Chinese Chive Pancake (Jiucai Hezi)

The Chinese chive pancake, known in Chinese as jiu cai he zi, originated from northeast China. It is a kind of pasta snack. It is very popular in the northeast and is also a holiday food in some areas.

Chinese Chive Pancake

The jiu cai he zi is made with chives, eggs, and noodles as the main ingredients. Eating chives has many benefits, such as promoting intestinal motility and reducing cholesterol absorption.

I think that the jiu cai he zi we make today is golden and fragrant.

Chinese Chive Pancake

As it is an easy recipe to make, why not just make it from scratch and not buy pre-made ones from the store? On top of this, making it from scratch, you get to mix the tastes along with developing other skills.

Ingredient:

  • 300 grams of flour
  • 200 grams of chives
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 grams of shrimp

Chinese Chive Pancake Ingredient

Seasoning:

  • 1 spoonful of salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salad oil

Step 1: Pour the flour into a big bowl, take two cups of cold water, a glass of 120 ml, and a glass of 60 ml.

Chinese Chive Pancake step1

120 milliliters of cold water is heated in a microwave oven to 80 degrees Celsius or more. Pour into the flour. Stir the flour with chopsticks immediately. The flour will then be a cotton-like consistency.

Then add the remaining 60ml of cold water, until the dough cools down and is no longer scalding hot, knead the dough until it is smooth and able to pick up by your hand, probably stretching and folding for 5-10 minutes is enough.

Different flours have different water absorption rates. It may be necessary to add some flour and/or water according to the texture of the mixture in order to adjust the degree of dryness or wetness.

Knead the dough until it is smooth and no longer sticky. The bowl should be covered with a damp cloth and the dough now needs to rest for about half an hour. Prepare the filling ingredients while you wait.

Step 2: Once the dough has rested, then it is kneaded and divided into small portions. Take a rolling pin and roll the dough into a circle. Use a small bowl to make a circle on the dough and cut out the circle.

Chinese Chive Pancake step2

Step 3: Crack the eggs into the frying pan and cook it like an omelet.

Chinese Chive Pancake step3

Step 4: Wash, drain, and chop the chives. Wash, drain and devein the shrimp, then chop them. The omelet is now cut into pieces.

Chinese Chive Pancake step4

Step 5: Combine the chives, shrimp, and eggs into the bowl. Add salt, sugar, soy sauce, and salad oil. Stir all the ingredients together.

Chinese Chive Pancake step5

Step 6: Place a spoonful of the mixed ingredients on one side of the dough round.

Chinese Chive Pancake step6

Step 7: Fold in half, press the edges together tightly, and then form the lace edging with your fingers.

Chinese Chive Pancake step7

Follow the steps below to make the lace edging:

Steps to make the lace edging

Step 8: Heat the pan and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the prepared jiu cai he zi.

Chinese Chive Pancake step8

Step 9: Using a low heat, cook until both sides are golden brown.

Chinese Chive Pancake step9

Tips:
In addition to the chives stuffing, you can also make your own blend of vegetable fillings.

1. There are 3 methods to make the Chinese dough. You can use cold water, warm water, or hot water. When using hot water, use 80 to 100 degrees Celsuis water to knead the dough. The chemical bond of macromolecule in the dough will be broken under the hot temperature. The starch swells and gelatinizes at high temperatures, which reduces the toughness and gluten of the dough and increases the softness and extensibility of the dough. However, if you use all the hot water, the dough is too soft to form, so add some cold water. The taste and shape can be guaranteed.

2. It is better to use gluten flour in jiu cai he zi,. The proportion of flour and total water used should be five to three. The water is divided into two parts: two thirds of the water is heated in a microwave to 80 degrees Celsius, and the other one third of the cold water is kept cold.

3. Stir with chopsticks while adding the hot water, do not use your hands. Wait for the dough to cool before touching it with your hands. In order to increase the dough strength, I knead the dough a little bit for about 5-10 minutes.

4. Put the Chinese chive pancake into the pan when the oil temperature is not too high, or too low. Cook the pancake over a medium heat so that it cooks at an even temperature. This will cook the inside and outside of the pancake evenly. Be careful to not cook the pancake too quickly by using a higher heat as this will burn it and not give you the desirable taste you are looking for.

The jiu cai he zi of today should be the most common and most classic food in northern China.

This jiu cai he zi was my family’s dinner yesterday. In the morning, we did our preparations by preparing various kinds of ingredients that were used as the fillings and put them in the refrigerator. In the evening, the fillings were mixed and cooked, ready to be tasted. In 20 minutes, you can eat a delicious jiu cai he zi, which is more convenient and time-saving than eating rice, and the aroma of chives is very easy to excite your appetite.

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