Chinese Soul Food


Hsiao-Ching Chou writes about simple Chinese cooking and life as a working mom. She is the former food editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Currently, she's the communications director for Institute for Systems Biology, a nonprofit research organization. Read more about Hsiao-Ching...

She also teaches cooking at Hot Stove Society in Seattle. Upcoming classes include:

Nov. 9 - Weeknight Wokking (featuring Kung Pao Chicken, Ma Po Tofu and Chile-Garlic Eggplant)

Nov. 21 - Soup Dumpling Love - And Potstickers, Too! (Sold out)

Dec. 21 - Kids Cooking: Potsticker Love

I am participating in National Blog Post Month for November, which means that I will post one blog post per day for the entire month. Well, I'll attempt to post daily.

NaBloPoMo November 2015

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Green Onion (or Scallion) Pancake

I like efficiency. My father was fond of saying: "If it takes you only two steps, why would you take three?" I think of that often, especially when I'm cooking. I appreciate recipes that are more than one-hit wonders. 

The dough from my potsticker recipe is just flour and warm water, but there are several ways you can use the dough. If you doubled the amount of dough, you could make potstickers, green onion pancakes and homestyle noodles in one session. You can freeze what you don't plan on eating right away for a snack or meal on another day. The photo below shows the finished products: From the left are the green onion pancakes, potstickers and hand-cut noodles.


To make the noodles: 

  • Roll out the dough to desired thickness from 1/8" to 1/4".
  • Fold dough in half and in half again.
  • Cut strips to desired width.
  • Unfurl the noodles and either cook right away or place on a baking sheet to freeze. Once frozen, store noodles in a plastic zipper bag. 


To make the green onion pancakes:

  • Chopped green onions, about 1 tablespoon per pancake.
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dough
  • To cook: Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add about 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Place a pancake in the pan. Cook until browned on one side, turn and cook the other side until browned. You may need to adjust the heat if the pancake is browning too quickly.

Green Onion Pancakes from Hsiao-Ching Chou on Vimeo.


To make make the potstickers: 

  • Follow the recipe.
  • Watch this video to see how to roll out the wrappers and then pleat to seal the edges.

Potsticker from Hsiao-Ching Chou on Vimeo.

Ready for the pan: After you place the dumplings in the pan, you add water, cover with a lid, and let cook for 7-9 minutes.




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Reader Comments (9)

YAY! I am so happy to see that you are back! I found you last year when I was looking for a wonton soup recipe and it was so delicious I have been making other recipes from your site since then.
Please continue the deliciousness as you are able. =)

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I love your idea of using the dough for 3 different things. Enjoyed your video. You make rolling out the dough look so easy but I know if I attempt this, my pancake would be lopsided, potstickers mangled and noodles turn out terrible. I am useless with flour.

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