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Homemade Green Onion Cakes: Cooking in the Kitchen with Ming Franks

Cooking Homemade Green Onion Cakes in the Kitchen with Ming Franks! Edmonton's claim to fame: our incredible Green Onion Cake! Step by Step images included.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese Canadian
Servings 6
Calories 280 kcal
Author Valerie Lugonja via Ming Franks


Ingredients for Dough for 6 Cakes:

  • 1 ¼ cups or 137.5 grams flour
  • 3/8 cup or 90 grams boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon or 15 grams cold water

Ingredients for Dough for 12 Cakes:

  • 2 ½ cups or 310 grams flour
  • ¾ cup or 180 grams boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons or 30 grams cold water

Ingredients for Filling for 6 Cakes:

  • 6-9 tablespoons chopped green onions , or 1 bunch green onions
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Ingredients for Filling for 12 Cakes:

  • 12-18 tablespoons chopped green onions , or 2 bunches green onions
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt

For each green onion cake:

  • 1 to 1½ tablespoon chopped green onions
  • ½ tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ or less teaspoon salt


Instructions for Making Dough:

  1. In a bowl, add boiling water to flour; mix to combine until cool enough to work by hand
  2. Work by hand, adding cold water until ingredients form a cohesive mass

  3. Plop ingredients onto work surface, and knead until smooth and elastic; set aside to rest for 30 minutes in small covered bowl (plastic wrap)

Instructions for Making Dough in Thermomix:

  1. Weigh flour into TM bowl; add boiling water and mix immediately to combine for 15 seconds at speeds 4-6

  2. Knead for 2.5 minutes; adding 2 tablespoons cold water through hole in lid during first 30 seconds of kneading process
  3. Remove from bowl; set aside to rest for 30 minutes in plastic covered bowl

Instructions for Preparing Dough:

  1. Weigh dough; divide into two equal portions

  2. Divide halves into three equal portions; set aside and start to roll one portion

Instructions for Rolling Dough:

  1. Flatten dough ball into small disc; lightly flour work surface and use rolling pin to roll dough into thin 4 inch round

  2. Use rolling pin to roll out each piece of dough into a 4 inch round

Instructions for Filling and Forming Homemade Onion Cakes

  1. Brush each thinly rolled round of dough lightly with oil, sprinkle with salt and green onions

  2. Roll gently but tightly, like a cinnamon roll; turn roll to have seam side facing up
  3. Gently pinch ends to close and lightly flatten roll; roll both ends in toward the centre (Palmier style)

  4. Holding one side of the rolled onion cake in each hand; twist one side to sit on top of the other (see photo) to form more layers (a "two-story" appearance)

  5. Place on work surface and gently flatten by hand; set aside to rest until all are complete

Instructions for Rolling Homemade Onion Cakes:

  1. Place filled resting onion cake on lightly floured work surface; roll, dusting with flour as necessary, until thin

  2. Set aside; complete batch, cleaning sticky work surface as necessary by scraping with a D-shaped spatula

Instructions for Frying Homemade Onion Cakes:

  1. Heat oil until sizzling in heavy skillet; add rolled onion cakes and fry about 2 minutes per side, or until golden

  2. Rest on paper towel momentarily to expel excess oil; serve immediately

Instructions for Freezing Homemade Onion Cakes:

  1. Freeze rolled cakes, single layer, on parchment covered cookie sheet for 2-3 hours, until completely frozen (or overnight); package in labelled and dated ziplock freezer bags with parchment paper between cakes

  2. Place small freezer bags portioned with 4-6 cakes in larger freezer bag for double protection

Instructions for Frying Frozen Green Onion Cakes:

  1. Remove from freezer, frozen; heat oil, but not until sizzling - at medium high heat

  2. Fry about 3 minutes per side, until golden; serve immediately after resting to expel oil on paper towel

Recipe Notes

Instruction for Ming’s Mom’s Cheesey Variation:
Mom sprinkled in shredded cheddar cheese at the same time as the green onions, leave out the salt.
"My school friends loved the taste of these!"

Also, any left over? Highly, doubtful, but if so - shoot them in the toaster for a fast reheat and delish, like fresh, service!