Enjoy one of the all time favorite Taiwanese snacks!
Difficulty Level: Medium
Time till Eat: 90 minutes
Hands-on time: 50 minutes
Introduction and History of the Dish
Chinese legend has it that Venetian merchant Marco Polo once had a Green Onion Pancake (蔥油餅 | iû-tshang-piánn in Taiwanese | cōng yóubǐng in Mandarin) in China, and upon returning to Italy, missed it so much and tried to have someone recreate it. Unable to recreate the green onions inside the pancake, they tried put it on top of the pancake instead, and the pizza was born.
We don’t know how much truth is there to this story, but Taiwanese love their Green Onion Pancake and could care less of if pizza was its cousin at all. They can be served as breakfast, an afternoon snack, or as part of a meal. Green onion pancake vendors usually open shop near schools as students usually grab these as a snack at the end of the day.
- Rolling pin
- Chopping board
- Measuring cup
|1||package||Plain pizza dough||We got ours from Trader Joe’s|
|10||Tbsp.||Oil||Can be Avocado Oil, Lard, etc.|
|1||Tsp.||Pepper and salt mixture|
- Time: 20 minutes
- Remind the pizza dough that it is about to be transformed back to Green Onion Pancake. Put pizza dough on a lightly floured surface, cover with an upside down bowl so it would stay moist.
- Time: 30-40 minutes
- Put one piece of pizza dough on a floured surface.
8. Roll the “green onion roll” spirally and pinch the seam again.
9. Cover the spiral roll with plastic wrap and let it rest for 15-30 minutes.
- Time: 10 minutes for each pancake
- Gently roll out green onion spiral rolls into flatter circles