This week has seen me doing some online reading with young Sam, which is a joy for me ( even if not for him). Food wise, we had Peking Duck, well almost, I had a duck in the freezer, taking up too much room, so for time for it to go, so on Sunday it was duck roasted with Honey and ginger and then on Monday, the rest of the duck went into Chinese pancakes.
Chinese pancakes are actually very easy to make, and today without having to go grocery shopping all you need is flour and water! Couldn’t be easier. Of course you do need some vegetables, like spring onions,celery, carrots and maybe something like spinach, Chinese cabbage or even baby gem lettuce.
To make 12 pancakes you will need:-
- 11/2 Cups ( 6 oz, 175 grms) plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2/3 Cup (160 mls) boiling water
- 1 tsp oil ( I used olive oil)
Put the flour and salt into a heatproof bowl and pour in the boiling water, mix with chops or a fork or spatula until the dough forms a ball. When it is cool enough to handle, knead the dough for several minutes until smooth, adding some flour if it is too sticky. Put into a plastic bag until ready to use.
Roll out the sought into a sausage and cut into 12 pieces. Knead each onto a ball and flatten out with the palm of your hand, and roll out into a disc, until about 6 inches in diameter, you might need to flour your surface to stop them sticking.
Heat a frying pan, or pancake pan over medium heat possibly with a smudging of oil and put in a pancake for about 40 seconds, flip over, there should be just a few flecks of brown, but basically white. Keep warm and damp in between a damp tea towel.
Serve with julienned cucumber, green onions, celery, carrots and lettuce. Serve also with hoisin sauce ( shop bought) and of course the cooked pulled duck or pork ( I guess you could also do the same with chicken) which is warm ( I just warmed ours up in the microwave).
Have fun and enjoy!