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Apr 8, 2011 11:28 AM

Best Scallion/Onion/Green Onion Pancakes in the Bay Area?

Growing up on the East Coast, all of my favorite cheap American Chinese restaurants had scallion pancakes (sometimes called green onion or just onion pancakes) on their menu; crisp and oily, great for dipping in soy sauce.

I've seen them on a few menus here in the Bay, but typically they are much doughier and not nearly that crackling delight I remember.

Does anyone know where to get something that better approximates what I remember? Or why the examples I've found here are so doughy?

Is it related to San Francisco's overly doughy take on the New York pizza slice? Discuss. ;-)


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  1. Henry's Hunan's are thin and crisp.

    Henry's Hunan Restaurant
    924 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Henry's Hunan Restaurant
    110 Natoma St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    Henry's Hunan Restaurant
    1016 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Henry's Hunan
    1708 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Cool, will have to check it out, thanks!

    2. The scallion pancakes at Joy Restaurant, in Foster City, are very good and crisp (not doughy and not oily either). If I recall correctly, it's the one version I've had in the area that's the most similar to the home-cooked Taiwanese style I grew up eating.

      Others may have better recs If your preference is for a deep-fried version (which I don't like myself).

      Joy Restaurant
      1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

      1. It is interesting that the Shanghainese and non Cantonese Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong offer scallion pancakes that are like sliced up multilayered fried crispy bagels (in shape), but a vast majority of places in SF Bay Area do a Taiwanese style that range from a fairly thin almost crepe like round pie to ones that can be multi-layered and "hand torn", to some Northern Islamic Chinese variants (baked sesame bread, of which some have scallions in them).

        I agree with abstractpoet that 5 Joy in Foster City does a pretty decent version that ofers a lot of middle ground, although it is not the deep fried rendition which is quite rare....I think last time I came across one was at Hana in San Jose, a Japanese Chinese place where they hired a chef from Sichuan, and their scallion pancake was called negi-mochi.

        1. lottsa great choices for pancakes at the Korean restos in Oakland.

          1. Old Mandarin Islamic and Wonton King on Irving at 20th (of all places) come to mind.

            Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
            3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116