with sesame oil, cover with a clean dish towel and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 12 even pieces and shape into balls. Dust your work surface with flour and roll out the balls into thin rounds. Slice the spring onions finely, season lightly with salt and divide among the dough rounds. Roll up the dough and shape the rolls into snails. Roll out the snails into thin rounds again.

Preheat the oven to 80°C (175°F). Heat a little oil in a large non-stick pan and fry the pancakes until golden brown, about 3–4 minutes per side. Keep the cooked pancakes warm in the oven. Slice and serve with dipping sauce.

For the dipping sauce: Combine the soy sauce, chilli sauce and rice vinegar and serve with the pancakes.

 

Images and recipes from Dining at Dusk by Stevan Paul, photography by Daniela Haug. Murdoch Books RRP $39.99’.

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