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One of my favourite things to order at a Taiwanese restaurant is their Green Onion Beef Rolls 牛肉捲餅. A lot of times you will find this at BBT shops. This Taiwanese burrito makes a great snack! I love the pan fried scallion pancake on the outside, wrapped around tender beef shanks, cucumbers and lots of scallions. I love the sweet hoisin sauce that binds everything together. Of course, this dish has a varying degree of success restaurant to restaurant. Some are too oily, while others are too salty or saucy. So, I decided to make my own version of this infamous beef roll. And honestly, it is so damn easy to make (especially with an InstantPot).
I love a crispy, flaky, green onion pancake with a little chew. It shouldn’t been overly greasy or heavy with shortening. This classic snack can be enjoyed on it’s own or paired with some delicious tender beef shanks. Often I would make beef shanks in my Instantpot ahead of time like I do with braised beef brisket and tendons. It goes perfectly with a bowl of noodles or as a side dish.
Often when I make these beef rolls, I would also make a batch of Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad 拍黄瓜 and a batch of spicy Sichuan Husband and Wife Lung Slices 夫妻廢片. The name itself is rather silly and there’s probably a wive’s tale somewhere how the name originated. It is simply just slices of beef brisket and tripe marinated in a spicy Sichuan peppercorn, sesame soy sauce! No husband died or wife died…
Making scallion pancakes 蔥油餅 at home is fairly easy and it takes only 5 ingredients: All purpose flour, hot water, salt, sesame oil and green onions. Sometimes I also add in some cilantro just because I LOVE cilantro. I can never get enough!
Taiwanese Green Onion Scallion Pancakes 蔥油餅
Extra crispy and flaky green onion pancakes with a little chewy. Easy 5 ingredients recipe
- 4C AP Flour
- 2C hot water
- 3-4 stalks green onions (chopped)
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp oil for frying
- Step 1 In a large bowl, mix AP flour with hot water. Whisk together while alternating between flour and water until water is absorbed and dough pulls away from the side and dough is formed.
- Step 2 Knead for 8 mins. Lightly flour surface for easier handling.
- Step 3 Cover dough in plastic saran wrap and let rest for 20-30 minutes.
- Step 4 Divide dough into 8 balls.
- Step 5 First Roll: Roll out each ball into a circle with a rolling pin. Sprinkle salt and top with FCGO (finely chopped green onions). Brush surface with sesame oil.
- Step 6 Coil the dough and green onions into a bundle. Tuck in the ends and press dough to flatten.
- Step 7 Second Roll: Divide dough into 8 balls. Roll out each ball into a circle with a rolling pin until it becomes 1/8″ thick.
- Step 8 Frying
- Step 9 Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat. (You can set your InstantPot to sauté mode).
- Step 10 Add 2 tbsp of oil.
- Step 11 Once the pan is ripping hot, gently place your scallion pancakes in the fry pan.
- Step 12 Fry the green onion pancakes until golden. Approximately 1-2 minutes depending on your stove. Keep a watchful eye!
- Step 13 Set aside on wire rack to cool or place them in the oven at 200F to keep warm while you fry the rest.
CHINESE BRAISED BEEF SHANK RECIPE | 滷牛腱
滷牛腱 Braised beef shank is an easy dish to eat as a snack or paired with noodles or green onion pancakes!
- Step 1 Blanch beef shank in boiling hot water for approximately 5 minutes to remove impurities.
- Step 2 Rinse under a cold bath.
- Step 3 Cut the shank in half (depending how long it is to fit into InstantPot).
- Step 4 Add cooking oil in Instant Pot and press Saute Mode.
- Step 5 Add garlic, shallots and star anise when Instant Pot displays “hot”.
- Step 6 Add shank and brown the meat.
- Step 7 Add in remaining ingredients.
- Step 8 Cook in Pressure Cooking Mode for 30 minutes.
- Step 9 Release pressure.
- Step 10 Slice beef shank thinly. Set aside
- Step 11 Served alone as snack or with rice or soup noodles.
Taiwanese Green Onion Beef Rolls Sauce Recipe
The spirit of Taiwanese Green Onion Beef Rolls comes from the sauce as much as the crispy pancakes or tender beef shanks. This sweet savory sauce can be used as a dip with other savoury snacks.
- 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 3 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1.5 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 0.5 tbps rice vinegar
- 1 tbps water
- Step 1 Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Step 2 Mix well.
- Warm up your Taiwanese Green Onion Scallion Pancakes 蔥油餅 at 200F for 10 mins (if you’ve previously let cooled).
- Brush some sauce over pancakes
- Top with thinly sliced beef shank meat
- Layer on top green onion stalks (sliced in half), cucumber slices, cilantro (optional)
- Brush another thin layer of sauce over pancakes
- Roll up and cut your pancakes at desired width.
- Served with XO sauce and extra Hoisin sauce.
Pro Tip: Make extra beef shank. Save the broth from the InstantPot and make noodle soup with later. Can be frozen up to a week.
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Mott 32 卅二公館 in Vancouver recently just launched their summer menu and we were so excited to taste test it before it was open to the public. This high end fine dining Chinese restaurant is located at Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver at 1161 W Georgia […]
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Rosa’s Cucina Italiana is a tiny Italian restaurant in Port Moody on 2331 Clarke Street. This local Cucina is a classic mom and pop shop that offers homemade pasta. Unfortunately, well, it is just that, “homemade” – and not particularly gourmet. In a small market it may be considered a “gem”; however, with a larger demographic and competition it can only be considered mediocre. The self pro-claimed “best Italian food in the Lower Mainland” is quite the stretch.
This Italian restaurant has been opened for many years. The decor is dated and lighting is dim. It takes no reservations. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. We came on an otherwise quiet Thursday night and waited over an hour outside before we were seated. It is terribly mismanaged and understaffed. The husband and wife team simply can not attend to their patron at a reasonable fashion despite their best intentions. After we ordered, it took another hour before our food arrived.
Caesar Salad 13.50: One oily salad and fresh crispy Romaine lettuce, cheese and Anna’s homemade dressing. This salad was bland and requires some anchovies. If you are looking for a gourmet Caesar, I’d suggest heading to Boulevard Kitchen.
Meatballs 14: This side appetizer came with four giant meatballs. Uncharacteristic of a juicy and gourmet meatball, it lacked seasoning. I would prefer Glowbal’s truffled spaghetti and meatballs any day of the week.
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage 16.75: Unfortunately I’d like to say that Rosa’s completely missed the mark on the red marinara sauce. The sausage needed some seasoning and perhaps a little kick of peppers.
Spaghetti Vongole 16.25: Despite what the photo on their website suggests, the clams did not come with shells. It was tiny morsels diced and suggests previously frozen. We chose a garlic and oil base.
Spaghetti Carbonara: This classic Carbonara tasted much like their Spaghetti Vongole – switch out the clams for bacon. It was not a creamy pasta dish filled with cream, bacon and egg yolks like Spacca Napoli.
Homemade Gnocchi 17: Traditional Gnocchi made white cream sauce we soft and pillowy. The cream sauce was nice but also not very flavourful.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana missed the mark on so many levels that it is hard to justify a re-visit given Spacca Napoli is just at up the street and Jimoco is not to far away. There are simply better food options in the Tri-Cities nowadays with better flavour profile, culinary execution and service.
And as a closing side note: Our dining experience was rudely interrupted by another patron (who probably was drunk) who mocked us by taking photos of us taking photos of our food, dancing around the tiny restaurant like a buffoon. His childish behavior was not addressed by the owners. No action was taken to put a stop to this clown. Instead, it left us accosted, saddened, and frankly a little angry that it our inconvenience was not acknowledged and that no apology was made. A restaurant that doesn’t value their customers does not value respect.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
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It’s been a very long time since we last visited Sushi K Kamizato. Even though we live mere minutes away, we’ve been going to eat at other places in the Tri-Cities. The menu has changed a lot since they first opened. It is more concise and focused on sashimi, Okonomi / nigiri pieces and fresh sheets directly from Japan. Cooked food is absent from the menu and don’t expect to see any bento boxes or California rolls options here.
Prices are relatively steep and an average dinner for dinner with drinks can run you $100. If you are looking for speciality items or daily specials, be sure to check their Facebook Page for updates. If you see something you fancy trying, I’d suggest asking for the price first. Some items like the Imonolith – marinated blue fin tuna cup, topped with snow crab leg and sweet shrimp mixed with my homemade avocado mayo sauce – is $11 per piece.
One thing is for certain, we probably will be coming back real soon. We’re already thinking about what to order next time! However, if you are pressed for time or expect to be somewhere in an hour, I’d suggest you visit Sushi K Kamizato another time. Their service is slow and the food takes time to come. There is only two people working there: the Chef and the server. Our last visit, it took over 50 minutes for our sushi pieces to arrive.
Has anyone tried their omakase? $40 seems very reasonable. The only caveat is that it requires one day advance notice.
Sushi K Kamizato
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Bar
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