This week we brought back a favorite from last year’s Breakfast Around the World class, green onion pancakes, a classic Taiwanese breakfast dish. We started by labeling the island of Taiwan on our map of the world. We discussed the modern-day politics behind Taiwanese independence and shared that bubble tea (or boba) was invented in Taiwan, sparking the attention of many of our boba-loving chefs.
Students made a simple dough with flour and hot water, stirring at first and then kneading by hand. They then sliced or cut the green onions thinly so the pancakes wouldn’t tear from bulky pieces and green onion flavor would be present in every bite. We cut the dough into individual pieces for students to roll out and brush with oil, then sprinkle with salt and green onion pieces. We rolled up each pancake, twisted gently down the entire length of the roll, then coiled the dough like a snail shell. We then rolled each coil to form a thin pancake, cooked the pancakes in oil, and topped them with a final sprinkling of salt before sitting down to enjoy our meal together.
Favorite quote of the week: “Oh come on! These are ridiculously good.”