Discard Scallion Pancakes

Talking with my wife about the “good old days”, when one could just get in the car and drive to a restaurant, sit down and have a meal and be welcomed..

She mentioned about a youtube video she watched about “Scallion Pancakes”, and that the recipe was rather complicated. My comment was that it is pretty much a savory pancake, and we could just a pre made batter for this.

Of course, I was speaking of my sourdough starter discard, and as I will be baking tomorrow, I’ll need to feed tonight, so let’s use the discard.

As scallion pancakes are found all over Asia, I’ll have to admit this is a total case of cultural theft and abuse….

Discard Scallion Pancake

Quick and easy, savory and filling..
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Chinese, Korean
Servings 4 Pancakes
Calories 116 kcal


For Pancakes

  • 250 grams Starter / Discard ~ 1 cup
  • 10 grams Ginger / Garlic Paste ~ 1 tsp (to taste)
  • 5 grams Salt
  • 1/2 cup Scallions Washed, Sliced thinly
  • 1 - 1.5 tbsp Sesame Oil To taste, Toasted
  • 1 gram Baking Soda ~ 1/8 tsp
  • 1 gram Baking Powder ~ 1/8 tsp
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds

For sauce

  • 10 grams Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce


  • In a medium bowl, mix starter, oil, ginger paste, baking powder / soda. Thin to a thick batter with water, add small amount of water at at time
  • Cover and let rest 30 minutes
  • In a cast iron skillet over medium high heat add ~1 tsp sesame oil, whence it shimmers
  • add 1/4 the batter, top with sliced scallions and 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Whence the surface bubbles and edges darken, (Just like a pancake) flip them and cook another 2-3minutes
  • For the Sauce, mix all together and serve to the side


Just a quick snack to alleviate boredom, and use discard from feeding my starter ...
For a bit of a kick, add minced chili's along with the scallions


Calories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1311mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bread, Sourdough
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  Filed under: Asian, Bread, Cast Iron, Cultural-Misappropriation, Fried, Korean, Pub Food, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

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