Cong You Bing (Chinese Pancakes)

Cong You Bing (Chinese Pancakes)

(4 servings)    Printable Version
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups chopped green onions - cleaned and patted dry
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 Tablespoons Chinese toasted sesame oil
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
Cong You Bing translates to Green Onion Pancakes.

Put flour in a large bowl, make a well and pour boiling water. Stir immediately to create a stiff moist dough.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a ball. Brush dough with some sesame oil, cover dough with a large bowl and let rest for 10 minutes. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, rub with more sesame oil and let rest for 1 hour.

On a flour surface, roll dough out to form a log about 10 inches long. Cut into six equal pieces. Cover dough as you work with one piece at a time. Take one ball and roll into a thin round (about 6-7 inches in diameter). Brush with sesame oil, sprinkle salt and cover with a handful of green onions. Roll the round up like a cigar (think of rolling a carpet) and twist roll into a coil (think cinnamon roll). Brush surface of coil with more sesame oil, and using a rolling pin, gently flatten coil to about 5 inches in diameter.

When all the pieces have been prepared, pour vegetable oil into a large, shallow frying pan (about 1/2-inch of oil). Pan-fry two pancakes at a time, cooking about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels, sprinkle with more salt.

To serve, cut into quarters.

These pancakes are moist and chewy. Totally different from your normal breakfast hotcakes. Thanks to my brother Matt for sending me this recipe!

Mr Breakfast would like to thank mr_bfast_lover for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Cong You Bing (Chinese Pancakes)?
Overall Average Rating = 4 (out of 5)
Based on 2 votes.

From chica7

I have seen it made by were I used to live in Shanghai and I agree with pastry lover that they do add eggs and they fried it in hot oil.

Comment submitted: 11/21/2011 (#13217)

From andy
Rating (out of 5):  

Great. Very authentic recipe, just like my wife's gran used to make!!

Comment submitted: 3/11/2011 (#12276)

From chinese grandma
Rating (out of 5):  

Pastry_Lover - this isn't supposed to be an egg pancake. "Bing" is a general chinese term for all things flat and floury and more often unleavened than not - more like tortillas than pancakes (but how confusing for it to be called a Chinese Scallion Tortilla).

Comment submitted: 2/8/2010 (#9662)


Yes, you need to heat the oil 1st to 350-375 degrees F. A easy way to check temp is to buy cheap bamboo chopsticks and stick an end into the oil, when the chopstick bubbles, the temperature is ready.

Comment submitted: 12/24/2009 (#9280)

From Pastry_Lover

All you really need is 2 eggs (whisked), 7 large spoonfuls of flour, enough water to make your batter smooth, and two shallots. *shrugs* You don't need anything else, really, except for a teeny bit of Canola oil to spread on the pan. It's not this complicated.

Comment submitted: 6/22/2009 (#8326)

From bihu

In China, this is actually cut into thirds.

Comment submitted: 2/6/2009 (#7531)

From Chang

I haven't tried this recipe as yet.But i don't think you put the bings in cold cooking oil. i would get the oil to a heat high enough to fry without to much absorption.

Comment submitted: 8/12/2008 (#6111)

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