Monday, 27 August 2012

ASIAN BACON AND SPRING ONION PANCAKE


Pancakes and bacon are a perfect team in any way it is interpreted. This pancake may sound like your usual breakfast grub and the addition of spring onions may raise some eyebrows.

Let me explain. This is actually my version of Chinese spring onion pancakes. It is not at all your typical soft and fluffy American pancakes. It is made with a dough, not batter. Probably the only similarity is that they are both flat and fried in a pan.

The classic Chinese spring onion pancake is firm rather than soft. It might seem bland but this is actually the sort of food that is appreciated for its simplicity and clean fresh taste. It is usually eaten as a snack, with fresh brewed Chinese tea.



The traditional process for making these pancakes involves making a dough with flour and boiling water then rolling the dough, sprinkling with the spring onions and rolling like a jelly roll. Portions of this dough are flattened and pan fried. 

Although, this traditional method results to delicious pancakes, I personally do not like its texture. Parts of it are crisp and parts are dense and a touch chewy.



I love spring onions and I thought I must make a pancake that will be perfect for my taste (hence the addition of bacon...kidding). After a few tries, taste tests and reviews, this is the one that the panel (my family I mean) chose (or rather didn't criticise). This is an abbreviated version of the spring onion pancake. It is a quick stir and mix method and results to crisp, tender crust pancakes with bacon and spring onion studded centers.

It is nice on its own but, hey, since we're making a twist why not add a dipping sauce, like the one for Korean spring onion pancakes. I thought it is just apt to have maple syrup in the sauce. I never thought maple syrup would go so well with soy sauce. It was just the perfect dip for the pancakes. 



This recipe makes 6 small pancakes, good for 4 servings.

Ingredients:

8 rashers of streaky bacon, chopped
3 tbsps. of oil rendered from the bacon
2 c. plain flour
2 tbsps. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. finely sliced spring onions
1/2 c. + 2 tbsps. water
cooking oil for pan frying

Method:

Heat up a frying pan. Add the chopped bacon when hot. Fry the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp and browned. Strain. Keep the oil that has been rendered.

In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder with a whisk. Add the spring onions and browned bacon bits and mix again.

Make a well in the center and add the water and 3 tbsps. of the bacon fat. Mix gently until it forms a medium soft dough ball.

On a lightly floured board, roll each piece into a rough circle approximately 6" in diameter.

Heat up a pan and add about 2 tsps. of oil. Pan fry the pancakes until it has brown spots and is slightly puffed up, about 3 minutes on each side. 

Cut each pancake into 4 wedges and serve with the dip.

For the soy and maple dip:

2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 c. pure maple syrup
2 tbsps. malt vinegar
1/2 tsp. sesame oil

Mix all of the ingredients together and serve as a dip for the pancakes.

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11 comments:

  1. Oh how I'd like to reach over and grab a bite!! The pancakes look sooo good!

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  2. Mmmmm....I loves ham and bacon! I have never come across making pancakes with chopped bacon it it. It just never crosses me to do it this way. Thank you for this excellent idea; I can make this delicious pancakes for breakfast now!

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  3. These looks absolutely delicious! And the soy maple dip to serve it with sounds divine! Yummy :)

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  4. Oh Adora, this is a great reinsterpretation of the classic Chinese pancakes. I love the addition of bacon - brillian idea. :)

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  5. I love Chinese spring onion pancakes and your addition of the bacon make these extra special! Clever!

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  6. those pancakes would be great for back to school. My daughter will love them :) Thanks

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  7. Ahhhh! I am feeling guilty. I just bought pre-made spring onion package from a Chinese store today. Okay I'm going to make my own next time thanks to your recipe! They look so good, Adora!!

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  8. Ooo these look good! I've made them the traditional way however your method is much easier, and the addition of bacon will be delicious+++. Oh dear, I have both scallions and streaky bacon lurking in the fridge!

    Super thanks for sharing such a great recipe discovery, Michelle in Wellington, New Zealand

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  9. Hello, I would like to make this recipe, but I'm not familiar with some abbreviations. When you put the amount of flour, what does the c??? What is measured???

    Thank you very much from Spain. Paula

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    1. Hi Paula. The abbreviations are for standard measurements: c is for cup, tsp for teaspoon and tbsp for tablespoon. Measured means you use the standard measuring equipment so that you get the same result as the recipe. I hope you give this a try.

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  10. fantastic! I have done today and we've loved them all. This is the recipe I was looking for.

    Thank you. Paula

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