Scallion pancakes are definitely in that category of "easier-to-make-than-you-think" foods. All those flaky layers point towards hours of work and folding (like homemade croissants or puff pastry), but in reality these babies can come together in no time. Diana Kuan's scallion pancakes in The Chinese Takeout Cookbook are a prime example.
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I don't often have time during the week to bust out some serious banchan, but is there a way to turn a Korean scallion pancake into a quick meal? Yes, and this is it.
In the summer I get a bit lazy with side dishes. With the abundance of fresh produce from both the farmers' market and my garden, I usually serve vegetables and call it a day. The exception? Corn-scallion pancakes, which I serve with everything from barbecue chicken to ribs to salad. (I've even been known to wrap them around hot dogs for an easy mock corn dog.)
Note: You can make this recipe without the food processor. Just stir the flour with a wooden spoon or chopsticks in a large bowl as you add the boiling water. After it comes together, turn it out onto a floured...