Chinese Chive Pancakes

Growing up, my mom would always make these pancakes when Chinese chives were in season, which they are right now. So when I was walking around Chinatown and saw them at the market, I found myself craving the pancakes she makes. Since I now live 3000 miles away from her, I knew that if I wanted any at all, I would have to learn to make them myself. A quick Facetime call later, I had a rough idea what I needed.

These are super easy to make and only require a few ingredients.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 cups Chinese chives, end trimmed off, cut into 1-2 inch pieces


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, water, egg, salt, and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add in the chopped chives and mix until incorporated.
  3. Heat up oil of choice on a 10 inch skillet, medium heat. Scoop half the batter onto the pan, smoothing the pancake out evenly with your ladle.
  4. Cook each side for about 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip, and do the same with the other side.
  5. Serve with soy sauce or your favorite hot sauce – my go to is sambel oelek. Tear at them (which I used to do as a kid) or cut them into quarters or eights for manageable servings. Enjoy!

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