March 10, 2005

Classic Chinese Bing

Every culture has a breadstuff staple and this is one of my favorites. If you go to Asian supermarkets (don't go on a Saturday, it's a zoo!) you can find these in the bread section for about $2.00, but with the simplest of ingredients and a bit of elbow grease, you can make your own that are hot and delicious.

Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cups flour
-1 cup water
-2-3 stalks of green onions, sliced
-oil
-salt
-egg (optional)

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and water and mix until a soft dough forms. Let the dough stand for 10-20 minutes in the bowl and cover the bowl with a damp cloth. Meanwhile, assemble your other ingredients (salt, oil, green onions).

dough

2. Split the dough in half and roll out the first portion until thin.

knead and roll out

3.Sprinkle with salt and press lightly with rolling pin to incorporate. Add oil and spread by folding the rolled dough over itself until it is well covered in oil to the edges.

oil

3. Spread green onion across the bing and add a light layer of flour.

add ingredients

4. Roll up the bing starting from the shortest side.

roll up like sushi

5. Continue rolling until the dough resembles a log. Twist the log ends in opposite directions until it feels tight.

twist

6. Split the log into equal sections and tear sections off with hands. Roll up into a ball and lightly knot the dough.

knot

7. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand and roll out a second time. (This part can get messy but fun!)

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<p>8. Cook each bing over heated and oiled skillet on medium high heat until golden brown. Ta-dah!</p>

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If desired, you can add an egg onto the bing and fold it over so that you get something a bit more filling:

with egg!

Simply repeat the steps with the other half of the dough, or, if you don't think you can finish everything all in one sitting, go through the steps up to step 6. The rolled up dough balls can keep in the fridge in a bag or wrapped in plastic wrap until you're ready to flatten and cook them. The ingredients here make about 7-8 medium sized bings. Delicious!

There are variations to this bing theme, if you omit the green onions, you get a plain tortilla style dough. This is great topped with pasta sauce, veggies and cheese then baked for a homestyle pizza. Or, experiment with ingredients you like using that's around in the kitchen...

Posted by Cathy at March 10, 2005 12:00 PM