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Taiwanese Green Onion Pancakes

I’ve been on the hunt for the best green onion pancakes for years now. I grew up eating green onion pancakes and have my idea of the perfect pancake. So when I saw these Taiwanese green onion pancakes, I had to try them. Take a look at how these Trader Joe’s green onion pancakes lived up to the ones of my childhood.

What are green onion pancakes?

Green onion pancakes are also known as scallion pancakes. They are a traditional Chinese food known as cong you bing and make a delicious snack or addition to any meal.

They’re easy to make at home. The essential ingredients are flour, salt, oil, water, and green onion. And when you cook them, you get a nice aromatic scent from the green onion or scallions.

There are actually several variations of green onion pancakes. Some are thin and crispy while others have a chewier texture in the middle. I’ve even had some that were thicker like bread.

They can be served as a tasty appetizer, accompanied by a dipping sauce such as soy sauce or chili oil. You’ll also find them used as a wrap for other foods like in the traditional green onion pancake beef rolls dish.

Why buy the Trader Joe’s version?

The Trader Joe’s version is so convenient. The pancakes come frozen and individually packaged, making them easy to store and prepare whenever you’re in the mood for one. 

The instructions for cooking them are straightforward too. Just heat them in a frying pan with a bit of oil until they turn golden brown. They’re ready in a matter of minutes.

You could also air fry them, which would require no oil. I used minimal oil when pan frying it and didn’t need to drain it on a paper towel after cooking. It didn’t come out oily at all.

How does the Trader Joe’s green onion pancake taste?

Delicious! This pancake browned nicely over medium heat so the outer layer had a bit of dry, flaky texture while the interior remained soft and chewy. I like the chewy middle because I had to chew a bit longer, letting me enjoy the taste and experience of eating it. 

I made this as a side to a dinner of ginger scallion fish and Trader Joe’s stir fry garlicky cabbage, but as I was eating it, I thought this would be perfect with a satay peanut sauce or as a wrapper for other foods. 

I actually wrapped a bit of canned fried dace fish with black beans in it, and that was delicious too. You could wrap other kinds of meat or vegetables in it. 

How does Trader Joe’s green onion pancake compare to other brands?

The Trader Joe’s version is just as good as other brands I’ve tried. This version didn’t flake as much as some green onion pancakes do, but that’s not necessary for a great pancake.

Other brands I’ve tried:

  • There is one brand I’ve tried that I absolutely love. I couldn’t find it again when I went to an Asian grocery store. I’ll add it here if I can find it.  
  • Raya Puff Paratha Spring Onion Asian Pancakes – This version has a very obvious buttery flavor from margarine and butter flavoring. I liked the savory taste and flaky texture of this pancake, but wouldn’t reach for this one if I wanted a more traditional tasting pancake.
  • L&W Green Onion Flatcake – This is my least favorite brand. The interior lacks a distinct crispiness or chewiness and the taste is bland. This one falls flat, which is maybe why it’s called a flatcake.

The Verdict

Whether you’re a fan of Chinese food or simply looking for a convenient snack, Trader Joe’s Taiwanese green onion pancakes are a fantastic choice. They have a great taste and texture, better than that offered by some Asian brands, and are easy to prepare. At $They’ll be a regular item in my home freezer. 

Rating: 4/5

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