This year, Hanukkah starts on Christmas Eve, so while I have the hot latke oil going, I plan to slip a few of these into the pan to keep the time-honored tradition of Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas going.
  1. Place 2 cups all-purpose flour in the bowl of a food processor (or in a regular mixing bowl).
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  2. With the food processor running, stream in about 2/3 cup boiling water a little at a time, just until a dough forms (depending on many factors such as your flour or the temperature of your kitchen, you may find that you don’t need all the water, or, alternately, you may find that you need slightly more).
    If you are using a regular bowl instead of a food processor, use a wooden spoon to quickly stir in the hot water just until a dough forms.
  3. Run the food processor for an additional 20 seconds to lightly knead the dough.
    If you are working by hand, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 2-3 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.
  4. Pull the dough into a smooth ball, and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Roll the ball of dough around in the bowl to oil it on all sides.
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    Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Let the covered dough rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (up to 2 hours).
  5. While the dough rests, make the dipping sauce by whisking together 1/8 cup soy sauce or tamari, 1/8 cup rice or apple cider vinegar 1 clove garlic, minced, 1 half-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated, 1 tsp sugar or honey chili-garlic sauce or sriracha to taste (optional).
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    Let sit at room temperature until you are ready to serve the pancakes.
  6. Once the dough has rested, transfer it to a lightly floured surface and divide it into 4 equal pieces.
    Use a floured rolling pin to roll out one piece of dough into a 6 ½ -inch circle.
  7. Brush the top of the dough circle with one tablespoon of toasted sesame oil and sprinkle with 1/8 cup of thinly sliced scallion greens.
  8. Roll the dough up into a cylinder, as if you are making cinnamon rolls, from one end to the other, keeping the sesame oil and scallions on the inside.
    Then coil the cylinder, so that it forms a smaller, fatter circle.
  9. Use the rolling pin to gently flatten the coil into a 6 ½ -inch circle.
  10. Repeat this process a second time with the same circle of dough, so it gets oiled, layered with scallions, flattened, rolled, and coiled twice.
    Once it has been finished, set the pancake on a lightly floured surface and repeat with the remaining pancakes.
  11. Heat the oil in an 8-inch cast iron or nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Place a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels next to the stove.
  12. Cook the pancakes one at a time, for 1 ½ to 2 minutes on each side, until golden-brown and crisp. Add more oil to the pan if necessary.
  13. Transfer the cooked pancakes to paper towels and/or a cooling rack. Sprinkle the tops very lightly with salt (the dipping sauce is plenty salty, so you won’t need much).
  14. Cut the pancakes into wedges and serve with the dipping sauce.