Scallion Pancakes

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 7 hr 15 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 6 hr 45 min
  • Yield: 32 pancakes
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1 pound unsalted (4 sticks) butter

215 grams (1.7 cups) all-purpose flour

20 grams (1 tablespoon) kosher salt

30 grams (2.2 tablespoons) sesame oil

First Dough:

88 grams (.7 cups) Italian "00" flour

65 grams (4.4 tablespoons) boiling water

Second Dough:

255 grams (1.08 cups) room temperature water

440 grams (3.52 cups) Italian "00" flour, plus more for dusting

9 grams (1.5 teaspoons) kosher salt

For Rolling Out:

1 cup neutral-flavored oil, such as rice bran or canola, plus more for greasing

4 cups sliced scallions

Slaw, recipe follows

Ginger-Soy Dressing:

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon black vinegar

1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh peeled ginger

1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot

1 large egg yolk

3/4 cup rice bran or canola oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 cups sliced red cabbage

2 cups sliced Napa cabbage

1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms

2 tablespoons torn fresh cilantro leaves

2 tablespoons torn fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons torn fresh parsley leaves


  1. For the roux: Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan, then whisk in the flour, salt and sesame oil. Cook, whisking constantly, until light amber in color, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. For the first dough: Mix the flour and boiling water together in a small bowl until a dough forms. Knead for a minute or two to make sure that everything comes together. Set aside.
  3. For the second dough: Meanwhile, pour the room temperature water into the bowl of a stand mixer and top with flour and salt. Mix with the dough hook on medium-low speed until dough starts to come together. While dough is in the beginning phase of mixing, add in the hot water dough in small chunks. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough comes together and leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a work surface (oiled so the dough does not stick) and knead by hand until smooth and one consistent temperature; be careful not to overwork. Wrap tightly in plastic and let rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  4. For rolling out: Divide dough into 65-gram portions and cover with plastic wrap. (The dough dries out very quickly before it is rolled out, so be sure to keep it covered if you are not working with it.) Squeeze a tablespoon or so of oil onto a very clean marble, stone or metal countertop and spread around. Place one dough ball in the center of the oiled surface. Gently but using force, roll dough ball with a floured rolling pin until very thin and slightly translucent. The rolled dough will be oddly shaped and that is okay. If the dough rips, that's also ok--it's still usable. Once dough is rolled to translucent point, brush with a layer of roux and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sliced scallions.
  5. Working from the bottom end of the rolled dough (the end closest to your body), begin gently rolling dough up like a cigar. The end result will be a long "snake". Twist the snake into a coil. Smash the coil down with your palm and roll this into a 6- to 8-inch-wide pancake. Repeat until all your pancakes are complete. Store pancakes in the refrigerator between layers of parchment paper greased with oil until you're ready to cook.
  6. Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add a small amount of oil and a cold pancake to the pan. Cover with a lid and cook until light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes, before flipping and covering again. Cook the other side until golden brown, another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove to a plate. Serve the hot scallion pancakes with the slaw.


  1. For the ginger soy dressing: Combine the mustard, soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, ginger and shallot in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the egg yolk and turn blender on low speed. Drizzle in the oil until the dressing is thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. For the slaw: Stir together the cabbages, mushrooms, cilantro, mint and parsley. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat.
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