Are you ready to fry up a batch of paleo scallion pancakes?
Never heard of scallion pancakes? You may know them as green onion pancakes, or chong yao beng (葱油饼). These irresistibly crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside flatbreads are folded with minced scallions and sesame oil, and then cooked on a pan or griddle. They’re unleavened, and unlike the pancakes you order at IHOP, they’re savory and made from dough—not batter. Served both as a restaurant dish and a street food snack, scallion pancakes are usually eaten with breakfast.
To be honest with you, I’ve been dying to make these for a while now, but something’s always held me back. I think I was afraid I wouldn’t ever be able to make a paleo version of scallion pancakes that does justice to the real thing.
But you know what?
It took some elbow grease and a lot of experimentation, but these savory, crispy fried pancakes are pretty much indistinguishable from the ones I used to order at my favorite Mandarin breakfast joints in my pre-paleo days—only mine are grain-free, egg-free, nut-free, and fried in good fats. (They’re vegan, too!) But don’t just take my word for it; these paleo scallion pancakes got huge thumbs up from both Ollie (my picky younger son) AND my discerning and oh-so-blunt parents. My dad’s only feedback: Don’t skimp on the scallions, eat these pancakes while they’re piping hot (so the crunchy texture isn’t compromised), and enjoy them with a mug of strong Chinese tea so it helps aid with digestion. Thanks, Pop!
This recipe uses cassava flour, which is not the same thing as tapioca flour/starch, and arrowroot powder, which is starch extracted from the roots of the arrowroot plant. You can read more about cassava flour here, and about arrowroot powder here. And by the way, I definitely recommend using a kitchen scale to measure out the flours for consistency!
A caveat: As I mentioned in my Paleo Curried Meat Pies recipe, I’m no paleo baking expert. So before…
Read the full recipe on Nom Nom Paleo.