Ying's ideas of easy Chinese home-cooking

Pork Mince Eggy Pancakes

猪肉蛋饼

Usually in weekends I would spend more time on preparing breakfast and brunch. Besides the usual sweet pancakes, I also make quite a lot of savoury pancakes, such as mixed vegetables pancakes, courgette pancakes, etc. Traditionally Chinese had substantial breakfast during agricultural period so as to maintain enough physical strength for a long-day hard working. Though most of us have no longer had such hard labour nowadays, many people still keep this diet. I have friends from Northeast China even having full meal with three sidedishes, soup and buns for breakfast! Thus, Bing with meat, vegetable and carbohydrate is the perfect choice.

Unlike most pancakes that mixing all ingredients into the batter, in this recipe, I layer the pork mince and egg on top, so as to produce different texture.

Serve 2-3

Ingredients –
3 eggs, about 1 cup
Pork mince, 1 cup
Spring onion, finely chopped, 1 cup
All-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cup
Glutinous rice flour, 1/2 cup, this would make the pancake softer, use starch powder instead, or skip,

How to do –
1. Prepare the meat and egg mixture. Mix the pork mince, whipped egg, spring onion together, add in half tsp of sugar and salt for seasoning. A pinch of white pepper powder would be lovely as well;
2. Mix the flour and the water, add a pinch of salt for seasoning. It should be a bit runnier than the usual pancake batter, don’t worry;
3. Oil in hot nonstick pan, add in the batter and move around till it’s flat and round. When the pancake turns half firm, spread a thin layer of the egg mixture on top, lower the heat to medium, lid covered for a few seconds till the egg mixture is set a little bit, otherwise it would be hard to flip;

4. When you see the egg mixture isn’t very runny, flip and pan fry the other side;
5. It shouldn’t take long to cook thoroughly. I would turn up the heat for a few seconds and flip again so the surface and edge are golden and crispy.

I like to serve with Sriracha chili sauce and a pinch of crispy toasted sesame seed. Or you could try other sauces such as ketchup or mustard.

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