Green Onion Cakes
Our new offering at Mountainside Golf Course is definitely a departure from the usual links food. We’ve gone Asian after 5pm and there’s nothing better than playing 18 holes and then sitting down to some green onion cakes and ginger beef.
A cong you bing (Ëë±Ê≤πÈ•º; pronounced [tÕ°s ∞ ä≈ã_jo äÃØ_pi≈ã]) or green onion pancake, is a savoury, non-leavened flatbread folded with oil and minced scallions (green onions). It originates in Chinese culture. Unlike a true pancake, it is made from dough instead of batter. Variations exist on the basic method of preparation that incorporate other flavors and fillings. Green onion pancakes are available in China, Taiwan, and other areas of the world with ethnic Chinese populations, in restaurants and as a street food item, and is also commercially available packaged fresh or frozen solid in plastic packages.
There is a legend in China, a belief that pizza is an evolution of the green onion pancake, brought back to Italy by Marco Polo. According to the legend, Marco Polo missed green onion pancakes so much that when he was back in Italy, he tried to find chefs willing to make the pancake for him. One day, he managed to meet a chef from Naples at a friend’s dinner party and persuaded him to try recreating the dish. After half a day without success, Marco Polo suggested the filling be put at the top rather than inside the dough. The change, by chance, created a dish praised by everyone at the party. The chefs returned to Naples and improvised by adding cheese and other ingredients and formed today’s pizza. However, modern research in Europe proves that neither pizza nor pasta were transmitted to Europe by Marco Polo, but existed in the Mediterranean long before the time of Marco Polo.