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Flaky Chinese-Style Ramp Pancakes

Chinese-Style Ramp Pancakes

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher (Crumb)
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Ramps (aka wild leeks) take the place of scallions in this new-school twist on the classic dim sum staple.



Ramp Pancakes:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced ramps
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Canola oil, for frying

Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Continuing to stir as you go, slowly pour in a steady stream of boiling water, until the dough pulls together into a ball.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead 10-12 times or until smooth. Divide into two equally-sized pieces, and roll each one into a ball. Cover with damp cloth and let rest for half an hour.
  3. Once the dough has rested, roll the first ball into a 16 x 10-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Gently brush half of the sesame oil onto the rolled out dough, then sprinkle evenly with half of the chopped ramps and half of the salt.
  5. Starting from the long end of the rectangle, roll the dough up tightly jelly-roll style, creating a long rope of rolled-out dough. Using a sharp knife, cut the rope in half. Repeat this process with the second piece of dough.
  6. Working with one piece at a time, coil each piece to create a spiral, and gently flatten it with your hand. Using a rolling pin, roll out the spiral into a 5-inch pancake.
  7. Heat a small amount of canola oil in heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, gently slide in the first pancake. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crisp.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small bowl until combined.
  9. Cut the pancakes into wedges and serve immediately with a small bowl of dipping sauce alongside.
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Appetiser