January 16th, 2014

Not Your Ordinary Scallion Pancake


The dish that we have below is a twist on scallion pancakes that you may typically see offered as appetizers on Chinese restaurant menus. The basic idea is to cook your beef in broth for some time, make some scallion pancakes, and then combine the two by rolling the beef in the pancakes. You can then use the broth to make a quick dipping sauce.

It is best to start off with cooking the beef, and then prepping your dough later. Using Old Neighborhood Beef Shaved Steak is shaved thin for convenience, and for this recipe is definitely helps reduce to cooking time, as opposed to a whole solid cut of beef. Even with that being the case, the beef here still cooked for at least an hour and a half. The dough, when made, needed to sit for at least 30 minutes before the portions were rolled out. So read ahead, and time yourself accordingly!

Scallion Pancake Steak Rolls (Beef Rolls) (recipe page can be found here)


Beef Filling:
• 1 pkg. Old Neighborhood Beef Shaved Steak
• 1 cinnamon stick
• ½ cup soy sauce
• 3 cups water
• 2 star anise
• 5 garlic cloves
• 3 scallions, chopped into 2 inch strips
• 1 tbsp. rice wine
• 1 tsp. Chinese 5-spice
• 1 tbsp. brown sugar
• ¼ tsp. ground ginger
• 1 tbsp. cooking oil
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• ½ cup warm water
• vegetable oil
• 5 stalks of scallions, diced
• salt to taste

Dipping Sauce:
• ½ part broth from beef filling
• ½ part hoisin sauce



1. Combine all of the beef filling ingredients in a slow cooker, and cook for at least an hour and a half. If you don’t want to use a slow cooker, you can combine all the ingredients in an oven-safe pot, bring it to a boil, cover and transfer to the oven, cooking at 350 degrees for at least an hour.

Beef Filling, Slow Cooker

2. For the pancakes, combine the flour and the water in a bowl. Knead until the dough is smooth. Cover in plastic wrap or a damp cloth for 30 minutes.
3. Divide the dough into 4 portions.
4. Taking one portion and using a rolling pin, flatten it into a 1/4 inch (or thinner) thick circle.

Scallion Pancake Step 1
5. Spread some vegetable oil on top and sprinkle with a bit of salt.

Scallion Pancake Step 2
6. Cover the dough with ¼ portion of the diced scallions.

Scallion Pancake Step 3
7. Taking one “side” of the circle, roll the dough into a long cylinder.

Scallion Pancake Step 4
8. Next, roll the cylinder into a pinwheel. Secure the end if needed.

Scallion Pancake Step 5
9. Flatten the pinwheel with your hand, and then using the rolling pin, roll it into a circle of about 8 inches in diameter.

Scallion Pancake Step 6
10. Heat a frying pan on the stove over medium heat. Coat with a bit of cooking oil.
11. Fry both sides of the pancake until browned.

Scallion Pancake • Old Neighborhood Foods
12. To make the beef rolls, take one scallion pancake. Take ¼ portion of the cooked beef and line it in the center.

Beef & Scallion Pancake • Old Neighborhood Foods
13. Next, taking the side closest to you, fold or roll the pancake over the beef, and cut into three portions.

Beef Rolls - Cut
14. Repeat steps 4-13 for the remaining 3 portions of dough and beef.
15. Serve with the dipping sauce and enjoy.



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