Vegan Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Perfect flaky vegan Chinese scallion pancakes
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: about 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
136 Calories
7g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 502mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 2g
Calcium 65mg 5%
*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.)

I was lucky enough to visit Taiwan recently and tasted these amazing scallion (green onion) pancakes which are served up hot and fresh in stacks from street vendors. Yum! Though I was first introduced to these scallion pancakes in Taiwan, they can be found many places in the world, and certainly anywhere there's a large Chinese population, including Malaysia, and plenty of Chinese restaurants, too. 

Though they're called pancakes, these green onion pancakes are more than just a breakfast food, so enjoy them anytime. Serve plain or dipped in a good quality soy sauce (I usually prefer a Japanese style Tamari, even for my Taiwanese-style scallion pancakes!).

When you look at the recipe, it does seem very simple, but this is one of those recipes that somehow, when you put it all together, it seems to add up to so much more than just the some of its parts. It's a logical fallacy food!

This recipe for Chinese Scallion (Green Onion) Pancakes is both vegetarian and vegan.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water (cold)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil (or vegan margarine, as needed)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large bunches green onions (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup oil (more or less as needed for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix together the flour and water until a dough is formed. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for a few minutes. Place in a bowl, cover and set aside for 30 minutes. minutes.

  2. Roll out the dough to a 1/8 inch thickness. Brush a thin layer of oil or vegan margarine on the top, sprinkle with salt, and then press a layer of green onions into the dough.

  3. Now here's the secret to making scallion pancakes: Once you have a flat layer of dough with the green onions on top, roll it all up into a cigar-like shape. Then, roll out the dough again onto a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness, pushing any green onions that escape back into the dough. This is the critical step that is going to give the pancakes their perfect texture and flakiness. 

  4. You may need to make two or three large pancakes, but try to make as few as possible. You'll slice them up to serve them, rather than make individual pancakes like you would with American breakfast pancakes. 

  5. Fry your scallion pancake in 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook each scallion pancake for approximately 3 minutes on one side then flip and cook for 2 more minutes before placing the pancakes onto a paper towel-lined plate.

  6. Salt to taste and serve immediately with soy sauce for dipping. Yum!

Looking for more delicious vegetarian and vegan Chinese food recipes? Here's a few more you might enjoy: