Sunday, April 05, 2009

Chive Pancake Rolls

Weather here is getting much warmer now so I like to create some simple and light for lunch. I have been craving for some fresh popiah (fresh spring rolls) since I came back from Malaysia but it was just too bad I can’t get any fresh spring roll wrappers here. Unlike in Malaysia where you can get it from the market. This is what I came up with and it's not too difficult to make. You can make this into vegetarian and all you have to do is just replace the shrimp with some tofu.

Ingredients for pancake

1 cup of flour
1 egg
1 tbsp of oil
1 ½ cup water
1 tsp of salt
A small bunch of chives – cut small

In a medium bowl, mix plain flour, egg, oil, water and salt then make into a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 minutes. When you are ready to make the pancake, add in the chives.


3 cups of shredded jicama
1 carrot – julienned
10 shrimps – peeled, clean and roughly chopped
1 small chili – chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 small onion – sliced thinly


½ cup of water or chicken stock
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
1 tbsp of soy sauce
½ tsp of sugar
1 tsp of cornstarch
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a bowl and set it aside. In a pan, heat up 2 tbsp of oil, stir fry garlic and onion until soft and fragrant.
2. Add in shrimps, chili, carrot, shredded cabbage and stir-fry for a minute and then add in the seasoning. Continue to cook until the gravy thickens and reduced. Check the seasoning. Dish out and set it aside.
3. Heat up a non-stick pan over low heat; brush a little oil to the pan.
4. Pour some batter to the pan and swirl into a round thin pancake. Let it cook and then flip the pancake over and cook for another a few second.
5. To assemble the roll, put some filling on top of the pancake, and roll it up like a spring roll.

Note : You can replace the jicama with shredded cabbage or any kind of vegetables you like.


Anonymous said...

I've had these pancakes, but never stuffed with anything. this sounds almost like a popiah. yummy! I'd like to give this a try...but would using whole grain flour change the flavor drastically?

vanillasugarblog said...

my hubby would flip over these! this is all he likes to eat (and scallion pancakes) when we go out to eat.
Wonderful! I must try this

Dori said...

I've never had spring rolls made fresh like this before, looks great!

bigfish_chin said...

pancakes!!! my mom use to make this when i stay at home. Been never try this since 10 years ago, i left home for further study and work. May be i should try to make it my own...lovely!

Elin Chia said...

Gert, wow, nice one. I am hooked on chives lately so I am going to try this out but I can never make such nice thin pancake :(

You do make nice pancake. Must learn from you the next time we meet up.:))

Kak Ezza@makcik Blogger said...

salam kenal..

gambar cucur udang you punye ye..ampunnnn yer...masa ambik tu tak perasan pun dari mana...ampunnnn..tapi you punye lempeng kucai ni sangat sedapppp...akak mesti cuba..pasal cucur udang tu...comel la you buat..sama dengan biras akak buat masa kenduri tahlil tu..

Big Boys Oven said...

wow this looks so soft and delicate, just love the skin and also the fillings yum yummy!

ICook4Fun said...

Burpanslurp, thanks for stopping by. I wish this is popiah too but its now. The skin is much thicker :)

Dawn, this is soft and light and scallion pancake is thicker and crispy. Hope your husband like this.

Meeso, thank you.

Bigfish, my mom used to make this for us too minus the filling :)

Elin, for this I used the western chives and not the asian kind. So the smell is milder :)

Kaka Ezza, thanks for stopping by. Tak apa, as long as you know where the source of the picture is from. Can you give me the link of where you got the picture from?

BBO, yea it is :)

JenJen's Place said...

Yum yum! Pancakes! I absolutely love pancakes. Used to make them in batches for my dad and bro when I was in my hometown. Unfortunately my hubby not so adventurous and refuse to try the pancakes that I made :(

Yatie_T said...

Hi Gert,
I've been MIA for awhile and missed out on a lot of stuffs. This looks great, Gert. I have to try some of this dishes soon.

Anonymous said...

When my friend had her pohpiah party, she used lumpia wrappers(Philipino) which is paper thin and similar to pohpiah skin. You can buy frozen packs from some oriental stores. I will ask her next time I see her.


ICook4Fun said...

Jen Jen, you can always make him some sweet pancakes. I am sure he will like it :)

Yatie, where have you been. How are you and Josh doing?

SC, I saw some lumpia wrappers at Philly. Will buy some the next time I go down there.

tigerfish said...

Pancake + filling = spring roll? ;p

Ashley said...

These look fabulous! I love the flecks of chives in the pancakes!

ICook4Fun said...

Tigerfish, lighter vesion of spring rolls :)

Ashley, thank you.

Pille said...

What a great idea for savoury crepes!!

A Full-Timed Housefly said...

Oh I love these , looks a bit like " popiah " a local pancake wrapped with turnips and other ingredients , thanks for sharing !