Chinese flatbread is a very popular choice for breakfast in china. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with layers so that one can cut it open and add sausage, ham, roast beef, scrambled egg or even vegetables (such as lettuce and cucumber) as stuffing. It is such common food in China that one can easily find it from food vendors or restaurants in the morning. That’s not the case in the U.S. Therefore, I often make delicious flatbread myself at home, which has been a comfort food that eases my occasional homesickness. Try it and you will love it.
- 1 pound all-purpose flour (for kneaded dough)
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 3 tbsp flour (for oiled dough)
- 3 tbsp oil
- ½ tsp white pepper powder
- ½ tsp salt
1). Place flour and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add water to form a smooth dough. The dough should be kneaded until it looks like a ball. Sprinkle with a little flour if the dough is too sticky and moist.
2). Cover the dough with a big bowl and wait for 45 minutes to 1 hour for it to rise.
3). While waiting for the dough to rise, put 3 tbsp flour and oil into a small bowl and add white pepper powder and salt. Mixed them well to form an oiled dough.
4). Take out the kneaded dough and put it on a kneading board. Knead again to let out gas. Divide the dough into 10-12 small pieces and shape into balls.
5). Flatten one dough into a round sheet. Place ½ tsp oiled dough in the middle of the sheet and wrap the filing with the dough. Pinch the joints to make sure each dough ball is well sealed.
6). Flatten the ball down using a rolling pin. Starting from the long end, roll the dough up tightly. Create roll-up dough. (You may do it more than once to create more layers)
7). Fold each piece from the edge down to the center to form a rough ball shape. Roll it out to about ½ cm thick.
8). Add a little oil in the flat pan and put in flatbread dough. Fry using small-medium heat until both sides are light golden brown.
*Depending on the size of the pan, you may put two or more pieces of flatbread dough at the same time.
*When the Chinese flatbread is cold, use a toast oven to reheat it and the crust will be crispy again.