Chinese Pizza——Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Vegan)

Super crispy and flaky on the outside and slightly chewy inside, my dim sum favorite, scallion pancakes, make a wonderful snack that you’ll love! {Vegan}

Chinese scallion pancakes are always such a hit at dim sum. You’ve likely seen them as an appetizer or side dish to go with all those stir-fry dishes that you love. But did you know you can make an even tastier version at home?

The secret to scallion pancakes is the crispy, flaky exterior that gives way to a slightly chewy interior of thin layers. When fresh-off-the-stove, it is extra crunchy and addictively fragrant. They are such a treat that you can enjoy them on their own, and they’re perfect for snacking. And your kids will adore them!

Once you’ve tried the homemade version, there’s no going back to takeout scallion pancakes.


All you need are some basic pantry ingredients to make great scallion pancakes – all-purpose flour, water, salt, vegetable oil, and green onion. 

To further boost the taste, you could add some ground Sichuan peppercorns to the filling, but it’s totally OK to skip them.


  • 2 cups (300 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup cool water


  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (50 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil (or your favorite oil like olive oil, melted coconut oil, melted butter, or melted chicken fat etc.)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 to 10 green onions , split down the middle and chopped (yield 1 cup)


  • Vegetable oil for pan frying

Dipping Sauce (Optional)

Extra green onion

How you cut the green onion can greatly affect the outcome of your scallion pancakes. Instead of thinly slicing it into round shapes, I prefer to:

  1. Halve the scallion lengthwise.
  2. Thin slice them into very small half-moon pieces.

The smaller the green onion pieces, the easier it will become when you roll them up in the dough. This cutting method creates fewer air pockets and allows you to stuff more green onions. 

Cooking process

Cooking scallion pancakes might look daunting at a glance. My detailed step-by-step photos will help walk you through how to prepare the dough and shape the pancakes like a pro. 

Part 1 – Prepare the dough

If you’re making a big batch of scallion pancakes, you can use a stand mixer to make the dough. But I found it easy enough to knead the dough by hand.

  • Slowly add the hot water to the flour and mix it at the same time.
  • Mix until the hot water is fully absorbed
  • Slowly add the cold water and continue mixing
  • Dough flakes should form once all the water is added
  • Start to press everything together with your hand
  • You can add a bit more water if there’s too much dry flour left. Or you can slightly add a bit more flour if the dough is very sticky. Once you’ve pressed all the dough flakes together, you should have little or no dry flour left.
  • Knead about 5 mins until a tough dough is formed.
  • Let rest for 20 mins, then knead for 1 minute to form a smooth dough.

Part 2 – prepare the filling

The best way to make the scallion pancake filling is to make an oil flour paste (not simply brushing oil onto the dough). This way you can work in layers easily without pressing out the oil as you roll out the pancakes.

To make the filling, simply mix the dry ingredients with the oil until it forms a smooth paste.

Part 3 – Forming the scallion pancakes

  • Cut the dough into 6 pieces and work on the pieces one at a time. Use your hands to shape the dough into a rectangular shape.
  • Roll the dough
  • The dough should form a very thin rectangle.
  • Add the flour oil paste
  • Spread out the paste, leaving about 1” (2.5 cm) on both a long and a short end without the filling (your top and left)
  • Add the green onion, concentrating most of it towards a long and short end with the filling
  • Gently roll up the dough, as tightly as possible
  • Press the air bubbles out of the dough strip
  • Further roll up the long dough strip
  • Tuck the end on the bottom
  • Gently press the tall pancake
  • Let it rest while you work on the rest of the pancakes

PS. I prefer to rest the formed pancakes for a few minutes before rolling them out, to let the gluten relax, so you can roll them out easily.

NOTE: the photos were shot on the opposite side of the table from where the pancakes were made. If the recipe description looks upside down or confusing, check the video at the bottom of the recipe so you can get a better idea.

Part 4 – Roll and cook the pancakes

  • Roll out the pancakes when you’re ready to cook
  • Heat up a pan with a layer of oil on the bottom, add the pancake, and wiggle the pancake a few times so it won’t stick
  • Let the pancake cook covered first
  • Flip the pancake and cook covered again
  • Then cook uncovered, until both sides of the pancake are browned
  • You can use a spatula to press the pancake, to help with even browning


  1. You can either use a cast iron skillet or a nonstick pan. Either will work. If you use a cast iron pan, you will need a generous amount of oil to prevent the pancakes from sticking.
  2. It’s possible to use less oil to cook the pancakes. But for the best result – golden brown surface and extra crispy texture, you will need a thin layer of oil to cover the bottom of the pan (not just a few drops).
  3. It’s important to cook the pancakes covered at first, to cook through the interior.

How to store scallion pancakes

The best thing about these pancakes is that they can be stored raw or cooked.

If you’d like to get the best fresh result, freeze the scallion pancakes raw after you roll them out. Carefully stack them with a piece of parchment paper in between, then transfer everything to a large ziplock bag. Press out as much air as possible and seal the bag. Freeze the pancakes for up to 3 months.

To cook the frozen pancakes, simply let them thaw at room temperature for 8 minutes and cook them using the same method.

If you cook all the pancakes and have leftovers (very unlikely!!), you can put them in a bag and store them in the fridge for a few days. You can either reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop. Note, if you reheat a cooked pancake, it will still be quite crispy but the texture will turn a bit chewier.


Chinese scallion pancakes do take a little time to prepare and the recipe might look ridiculously long. But compared to other classic Chinese dim sum, this one is actually easier to make. If you’re new to dim sum making but love bread, this is a great place to start.  

These scallion pancakes taste so good that I would refrain from making them often, because I’ll just eat them all (lol). But these are my favorite and they taste so much better when you make them at home. Since you can make them ahead and freeze them for later, they are perfect when friends or family come by. If you’ve never had them before, you’re absolutely going to be in love at first bite!

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