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Cong You Bing (Chinese Scallion Pancakes)

A recipe for Cong You Bing (Chinese Scallion Pancakes)! This thin, crispy flatbread is filled with flaky layers and finely chopped scallions.
Course Bread
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword bread, China, Chinese, flatbread, green onion, pancake, scallion, sesame
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 8 Pancakes


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 8 scallions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for pan-frying


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. With the handle side of a wooden spoon, quickly mix in the hot water. Knead until a smooth dough forms, 3-5 minutes. Cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Flatten a piece into a rectangle, then roll as thin as possible. Brush with a layer of sesame oil. Sprinkle with some chopped scallions and a small pinch of salt. Roll the dough long side to long side. Roll again from one end to the other to shape the pancake like a snail, tucking in the end. Set aside and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
  • In a cast iron or heavy skillet, pour in a thin layer of vegetable oil and place over medium heat. Once thoroughly heated, roll a coiled pancake into a thin circle and fry on each side until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Adjust the heat as needed to brown the outside while still cooking the flaky interior. Repeat with remaining pancakes.
  • Serve immediately, if desired with a dipping sauce.