Spring Garlic Pancakes
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup warm water
- Vegetable or peanut oil for cooking
- 1 cup chopped spring garlic*
- 1/4 cup light soy sauce
- 1 tbl rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp minced ginger
- 1 spring garlic stem finely chopped
- Make the dipping sauce by whisking all the ingredients together. Set aside.
- To make the pancakes add the flour to a large mixing bowl and slowing stir in the warm water to form a dough like consistency.
- Use a knife to cut the dough into four even pieces.
- Take one dough ball at a time and using a roller pin roll the dough into a circle. Sprinkle a quarter of the finely chopped spring garlic onto the circle and fold it onto itself three or four times ensuring the spring garlic is evenly distributed. Repeat with remaining three dough balls.
- Heat a large skillet to a medium-high heat. While it is heating, brush the pancakes with oil on one side. Sprinkle with salt.
- Fry the pancake for 2-3 minutes. While it is cooking, brush the top with oil and sprinkle with salt. Flip the pancake. and for another 2-3 minutes.
- Repeat with the remaining pancakes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into wedges.
- Serve warm with the dipping sauce.
This recipe is easily adaptable. Try using fresh coriander in the mixture to add to the complexity of flavours.
*What is spring garlic? Spring garlic is young garlic that has been harvested prior to it being fully formed into a bulb with individual cloves. The flavour is not as intense, but delicious and ‘garlicy’ nonetheless. The eating of spring garlic is very common in Europe and has become increasing popular in Australia.
Why eat spring garlic? Besides the fact that it tastes great, Australian garlic is not readily available this time of year. People are forced to purchase garlic imported from China or Spain that has been bleached and treated with chemicals that are banned in Australia. When you buy spring garlic you are getting the opportunity to eat Australian garlic for a longer period of time during growing season.
How to use spring garlic? Simply chop the bulb up finely and use it like you would a clove of garlic. It is delicious!