Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chinese chives (kau choy) pancake

Chinese chives (kau choy) pancakes

Another pancake recipe today. Had forgotten about this childhood comfort food, until I saw a friend making it.

Ingredients :
250 g flour
1 egg
350 - 400 ml water
1 tbsp oil
3 tbsp dried shrimps (soaked and chopped coarsely)
6 shallots (slices thinly)
1 bunch of Chinese chives (kau choy), cut into 1 - 2 cm lengths

Method :
1) Heat up 2 tbsp oil and fry the shallots and shrimps until fragrant. Set aside.
2) Sieve flour into mixing bowl. Add in salt, egg and 1 tbsp oil. Pour in water stirring all the time to make a pancake batter. Add in fried shallots, shrimps and shallots. Mix thoroughly.
3) Heat up a tsp oil in non-stick pan. Pour in a ladle of the pancake batter and cook both sides of pancake until golden colour.

The pancake batter

NB : Serve pancake with chili sauce (I think it goes very well with Lingham's chili sauce).
Old housewife's tip : To dislodge fish bone stuck in throat - wrap strip of uncut Chinese chive around a lump of rice and swallow. Not sure whether it worked or not, but I remembered my brother swallowing this as a child when he had a fish bone stuck in this throat!

(Today's blog is dedicated to the memory of my good friend, Fei Jie who taught me how to make this pancake, and who is now spreading her good cheer and cooking in God's little kitchen. "Fei Jie, May God Bless You and Keep You Safe In His Arms" and I dearly missed the hours spent yakking away in your kitchen)


Small Footprints said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend!

This recipe looks wonderful. Do you think it would work if one were to eliminate the shrimp and use a vegan egg replacer? It really looks good!

Thank you for sharing it!

Small Footprints

Everyday Housewife said...

Small Footprints,
You can omit the shrimps. It is only for the flavor. The egg is to make the pancakes crispier, and can be omitted or replaced with vegan egg replacer.

Olivia said...

This recipe brings back good old memories seeing mum frying the ku chye pan cake in the hot wok. Me and my sis would just stand near her to arrange them in the plates. I could still remember the fragrant of the ku chye... so yummy!!

Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Everyday Housewife said...

You are welcome. Glad it brought back good old memories for you.

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Nachi said...


I'm a Thai student but living in Brisbane Australia now.
Thanks for sharing your recipe.
My chinese chive bunches left in my fridge but I had no idea to cook them. While I was looking for a recipe which has them in the ingredients, I found your recipe.
It's very easy and tasty. ^__^

Thank you,

Everyday Housewife said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Glad that my recipe was of help to you.