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Trader Joe’s Scallion Pancakes (Pa Jeon)

These Scallion Pancakes from Trader Joe’s will have you running back to the store to buy more!! But before you do, read this review first and check out our exclusive cart rating!

What are Trader Joe’s Scallion Pancakes?

Scallion pancakes are a Chinese savory flatbread that have been folded and brushed with oil and minced scallions.

They are then typically pan fried, which gives them a crispy and crunchy outside exterior, while the middle of the pancake stays nice and chewy.

When most of us think about pancakes, we automatically think of the breakfast pancake that we cook up on a griddle or flat top. These traditional scallion pancakes are actually made out of dough, not batter.

They are crunchy, greasy, chewy on the inside and bursting of savory spring onion and scallion flavor!

Where In the Store?

I located these Scallion Pancakes in Trader Joe’s frozen section. Now I know, Trader Joe’s has two very long aisles of frozen items. Sometimes I find myself standing there for minutes on end, usually in someones way. Only because I’m trying to read all of the labels and see if I’ve missed anything interesting!

The first time I found these pancakes were near the other Asian inspired items, like the Shumai, Gyoza, Edamame and Tofu dishes!

Here are a few Asian inspired dishes we’ve already reviewed for your reading pleasure! Click the links below to check them all out!

How to Serve Trader Joe’s Scallion Pancakes

I think there’s definitely a few ways to serve these scallion pancakes.

The first way I tried preparing them was in the air fryer. Thank goodness someone invented air fryers, where would we be today without them?? I preheated my little air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 4 minutes. I popped one of these in and let it cook for about 6 minutes on one side, then flipped it and continued cooking for another 3 minutes.

There was no need to spray them with cooking spray or drizzle olive oil on top. The pancakes came out of the package with some oil on them already. Preparing them in the air fryer was the best method in my opinion. The pancakes were crunchy and hot on the outside, and chewy and soft in the middle.

The second way I tried heating one up was in a sauce pan. I put the scallion pancake in the pan with some oil and let it do its thing. By the time I realized, the middle of the pancake was browning more than the edges. I flipped it over and gave it a push down to ensure the edges on this side would get brown too.

It did cook a bit quicker in the pan rather than the air fryer. That might have been the only good thing about it. The air fryer cooked the pancake much more evenly and didn’t burn the middle.

Air frying and setting a timer was much easier than constantly moving the pancake around in the pan to ensure an even cook. After cooking, I made my own dipping sauce out of a few ingredients I had in my pantry. A recipe on the dipping sauce soon to come!

The Review

I really can’t say enough good things about these pancakes. As I mentioned above, they were crispy, hot, greasy and crunchy on the outside. The inside was chewy and full of scallions, carrots, spring onions and leeks.

They paired really well with a soy sauce dipping sauce. The saltiness from the sauce really balanced out the savoriness in the dish. It was a winning combination.

Who doesn’t love a greasy, savory pancake to go along with potstickers or gyoza? Even white or fried rice would be a great accompaniment to these!

Four come in a package, that means you get to enjoy these many times over! Or share them with your friends and family if you like….if you’re feeling generous.

As you can see from the picture below, I also paired these scallion pancakes with Lidl’s Shrimp Wonton Soup with Noodles. It was the perfect dinner between the savory soup, the crunchy scallion pancake and the crispy Chicken Gyoza.

The dish itself is so simple, basically consisting of buttery dough, carrots, scallions, leeks and onions, but so flavorful!! The pancakes were flaky and delicious, and so different than our well known Western breakfast pancakes.

Buy It Again?

Do not pass these up on your next trip to Trader Joe’s. I 110% recommend buying them and giving them a try. I’ve already bought myself another package as a back up in the freezer.

This was such a quick addition to a dinner that I basically threw together. It could also be a great snack in the middle of the day, or late night snack after drinking all night. I can’t think of anything better than something greasy and crunchy after a night of partying!

These are totally getting a 5 out of 5 cart rating from me! One, because they were so delicious. Two because they were SO EASY to prepare. And three, because I could have eaten all four of these scallion pancakes in one sitting!! Somebody stop me!!

Have you ever given these scallion pancakes from Trader Joe’s a try? Tell us about it in the comment section below! Happy Hauling!

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4 Comments

  1. We have been buying these from TJ’s for about two years and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them a TON! The flavor is unbeatable….I have not seen them in my local TJ’s for about a month. I look every time we shop. I was told by mgt that they will return………I will keep checking the frozen isle each trip to TJ’s. The BEST!!

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