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Peasant Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
14 teaspoon salt
12 teaspoon baking powder
14 teaspoon white pepper
14 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 cup chicken stock
1 Chinese sausage, chopped in small pieces
12 cup chopped scallion
12 cup chopped water chestnut (or better, jicama)
12 cup chopped raw shrimp
vegetable oil
14 cup Chinese red vinegar or 14 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
14 cup Chinese red vinegar
very finely shredded fresh ginger
hot sauce


*Chinese sausages are available in most Asian markets. They keep for a long time in the refrigerator and even longer in the freezer. There isn't really a substitute but, if you're unable to find it, try a little ground pork instead. Another alternative would be to omit it from the recipe- which I've done for my non meat eating daughter in law. The pancakes are still super delicious. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and cayenne. Then stir in enough of the stock to make a batter just a little thinner than for regular old pancakes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use. Use a heavy skillet (cast iron or Calphalon if available). Heat it to very hot, then adjust the flame down so the pancakes cook evenly and not too quickly. (You'll soon get the hang of it). Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and, when hot, ladle in about 2 T of the batter for each pancake. When brown and crispy on the bottom, turn them over to finish the other side. (The unused portion of the batter will thicken while you're cooking the pancakes; just add a little more stock as necessary). Blot well on paper towels and serve with any or all of the recommended sauces. (You'd better make a lot of them because they disappear quickly).

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