Kamis, 01 Agustus 2019

SHOU ZHUA BING (CRISPY CHINESE PANCAKES)


It’s been five months since we left Beijing, and whereas we’re so pleased to be again within the States (and dwelling with blank air), what we truly miss is the food. To assist ease the nostalgia and withdrawal symptoms, we’ve cooked and posted lots of the fave dishes we’d have always in Beijing, from “Big Plate” Chicken with Noodles and Mei Cai Kou Rou to Milk Bread and You Po Mian…just to title a few.



I had no cause to read the method to make it whereas I was in Beijing, simply due to the fact I might merely stroll over and purchase 3 RMB’s value (about $0.50) and consume it to my heart’s content. They bought Chinese pancakes and scallion pancakes by means of way of the pound! Now, regretfully, this choice isn’t any lengthy accessible to me, and I had to discover a method to make it. After a lot examine and trial and error, I lastly nailed a shou zhua bing recipe that replicates the style and scent of the shou zhua bing from that little stall again in Beijing.


If I was compelled to translate it phrase for word, it’ll be “hand seize pancake.” Basically, rather of slicing them into wedges, those Chinese pancakes are designed to be pulled aside by means of way of hand. The layers make it simple to pull apart, and also you get a nice blend of chewy and crispy.


The different factor that makes those Chinese pancakes distinctive from, say, our scallion pancake recipe is the flavored roux that’s infused with scallion, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns. It offers the pancakes a subtle, perfect taste which are distinctive from the extra ordinary scallion pancakes most folks have tried.


Before we start, there’s one predominant factor to level out: this shou zhua bing recipe requires a nice quantity of oil. In the antique days, lard was typically utilized in making those varieties of foods, however it’s been changed by means of way of oil in fresh years. Essentially, that fats is the essential thing to getting it right. Okay, let’s get started.


STEP 1: MAKE THE FLAVORED ROUX:
3 tablespoons oil
4 scallions, white elements only (whole, now not chopped)
3 star anise
1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon five-spice powder
In a small saucepan over low heat, upload the oil. Throw within the scallion pieces, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns. Keep the pan over low warmth for about 10 minutes, till fragrant.


Pick out all of the spices, so that you nearly have a pot filled with spiced oil. Stir within the flour and five-spice powder to create a skinny roux. Set it aside, and permit it cool completely.


STEP 2: MAKE THE DOUGH:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup chilly water
In a blending bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a nicely within the flour and upload the boiling water. Mix with a fork or a pair of chopsticks.


Gradually upload the chilly water and knead everything collectively to type a delicate dough ball. Cover with a humid material and permit it relaxation for 30 minutes.


STEP 3: ASSEMBLY
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions (optional)
Salt, to taste
Depending on the pancake measurement you want, divide the dough into 4-8 equal pieces. Lightly brush a few oil on a blank work surface. Roll every piece of dough right into a lengthy rope, after which use a rolling pin to roll it flat.


Stand the roll upright and press it down together with your palm. Lightly roll out the ensuing circle till you get a pancake that’s among 1/4-1/2” thick. It’s ok of the outer edges spoil open a bit. Repeat for every pancake.


At this point, you’ll be able to cook dinner them, or freeze them by means of way of separating every pancake with a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper, after which placing them in a freezer bag. There’s no need for thawing for those who desire to cook dinner them.


COOKING:
Heat a pan or solid iron skillet over medium warmth and upload a tablespoon or NULL of oil. Place the pancake within the pan. Once the backside begins to turn a bit bit golden, upload NULL teaspoons of water to the aspects of the pan (don’t pour the water on the pancake), and at this time conceal with a lid. Cook 3 minutes. Uncover the pan, flip the pancake, and do the similar steps with the different side.


To finish, discover the lid again, ensue the warmth slightly, and brown equally aspects whereas flipping the pancake occasionally. When it’s golden brown, use a pair of chopsticks to squeeze and pinch the pancake a pair occasions to loosen the layers (this step is optional), simply due to the fact you ideally desire to see the layers for those who hand-pull it apart. The cooked pancake must be crispy and somewhat chewy.


Shou Zhua Bing (Crispy Chinese Pancakes)
Shou Zhua Bing is a deliciously superb cousin of the scallion pancake that translates to “Hand seize pancake” simply due to the fact you’ll be able to just pull aside the layers.


Ingredients
For the roux:
3 tablespoons oil
4 scallions (white elements only; whole, now not chopped)
3 star anise
1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon five-spice powder
For the dough:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup chilly water
To assemble:
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions (optional)
Salt (to taste)


Instructions
Make the flavored roux:
In a small saucepan over low heat, upload the oil. Throw within the scallion pieces, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns. Keep the pan over low warmth for about 10 minutes, till fragrant. Pick out all of the spices, so that you nearly have a pot filled with spiced oil. Stir within the flour and five-spice powder to create a skinny roux. Set it aside, and permit it cool completely.
Make the dough:
In a blending bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a nicely within the flour and upload the boiling water. Mix with a fork or a pair of chopsticks. Gradually upload the chilly water and knead everything collectively to type a delicate dough ball. Cover with a humid material and permit it relaxation for 30 minutes.


Assembly:
Depending on the pancake measurement you want, divide the dough into 4-8 equal pieces. Lightly brush a few oil on a blank work surface. Roll every piece of dough right into a lengthy rope, after which use a rolling pin to roll it flat. Brush a skinny layer of the roux throughout the dough, after which sprinkle it sparingly with sesame seeds, chopped scallion, and salt.
Start on one cease and roll the dough up. Stand the roll upright and press it down together with your palm. Lightly roll out the ensuing circle till you get a pancake that’s among 1/4-1/2” thick. It’s ok of the outer edges spoil open a bit. Repeat for every pancake.
At this point, you’ll be able to cook dinner them, or freeze them by means of way of separating every pancake with a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper, after which placing them in a freezer bag. There’s no need for thawing for those who desire to cook dinner them.
To cook dinner the pancakes:
Heat a pan over medium warmth and upload a tablespoon or NULL of oil. Place the pancake within the pan. Once the backside begins to turn a bit bit golden, upload NULL teaspoons of water to the aspects of the pan (don’t pour the water on the pancake), and at this time conceal with a lid. Cook 3 minutes. Uncover the pan, flip the pancake, and do the similar steps with the different side.
To finish, discover the lid again, ensue the warmth slightly, and brown equally aspects whereas flipping the pancake occasionally. When it’s golden brown, use a pair of chopsticks to squeeze and pinch the pancake a pair occasions to loosen the layers (this step is optional), simply due to the fact you ideally desire to see the layers for those who hand-pull it apart. The cooked pancake must be crispy and somewhat chewy.


Nutrition
Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 5.2mg