I’m always on the hunt for amazing cookbooks, and one always popped up during my searches for ways to make dim sum. The Dim Sum Book by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo. Although it was published in 1988, I’ve seen other dim sum food blogs cite it as one of their primary influences. As such, I had high hopes for the recipes that lay within.
These little guys were my first foray into trying out the goods.
Scallion and Chinese sausage pancakes are a greasy, delicious and easy starter dim sum. They don’t require too many ingredients, just some patience in assembly.
These are quite rich, flavorful and uh… heavy. They’ll hit your stomach a little hard if you have too many – which is why they’re an appetizer. Just a few will do ya!
Here are a few scenes from the prep station:
Here’s some dough with chopped sausage and green onion sprinkled on top, ready to be rolled up.
Here it is all rolled up and ready to be flattened with a rolling pin.
And here’s the finished pancake, frying in oil. Yum!
Now on to the recipe!
- 1 cup Crisco
- 3 cups green onions, chopped
- 1¾ teaspoons salt
- 1¾ teaspoons white sugar
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup hot water
- 3 Chinese sausages, casings removed and chopped finely
- Peanut oil, for frying
- In a medium bowl, combine Crisco, green onions, salt, and sugar and mix well.
- Knead together flour and hot water for 5-7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
- Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.
- Roll piece of dough out into a thin, 9" square.
- Sprinkle 3 Tablespoons of filling evenly over the dough, then ¼ of the chopped sausage on top.
- Roll into a sausage shape, then a curve (see photo above). Pinch the end closed to keep filling inside.
- Dust generously with flour, then roll with a rolling pin to create an 8" diameter pancake,.
- Fry in peanut oil over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side (until golden brown).
- Repeat with remaining sections of dough and serve hot.
- (You may want to pat off some of the grease with a paper towel).
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