New York City’s Yaso Tangbao is known primarily for excellent soup dumplings, but there are lots of other Shanghainese street food delicacies on the menu, like these simple yet satisfying scallion pancakes. You’ll just need to procure a couple special ingredients, either from a local Asian market or online: medium gluten flour (which may be labeled Asian all-purpose flour; a common brand to look for is Sunshine), and pork sung (also known as pork floss or rousong, among other names), fluffy dried shredded pork that adds meaty flavor and ethereal texture to lots of dishes.
Here, the flour is mixed with sesame oil and scallions to form an easy batter, quickly cooked in hot oil to a crepe-like consistency, and rolled up around the pork floss and a fried egg; make the yolk as runny—or not—as you like it, or even scramble the egg instead. If you have a gram scale, you can precisely weigh out your ingredients, but the standard measurements given should work well. And in no time, you’ll have an absurdly simple, fast, and delicious breakfast or snack! Double, triple, or otherwise increase the ingredient amounts to make multiple pancakes. If you don’t eat pork, you can try this with fish floss instead (it’s way more delicious than it sounds).
Try serving these with any sauce you like: hoisin, Tangy Soy Dipping Sauce, Chile Garlic Sauce, or Sriracha. And if you’re looking for more ways to use that giant tub of pork floss, try it on our Ginger Chicken Jook (Rice Porridge) recipe, and our Basic Asian Broiled Tofu recipe.
The name may sound strange to the unfamiliar, but this is simply pork that's been cooked in sweet soy until ultra tender, then finely shredded and oven-dried, until it's fluffy and meaty and something akin to pork cotton candy (but much tastier than that)! It's great sprinkled on all sorts of dishes for an umami-boosting fillip of flavor and texture.Buy Now ›
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