Chinese Cong You Bing | Spring Onion Pancakes
Friday 16 October is World Food Day, so at Fitzroy ELC, we’re using the Spring Onions grown in our very own Playground to Plate® Food Garden to make a popular Chinese snack food, ‘Cong You Bing’ or Spring Onion Pancakes.
Throughout this week, Rachel has been making these pancakes with the children as part of the Playground to Plate® Garden Classes and they’ve been a really big hit!!
Spring Onion Pancakes (Cong You Bing, 葱油饼) are a very popular staple food in China. You can find them both at humble street stalls and in high-end restaurants.
They’re easy to make with children and super tasty! Give them a go!
For the Dough:
250g Plain Flour
160ml Boiling Water
For the Filling:
2 tbsp melted butter or ghee (clarified butter)
2 tbsp Plain Flour
1/4 tsp salt
3 Green stems from a Spring Onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp Cooking Oil
Make the dough
- Place the flour in a heatproof bowl. Carefully add the boiling water to the bowl. Stir with a pair of chopsticks or a fork until the flour turns lumpy and no more water remains.
- Set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, knead the mixture into a soft, smooth ball of dough. Leave to rest for 30 Minutes with a damp cloth over the bowl.
Prepare the filling
- Mix flour, butter and salt together and finely chop the spring onion stems.
Shape the Pancakes
- Knead the dough again for a further 5 mins.
- Flatten it with a rolling pin into a thin rectangle shape (as thin as possible), dusting the surface of your bench or board with flour as you go to avoid the dough sticking.
- Once the dough is rolled out, brush the surface of the dough with the butter/flour/salt mixture
- Sprinkle the spring onion stems generously across the surface of the dough.
- Roll up the dough into a long cylinder, then cut the cylinder into 4 equally sized pieces.
- Take one of the four pieces and roll into a slightly thinner, longer cylinder, then roll together into the shape of a snail.
- Repeat this process for the remaining three pieces and set ‘snails’ aside to rest, with a damp cloth over them for about 10 mins.
- After resting, use a rolling pin to flatten the snails so that they are rolled out to a circle about 13cm in diameter, about half a centimetre thick. Set aside for frying.
Fry the Pancakes
- Heat up oil in a frying pan over a high heat.
- Once the pan is hot, place the pancakes in, one at a time, then turn the heat to medium
- Flip over 2-3 times. Cook until both sides are golden brown.
You can freeze uncooked pancakes. Stack them between pieces of baking paper or cling film, then place them in a sealed plastic bag. When you want to use them, thaw them in the fridge and when soft, pan fry them as above.
- You can serve them as breakfast or an afternoon snack with your favourite chinese dipping sauce.