This post was sponsored by Ling Ling and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last week fellow Bay Area bloggers and I got to attend an event at Parties That Cook in San Francisco hosted by Ling Ling. Parties That Cook stages corporate team building events and cooking parties. We were there to learn how to make sides to pair with the new line of Ling Ling Fried Rice.
I should tell you that before this event, I was not familiar with Ling Ling even though the company has a long history in San Francisco and is well known for their frozen pot stickers and spring rolls. All I knew was that I would be there to cook some sides and try their five new varieties of fried rice inspired by authentic Asian recipes from Japan, China, Korea and Thailand. Next time you’re grocery shopping, stroll down the frozen food section and keep an eye out for the following Ling Ling Fried Rice options:
- Yakitori Chicken
- Yakiniku Beef
- Thai-Style Chicken
- Chinese-Style Vegetables
- Bibimbap Beef
Chef Mike Chapter was our master of cooking ceremonies for the evening and graciously shared tips on cooking Asian food as well as a run-down of must-have pantry staples. Then he split us up into groups to prepare three different sides. One group made crispy kale salad with shiitake mushrooms, raisins and almonds to pair with Ling Ling Yakatori Chicken. Another group put together an Asian cucumber salad to pair with the Ling Ling Bibimbap Beef. My group made hand-rolled scallion pancakes with chili oil and tamari dipping sauce to pair with Ling Ling Chinese Style Vegetables.
I’m not gonna lie, I was very intimidated by the idea of making hand-rolled scallion pancakes and I probably never would have attempted to make them in my life if they hadn’t been assigned to me at this event. But you know what? They are not hard to make. I repeat: THEY ARE NOT HARD TO MAKE. They are actually pretty easy. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try and make ’em yourself”
HAND-ROLLED SCALLION PANCAKES WITH CHILI OIL AND TAMARI DIPPING SAUCE
Ingredients for pancakes:
21⁄2 cups AP flour, plus more for rolling
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 cup water, boiling
1⁄3 cup vegetable or rice bran oil
2 bunches scallions, thinly sliced
Vegetable or rice bran oil for frying
In a mixing bowl, add flour and salt. Add sesame oil and boiling water. Mix until a dough forms. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Add flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Put back in the mixing bowl, cover with plastic and let the dough rest for 1 hour.
Divide the dough into 4 portions. On a lightly floured surface, take one portion and roll it into an approximate 7” diameter circle. Brush with oil, and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons scallions. Roll the dough into a jelly-roll cylinder, then roll again to resemble a cinnamon roll spiral. Set aside, cover with plastic wrap and continue until all portions are rolled and shaped.
Heat a sauté pan on medium high heat, with 1 Tablespoon of oil at a time, place the pancake in the pan. Brown on each side for about 1 minute and remove from pan. Stagger cooked pancakes on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a cooling rack.
Ingredients for Chili and Tamari Dipping Sauce:
1⁄2 cup rice wine vinegar
1⁄2 cup tamari
2 Tablespoons chili oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
Whisk all the ingredients together in and mixing bowl then pour into a sauce bowl.
Cut each pancake into quarters. Assemble on a platter and serve with the dipping sauce. Easy peasy!
Speaking of easy: The fried rice is beyond easy to prepare. You can make it on the stove top or in the microwave. As for the taste, I kid you not it tastes as good as fried rice from a restaurant. It tastes so good because Ling Ling uses a cooking method that infuses every grain of rice with their signature sauces so that every bite you take is perfectly flavored.
We’re all busy, right? We’re tired and want to eat good food that is easy to prepare. Keeping frozen food options from Ling Ling in the freezer is a great way to make your life easier without compromising because their foods are minimally processed and their ingredients are simple. All you have to do is heat it up and pair it with a simple side.