Red Bean Paste Pancakes

Red Bean Paste Pancakes
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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
144 Calories
11g Fat
9g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 299mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 4g
Calcium 113mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chinese crepes or pancakes filled with sweet red bean paste are eaten year-round but especially for Chinese New Year and other special events.

The color red is considered very auspicious or lucky so red bean paste is featured in other ways, including sticky rice cakes, sweet rice pudding, and dumplings.

This dish will taste great with canned sweet red bean paste, but it will be superior if you make your own.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup boiling water (or as needed)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil (or as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying (or as needed)
  • 1 cup sweet red bean paste (canned or homemade)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Sift the flour into a medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup boiling water to the flour and begin stirring immediately. Knead the warm dough until it is smooth, adding as much of the remaining 1/4 cup of water as is necessary. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.

  3. Turn the rested dough out onto a floured surface. Cut it in half. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll each half out until it is 1/4-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out 3-inch circles of dough.

  4. Brush 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil over the top of 2 dough circles. Lay one on top of each other, so that the oiled sides are together. (Don't worry if one of the edges hangs over the other.) Roll out the dough to form a 6-inch pancake. Repeat this process with the remainder of the 3-inch dough circles. Use a damp towel to cover the prepared pancakes and keep them from drying out while preparing the remainder.

  5. Heat a heavy frying pan over low heat. Add one of the paired pancakes and cook until browned on both sides (about 3 minutes altogether; the second side will cook more quickly than the first side). Remove from the pan and pull the pancakes apart. Continue with the remainder of the pancakes. Cool.

  6. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Spread 2 to 3 teaspoons of red bean paste over the white (unbrowned) surface of the pancakes, staying away from the edges. Gently roll the pancake over loosely 2 to 3 times, and flatten to form a flattened roll. (A quick and easy alternative is to fold the pancake in half so that it forms a half-moon shape). Brown the pancakes in the pan, on both sides.

  7. Dust the pancakes with the confectioners' sugar if using. The pancake can either be eaten whole or cut into 3 to 4 slices for serving.