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Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins
These chewy fried Chinese flatbreads are delicious! They are common at fairs and festivals in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where I lived for 5 years. They are commonly served with fiery hot Chinese chili garlic sauce that you can find at most grocery stores. If you're not into spicy food, you can serve this with plum sauce or sweet and sour dipping sauce instead. Although, these are lengthy instructions, the green onion cakes are pretty easy to make and well worth the effort. If you don't want to cook them all at once, you can freeze the uncooked cakes, then thaw and fry them as needed. If you freeze them, separate each cake with a small piece of wax paper.
- Add salt to flour in a mixing bowl and mix throughly.
- Add honey to hot water in a separate cup or dish until the honey melts and mixes with the water.
- Slowly add water/honey mixture into the flour while stirring the flour.
- Knead the mixture until smooth (approximately 5 minutes). If it is too dry add a little extra water. If it is too wet, add a little flour.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- After at least an hour remove mixture and roll into a sausage shape and divide into 10 equal portions. You will work with one cake at a time so cover the others so they don't dry up.
- For each portion of dough, roll into a ball between the palms of your hands, then on a floured surface roll the dough out into a thin round pancake.
- Sprinkle the surface of the dough with green onions.
- Roll the pancake into a sausage shape, trapping all the green onions inside the dough.
- Roll the dough again along the length of the sausage to make a coil shape.
- With the coil still standing up on your counter top flatten it with the palm of your hand (if you flatten it with the coil lying flat on your counter, the onion cake will open up while cooking).
- Roll the dough into a circle about 5 inches in diameter and place to the side while you make the rest of the cakes.
- Heat up the oil in a frying pan or skillet at a medium heat and fry each cake, one side at a time, until it is light brown.
- Cut into quarters and serve with chili garlic dipping sauce.
I made these in my dorm a few weeks ago before i looked the recipe up. but i thought they were a specialty of Edmonton, something i saw in a book about Edmonton. a great poor mans snack, a meal before payday.
After 10 years, finally I was thrilled to taste these again. I too lived in Edmonton for 3 years and always remember the 'Taste of Edmonton' festival and these delightful little treats. But for some reason never tried to make them before now. We devoured them. Thanks for the great recipe and the memories it brought back.
Made it for my family (who were wary) but they ended up loving them and we ate the whole batch in one sitting! Very easy :)