January 16th, 2014
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)
• 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
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.
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.
5. Spread some vegetable oil on top and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
6. Cover the dough with ¼ portion of the diced scallions.
7. Taking one “side” of the circle, roll the dough into a long cylinder.
8. Next, roll the cylinder into a pinwheel. Secure the end if needed.
9. Flatten the pinwheel with your hand, and then using the rolling pin, roll it into a circle of about 8 inches in diameter.
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.
12. To make the beef rolls, take one scallion pancake. Take ¼ portion of the cooked beef and line it in the center.
13. Next, taking the side closest to you, fold or roll the pancake over the beef, and cut into three portions.
14. Repeat steps 4-13 for the remaining 3 portions of dough and beef.
15. Serve with the dipping sauce and enjoy.