The birthday evening meal was also a special treat, because we only make this recipe on special occasions, as it can be time consuming to make, but it's also absolute delicious:
Chinese Pancakes with Meatballs and a thick Soya Sauce from the Pauper's Cookbook, a must try.
Chinese pancakes with meatballs, thick soya sauce and spring onions
meatballs: 500g ground beef, salt, pepper, 1 Tbsp soya sauce, garlic to taste, 1/2 tsp five spice powder, 1-2 splashes of sherry, two onions, 1 egg, add flour if too damp
pancakes: 300g of flour, 240ml of boiling water, pinch of salt, a tsp sugar, sesame oil ( I used olive oil)
soya sauce: 1 rounded Tbsp flour, 1-2 Tbps soya sauce and 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar- do make a double portion, one is defintely not enough
two bunches of spring onions
Start with your sauce: mix all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cut up your spring onions, place in bowl and also set aside.
Next prepare meatballs: mix everything together and make individual small balls, roll in some flour and leave them on a floured surfacew till you are ready to fry them. To fry, put some oil in a frying pan, add meatballs when oil is hot and fry on both sides, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes each side. If pancakes are not done by them time your meatballs are, put on greasproof paper in oven on low heat.
Preparing pancakes: Sift together flour and rest of dry ingredients in deep bowl, pour on boiling water and mix. Let it cool down for a fex minutes until you can touch it with you burning your hands. Knead the dough till it stretches fairly elastically. Put it on a floured surface and roll it out with a rolling pin until it is roughly a round large shape about 1/2cm thick. Cut into individual shapes, I just cut it as it comes, if you want to do it neat, take a cookie cutter and cut out round shapes. Then take two shapes, dip a finger into a small bowl filled with oil and smear it over one side of your shape of dough, press th other piece of dough on top and roll this sandwich out together into a very thin roughly circualr shape. The rougher the more charming I believe. Roll the rest of dough in a similar fashion, put very little oil in a non stick frying pan and add one of your pancakes when oil is hot. Fry for a minute on each side, little brown spots should appear on both sides, if they are black, you left the pancake in too long. Re-oil pan with each new pancake you want to fry. Keep the pancakes warm.
Serve immediately. Put everything on individual plates and let everyone assemble their own pancakes. YOu can easily open up the pancakes, put meatballs and spring onions on top, drizzle with sauce, fold it together and eat with your hands.
Be as messy as you can.
split pancakes and top with meatballs, spring onions and soya sauce