Takeout Remedy…or I’ll have the #4 please

There’s this running joke in the movie Two Weeks Notice (2002) where Sandra Bullock’s character Lucy, who is a Mylanta-guzzling, workaholic stress-eater, phones in for ridiculously large orders of Chinese takeout (mostly for herself) from her favorite neighborhood restaurant.  We don’t exactly know what she’s ordering, aside from a last minute addition of egg rolls, because Lucy is such a regular she’s memorized the menu and just goes by the numbers.

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While I don’t usually pull a “Lucy” (ordering enough to feed six), I do have my favorite neighborhood Chinese restaurants on speed dial, and have been known to call in orders on my way home from work on a semi-regular basis.  Gotta love that bluetooth technology in my car!   Like Lucy, I tend to order my standbys, although they vary from restaurant to restaurant because no one place has everything I want.  So, if I’m in the mood for Beef Chow Fun and Singapore Rice Noodles, it’s coming from Just Won Won.  If I want Fook Keen Fried Rice, it’s Riverside.  However, if I have a hankering for Fried Scallion Pancakes, I’m shit out of luck.  After several tries (I kept hoping they were just having an off night), my old go-to place has alas failed to deliver a product worthy of the calories.

Being a woman whose culinary pursuits are directly linked to her appetite, I haven’t let that minor glitch keep me from indulging my cravings.  Okay, it’s not exactly instant gratification–they do take a little time and effort to make–but these (relatively) easy Fried Scallion Pancakes with Peanut Sauce are truly satisfying…and worth the calories.  All you need is some flour, a couple of scallions, a little toasted sesame, chunky peanut butter, soy sauce, some frying oil and you’re in business!  Who needs take-out?!

Fried Scallion Pancakes 

(adapted from Dim Sum by Ellen Leong Blonder)

Yield: 6

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling hot water
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seed
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. boiling hot water
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce

Whisk together the ingredients until the water and soy sauce are fully incorporated into the peanut butter.


Fried Scallion Pancakes with Peanut Sauce
Fried Scallion Pancakes with Peanut Sauce



Author: Puddingyrl

I'm a pastry chef (geek) whose appetite invariably exceeds the actual size of my stomach. Skinny jeans be damned! My innate curiosity usually leads to full-blown obsessions--culinary and otherwise--which is why you'll find me sticking my finger in the proverbial pudding...if not licking the whole damn bowl. Given my varied interests, I figured blogging is a good way for me to explore those ideas that are always nibbling at my brain. Along for the ride are two of my girlfriends who share some of my obsessions and have no problems diving headlong into that bowl of pudding. After all, it's more fun to share the calories!

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