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scallion pancakes

Black Ginger Mar 28, 2009 06:10 PM

Are there any Chinese restaurants in the Austin area that serve scallion pancakes?

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    stephanieh RE: Black Ginger Mar 28, 2009 06:19 PM

    Here's a thread from last year where someone else was asking about them. I'm sure there are other places as well.


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      ieathereforeiam RE: Black Ginger Mar 28, 2009 07:27 PM

      chen's has green onion pancakes. they are pretty good.

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        Allison L. RE: ieathereforeiam Mar 29, 2009 03:58 PM

        Chen's green onion pancakes are unique and fantastic! I think they are like $1.50 or something but they are very small, so you'd probably need two to share. I gotta say, we always order scallion pancakes wherever we see them and these are the best I've ever had. They are different than what I'm used to - more light and floury, and not the least bit greasy.

        For the doughy, chewy, greasy version (which I also appreciate), I think the best place might be Coco's Cafe on 183 & Ohlen. Plus you get to enjoy them with a bubble tea :-)

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        rollledspleen RE: Black Ginger Mar 29, 2009 05:16 AM

        Pao's has the best scallion pancakes I've ever had in Austin (now Lakeway). A crave-worthy version of the recipe.

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          sambamaster RE: Black Ginger Mar 29, 2009 09:50 AM

          Try Asian Cafe on SATURDAY mornings (till about 2pm) when they serve them on their special Chinese breakfast menu which includes Chinese "churros" (sorta), hot soy milk in which to dip them, and various other snacky things...they don't have them any other time, but this menu is worth trying on occasion. Also, the scene there is quite interesting, bustling with Chinese (mostly) families devouring these little edible mementos of home...y'all down there don't know how lucky you are to have this great little joint, as well as the adjoining market and it's China-centric food selection, quite different from the other, more SE Asian oriented, markets that predominate in Austin.

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            pwang RE: sambamaster May 5, 2009 11:49 AM

            And by way of nutritional disclaimer: the Chinese "churros" are literally called "grease sticks" in Chinese, so just be forewarned that they are not the most healthful food in the world. But they sure are delicious when dipped in the soy milk.

            (They are also commonly chopped up and served in congee, so folks may recognize them from their dim sum experiences.)

          2. Homero RE: Black Ginger Mar 30, 2009 10:54 AM

            I really like the scallion pancakes from Coco's Cafe. To me they are light, flaky, and not as greasy as other places. Half an order is like 2 bucks, and is enough for one person. The full order is a pretty large amount. I like to eat them there, because, I don't think they travel well. They come out piping hot, and will steam and get soggy in a container on the ride home.

            I also get the scallion pancakes from China Palace, which are also pretty good, although a little thicker, heavier, and greasier. Good flavor. And their spicy soy vinegar dipping sauce is my favorite.

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              hnewburn RE: Homero May 3, 2009 07:19 PM

              Second vote for Coco's. That and the great soup make me wonder why I don't go there more... They reheat in the oven OK, but they are definitely better fresh.

            2. slowcoooked RE: Black Ginger May 3, 2009 07:03 PM

              I second Sambamaster's Sat. Morning rec at Asia Cafe. Beware though, last time I was there, they weren't listed in English, and the chinese name is something like (pardon the guess) Tsong Zho Ping, more phonetic than actual spelling. so so good.

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                pwang RE: slowcoooked May 5, 2009 11:47 AM

                For English-speakers, try pronouncing it as "Tsong Yeoh Being"

              2. bookgrrl72 RE: Black Ginger May 4, 2009 08:27 AM

                The ones at Coco's are good, although I find them rather greasy. On our lucky days at Shanghai for weekend dim sum, they have DELICIOUS fresh scallion pancakes, And if they aren't on the carts, they will make them for you if you ask.

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