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Chives Pancake

Eggs and Chinese (garlic) chives pack a punch in this super simple and quick Chinese chives pancake, and you won't need more than 15 minutes to prepare this!
Ingredients for Chinese chives pancake: eggs, chives, oyster sauce, fish sauce, salt, and ground white pepper.

Ingredients for Chinese chives pancake: eggs, chives, oyster sauce, fish sauce, salt, and ground white pepper.

One of my favorite greens to buy is Chinese chives. They are typically used in Asian dumplings and spring rolls, Korean chive pancakes, as garnish (sort of like how we use scallions), in Chinese stir-fried flat rice noodles, in Indonesian perkedel, and of course, in this lovely Chinese chives pancake.

Whenever I make dumplings, I usually will be left with a surplus of Chinese chives and the best and quickest way to use them all up is to make these pancakes. I make double or triple batches just to use up all my extra chives, and these pancakes never last long in my home.

One batch is enough for 4 adults if served as a side dish, though on occasions, I have devoured the whole pancake by myself when I’m super hungry. So it’s never a bad idea to make extra batches, especially when the recipe is this easy. 😁

To prepare the pancake batter, lightly beat the eggs with oyster sauce, fish sauce, salt, and white pepper. Then add in chopped chives and mix.

To prepare the pancake batter, lightly beat the eggs with oyster sauce, fish sauce, salt, and white pepper. Then add in chopped chives and mix.

What are Chinese chives?

Chinese chives (or garlic chives) and regular chives (or onion chives) both belong to the same family, and at a glance, both look almost the same. But be sure to grab the right one when you do your shopping since they have very different flavors.

Though both are most commonly used in savory dishes, the flavor profile cannot be more different. Chinese (garlic) chives have a strong garlicky flavor, while regular (onion) chives have a subtle onion flavor. Shocker right?

Unlike regular (onion) chives where one can use the whole plant, for Chinese (garlic) chives, we only use the top green blade portion. And the most typical way to use Chinese chives is to thinly slice them just like scallions.

Cook chives pancake in a 10-inch frying pan until both sides are golden brown and the egg and chives are completely set.

Cook chives pancake in a 10-inch frying pan until both sides are golden brown and the egg and chives are completely set.

What's in Chinese chives pancake?

As I said, this is a really simple recipe with very basic Chinese pantry ingredients.

We will need eggs, Chinese (garlic) chives, oyster sauce, fish sauce, salt, and ground white pepper.

We’ll need a frying pan to fry the pancakes. For a thinner pancake, a 10-inch frying pan is perfect. If you want a thicker pancake, you can go with an 8-inch pan.

The pancake shown in the photos is fried with a 10-inch pan, so hopefully, you can get an idea of how thick the pancake will be. 😁

To serve, cut one round pancake into 4 equal wedges.

To serve, cut one round pancake into 4 equal wedges.

Frying the chives pancake

First, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat.

Next, lightly beat the eggs with water, oyster sauce, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Toss in sliced chives into the egg mixture.

Reduce the heat to a medium, add 2 tablespoons of oil, then swirl to coat the frying pan.

Pour the eggs and chives mixture to the frying pan. Once the bottom is browned and set, flip and cook the other side until set.

Remove the pancake from the pan, cut into wedges and serve immediately.

The chives pancake is soft and fluffy and full of Chinese chives aroma.

The chives pancake is soft and fluffy and full of Chinese chives aroma.

Chives Pancake

5.0 from 9 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 80 gram chives, chop into 1 cm lengths
  • 2 tablespoon oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a 10-inch (or an 8-inch) frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine lightly beaten egg with water, oyster sauce, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well and then toss in the chopped chives and stir to combine.
  3. Reduce the heat to a medium, add 2 tablespoons of oil, then swirl to coat the frying pan.
  4. Pour the egg mixture. Once the bottom is browned and set, flip and cook the other side until set.
  5. Remove the pancake from the pan, cut into wedges and serve immediately.
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Comments

  • Yi @ Yi Reservation Yi @ Yi Reservation says:

    Hi Anita, thank you for visiting my blog so I could find yours! Whenever i make dumplings I always end up having some extra chives left in my fridge. This chive pancake sounds like a perfect way to use up the extra chives! I like how you add oyster sauce and fish sauce to flavor the pancakes. Thanks for sharing this simple but delicious recipe!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Yi, thanks for checking my blog as well :) Yes, this recipe is a big saver to not wasting those lovely chives.

  • Kristin Conant Kristin Conant says:

    Hi Anita, I love your website! A few years ago I moved into a large condominium building. I have many wonderful neighbors from China, Japan and Thailand. They have introduced me to many of the ingredients that you use in your dishes. I now cook with lotus root, dried bean curd stick, Chinese green onions and other things I had never used before. My husband is so pleased with all the delicious meals I prepare with the ingredients that I buy at an extensive Korean market which carries these items. Wow, I'm 60 years old and never thought I'd learn to cook so many dishes different from the ones I grew up with! Thank you for your beautiful blog. Kristin

  • Kate Morin Kate Morin says:

    Hi Anita, I'd love to use this recipe and one of your gorgeous photos in a roundup of inventive omelet recipes for Life by Daily Burn! I will link back to this post for the actual recipe and will give you credit in our article as well. Would this usage be OK? Thanks! Kate

  • Jeannette Jeannette says:

    YES I've wanted this recipe for the longest time! Thanks for sharing! Now I can make delicious chive pancakes for the family!

  • Anjali Anjali says:

    This turned out to be so yummy! It was like a nice twist on a traditional omelet!

  • Sally Sally says:

    I love trying new international style recipes (being the foodie that I am!), and these chives pancakes look so good! Pinning to try soon ... I can see them being fabulous as a bread side with most anything we're having.

  • Mahy Mahy says:

    I am amazed how simple yet inviting this pancake recipe is. Can't wait to give it a try this weekend!

  • Kushigalu Kushigalu says:

    Something new to try. These pancakes are so delicious. Totally in love with the recipe!

  • Jason Jason says:

    Thanks Anita for the recipe! The oyster + fish sauce really makes a different! It makes the omelette so favorable! I tried this morning for breakfast.

  • liu chan liu chan says:

    We also use the pale white to yellow garlic chives which have a different flavor profile than the green parts. They actually cover the base of the plant to get them that way. They also cost more.

  • Milky Milky says:

    I tried this a few times with green onions and it's still pretty great. It's easier than making omelettes, and a real treat for fans of savory egg dishes. Makes a great leftover, snack, and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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