Chewy, flaky, and savory scallion pancakes are one of our very favorite Chinese restaurant treats. This pan-fried bread has a lot in common with Indian parathas and other simple flatbreads, and if you follow a few simple steps, they are easy to make at home.
1Mix 2 1/2 cups flour with 1 cup water until it forms a smooth dough. Knead by doubling the dough over and pressing it down repeatedly, until the dough is even more smooth and very elastic. Coat this ball of dough lightly in oil and put it back in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.
2Cut the dough into 4 equal parts. Lightly oil the back of a large metal baking sheet. Roll out one part of the dough on the back of the baking sheet. Roll until it is a thin rectangle at least 12 x 9 inches.
3Finely chop the bunch of scallions and have them ready, along with a small bowl of kosher salt.
Lightly brush the top of the dough with oil, then sprinkle it evenly with chopped scallions and kosher salt.
4Starting from the long end, roll the dough up tightly, creating one long snake of rolled-up dough.
Cut the dough snake in two equal parts.
Take one of these halves and coil into a round dough bundle.
5Roll out the coiled dough bundle again into a flat, smooth, round pancake.
Heat a 10-inch heavy skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, and oil it with a drizzle of canola of vegetable oil. When the oil shimmers, pick up the pancake dough and lay it gently in the pan. It should sizzle, but not burn. Cook for 2 minutes on one side.
6Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side, or until golden brown.
Cut the pancake into wedges with a pair of kitchen scissors, and serve immediately with soy sauce or another dipping sauce.
In small bowl, mix sauce ingredients until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
If you would like to make a few pancakes but save the rest for later, you can save the dough in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just make sure the dough is oiled and well-covered. You can also roll out individual pancakes and stack them between well-oiled layers of wax paper.