Chinese Sesame Scallion Bread

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This Chinese Sesame Scallion Bread is called 羌饼, (qiang bing) which is a thick, savory bread flavored with fragrant green scallions and a hint of black pepper, finished off with a liberal scattering of white sesame seeds on top. This bread is a pretty popular street food in China, notably in Shanghai, but it’s usually fried in a pan with a crisp crust and a very soft inside.

20160604_122755Our family’s variation is a bit healthier since it’s baked at high heat and not as thin as what’s sold by street vendors since we like the soft interior. It’s our favorite bread to pair with soups. The fragrant scallions are extremely addicting, so put as much scallions are you’d like because the flavor enhancement will make the finished product so much better. Also, be liberal with your salt and pepper of the dough will lack flavor and won’t taste as good.

20160604_122417This is an easy yeasted dough recipe with minimal ingredients, similar to my Chinese Flat Bread recipe, but made slightly differently and not baked individually. For those hankering a taste of traditional Shanghai street food, this is an amazing recipe to try out. Enjoy and dive into this Sesame Scallion Bread!

Note*** This version of the recipe is solely mine. When reposting, please cite me and my website.

Copyright august 2016 ©

Chinese Scallion Bread

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Freshly baked soft bread with a great scallion flavor and covered with fragrant white sesame seeds

>>> Yields 1 12-inch diameter round bread

Time:
-Prep: 20 min
-Bake: 12-15 min

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 C AP flour
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 C warm water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oil

Filling:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 C chopped green scallion
  • 1/2 C white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp honey + 1 tsp water

Instructions:

1) Combine the yeast, warm water, and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes until yeast gets bubbly.
2) Add in the flour, salt, and 1 tsp oil to the yeast mixture. Mix until a shaggy dough forms.
3) Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes in a stand mixer.
4) Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour or overnight in the fridge. Remove from fridge and let come to room temperature before proceeding.
4) Punch the dough down and remove from bowl onto a clean surface. If sticky, add some flour.
5) Roll the dough out into a large, flat rectangle about 1/2 inch high.
6) Spread the oil over the rectangle evenly and sprinkle on salt and black pepper liberally over the surface. Then scatter the green scallions over the dough.
7) Starting from one end, roll the dough up into a log. Move the log onto a lined or oiled baking pan. Then form a snail shape with the log so that it forms a circular shape. Using a rolling pin, lightly flatten the disk until it’s about 1 inch thick and a 12-inch disk.
8) Brush the honey water lightly over the dough and sprinkle the top very liberally with white sesame seeds.
9) Let the dough rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
10) Preheat the oven to 400 F.
11) Bake the dough for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 F and cover the top of the pan with foil if the top is getting too brown. Bake for an additional 5 minutes and baked thoroughly.
12) Remove the bread from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into even slices and serving.

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