Happy Chinese New Year!
I love Chinese food, but truth be told, I just don't have a lot of good luck cooking it. My latest Chinese cooking adventure was Moo Shu Pork, which is probably my favorite dish to eat out. I used this recipe from Cooking Light with mixed results.
The mandarin pancakes, though, turned out great. I used my stand mixer to make it easier. Here's how I made them.
I added boiling water to flour in the bowl of the stand mixer.
I kneaded with dough hook until a soft dough formed.
I kneaded by hand until the dough was smooth.
When I weighed the dough, it weighed 1 pound. That made it easy to figure out how to divide it into 16 pieces.
To divide into 16 equal balls, I just weighed them.
Sixteen1-ounce balls of dough.
I rolled into 6-inch circles on a floured surface. They weren't perfect circles.
I brushed 8 pancakes with sesame oil.
I topped each of those with another pancake.
I cooked one sandwich at a time in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. It took about one minute on each side to cook them.
They were slightly puffed when they were done. I used them the way you'd use flour tortillas in Mexican cooking.
Here's the recipe for the pancakes.
MANDARIN PANCAKES - Stand Mixer Version
Adapted from this Cooking Light recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir, using the dough hook, until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 3 minutes). Divide the dough into 16 equal portions. (I found the dough weighed exactly one pound, and weighed out 16 one-ounce balls). Roll each dough portion into a 6-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Brush 8 pancakes evenly with oil. Top each with one of the remaining pancakes, gently pressing together.
Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place 1 pancake stack in pan, and cook 1 minute on each side or until slightly puffed. Remove from pan, and cool. Peel pancakes apart.
Fill with your favorite Moo Shu filling. I don't have a reliable favorite to share just yet.
If you are on Weight Watchers, the pancakes are two Points Plus each.