Chinese Savory Pancakes

Chinese Savory Pancakes

Mom often made these Chinese Savory Pancakes as a tea time treat when my brothers and I were growing up. Although they were deep fried, we called them pancakes. These cakes were crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. They were really tasty right out of the pan dipped in sweet chili sauce. Mom would allow us to eat while she continued to fry batch after batch in the kitchen until we all had our fill.

The essential ingredient in this pancake is the Chinese chives, sometimes called garlic chives. It has a deep green color similar to regular chives but the leaves are broad and flat instead of hollow. It has a garlicky flavor and is often used as an ingredient in fried noodles.

Chinese Savory Pancakes
Chinese Savory Pancakes

I made some adjustments to Mom’s recipe. I added some carrots and used chopped cooked shrimps instead of dried shrimps. I also chose to pan fry the cakes instead of deep frying them.

Chinese Savory Pancakes
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 oz (115g) Chinese chives, trimmed and cut into ½-inch lengths
  • 1 medium sized carrot, finely diced
  • 1 red chili, finely diced (optional)
  • 4 oz (115g) cooked shrimps, chopped
  • 1 cup (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, egg, water and salt. Stir to make a smooth batter. The batter should have a smooth, thick consistency. Stir in vegetables and shrimps. Mix well.
  2. Heat about 2 tablespoon oil in a fry pan. Pour a ladle of batter (about ¼ cup) into pan for each pancake. Pan fry about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip pancakes and fry for another 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Do not over crowd pan. Fry in two batches.
  3. Serve warm with sweet chili sauce.


Chinese Savory Pancakes

I also made a gluten-free version using 1 cup (130g) of rice flour and only ¾ cup (180ml) of water.

Gluten-Free Chinese Savory Pancakes
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 oz (115g) Chinese chives, trimmed and cut into ½-inch lengths
  • 1 medium sized carrot, finely diced
  • 1 red chili, finely diced (optional)
  • 4 oz (115g) cooked shrimps, chopped
  • 1 cup (130g) rice flour
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup (180ml) water
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine rice flour, egg, water and salt. Stir to make a smooth batter. The batter should have a smooth, thick consistency. Stir in vegetables and shrimps. Mix well.
  2. Heat about 2 tablespoon oil in a fry pan. Pour a ladle of batter (about ¼ cup) into pan for each pancake. Pan fry about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip pancakes and fry for another 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Do not over crowd pan. Fry in two batches.
  3. Serve warm with sweet chili sauce.


Chinese Savory Pancakes
NOTE: This post was updated on May 24th, 2012 with new pictures. I added a red chili to the recipe but it is optional.

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Comments

  1. MaryMoh says

    Great food…my favourite. We must be craving for the same thing 😀 I made these today…sooo good with chili sauce.

  2. Biren says

    Hamms – Try it! It's easy but tasty.

    MaryMoh – You made these too? Yes, it is delicious with chili sauce.

    Haruna '38 – Thanks! I like it with the Lingham's spicy, sweet chili sauce.

    Divina Pe – Water chestnut will give it a nice crunch. Will try it if I can get them. A little more difficult to find over here.

  3. Cooking Rookie says

    I've tried to make Asian pancakes once and failed miserably. Yours look so good that I feel like I should try again :-)
    Great inspiring pictures!

  4. Mother Rimmy says

    I love the ingredients in these little pancakes. These would make great appetizers for Happy Hour Fridays!

  5. Annabel says

    What do you call these in Chinese? I wonder if I have tried these before… i might recognize the chinese name. Thanks :)

  6. Christine says

    Im going to try this recipe tomorrow. Will be adding some shallots in. Hope it will taste great! Nice photos u have here…

  7. Cindi says

    I use a mayo-soy sauce-sirhacha dipping sauce with these. I love savory pancakes. Thanks, Biren, for another winner.

    • Biren says

      That sounds like a delicious dipping sauce to go with these pancakes. You are most welcomed, Cindi! :)

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