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Yum Cha Hawaii welcomes spring season with Roast Duck Pancakes

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Yum Cha Hawaii, known for its adorable piggy and doggie buns, is in the HI Now kitchen with a new dish it is now serving in its restaurant! HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with owner Lisa Samuels cooking up Roast Duck Pancakes, a traditional Chinese dish with a twist.

Cong You Bing, or a spring onion pancake, is a traditional Chinese dish made with simple ingredients, but the chefs at Yum Cha Hawaii modernize it with some new techniques.

Yum Cha Hawaii serves traditional Chinese cuisine, offering dim sum for lunch and a full menu at lunch and dinner. Samuels says opening a restaurant had always been a dream of hers. “If you think about doing something and have that desire, you should go for it,” she said. “Life is too short.”

Yum Cha means “drink tea.” Samuels says drinking tea is a social event for many Chinese people, and it gives them a chance to get together and talk about what’s going on.

Recipe: Roast Duck Pancakes
Yields four pancakes

2 cups Flour
⅔ cups water
4 T vegetable oil
3 stalks green onion, chopped
¼ t Chinese five spice
¼ t salt

For the Toppings on each pancake:
1 ½ oz Roast Duck
5 Spinach leaves, sliced
1 oz Mozzarella Cheese
1 T Hoisin Sauce

1) Mix the flour and water in a bowl, knead mixture until smooth. Let set for 30 minutes
2) Flatten dough into a rectangle shape, dust to avoid sticking, then brush with vegetable oil
3) Sprinkle the five spice & salt sparingly to taste
4) Sprinkle the green onion
5) Roll the dough into a rope and cut into four sections
6) Roll flat to about 6 inches
7) Heat 1 T oil frying pan on high heat
8) Fry pancakes until golden on each side, set on side
9) Spread ¾ T hoisin sauce
10) Spread toppings (roast duck, spinach, cheese)
11) Heat in oven at 300 degrees until cheese melted
12) Cut, serve, and enjoy!

For more information: IG: @yumchahawaii