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Xueci Cheng

Associate Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

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Food has a special ability to bring people together and it can, like few other things, comfort and calm us in times of uncertainty—so it’s only natural that we turn to it now. As we adjust and move forward day by day, we wanted to put the call out to you, our global community, to share the recipes that have kept you going (even with a dwindling pantry). Upload them or share what you're cooking with us on Instagram using the hashtag #stayhomekeepcooking in your chef's note or post. Community is more important than ever, and we hope that we'll keep you inspired to cook and share with us.

Every week, we’ll be recommending a hero pantry item to kickstart your cooking. You’ll see recipes cooked up by the KS team in their home kitchens and community members alike—this week’s candidate? Scallions!

With the principle of reducing my grocery shopping trips, I’ve realised it’s not always possible to have the right herbs on hand. So I’ve curbed my need for only two: scallions and basil. It’s a plot twist, since as a picky kid, I would pluck out every single scallion piece from whatever I was eating and line them up on the table as a sort of silent protest. Not until I started to cook myself, did I fall in love with scallions. Proof? See these scallion oil noodles.

Pantry staples don’t always have to be dried or jarred ingredients. I will freak out more if I don’t have scallions on hand than not having the perfect pasta shape. Luckily, Ivette, one of our designers, introduced me to regrowing scallions: just chop off the green part and put the root-end in a transparent bottle with some water at your window sill. Or, as David Chang demonstrates in this Instagram post.

Scallions are more than just a dispensable garnish—they bring nice color to the dish of course—but they are great aromatics, they’re cheap and always in season too. Here are four recipes we produced at home, which perfectly showcase their versatility.

Xueci’s chicken salad

Ginger-scallion sauce is a classic dressing to chinese poached chicken (cong you ji). I made an easy version of it using only chicken thigh. I sauteed everything in a pan, but you can also use the method of Chinese cold noodles if you want to keep the color of the scallion. This sauce will be heavenly on steamed fish too.

Chicken salad with ginger-scallion sauce

Chicken salad with ginger-scallion sauce

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Devan’s scallion dip

Scallions, yogurt, olive oil, and lemon. Yes, you probably already have these in your kitchen, so why not make this dip now and add it to your binge-watching-coffee-table-snack-spread with some crudites or crackers.

Creamy charred scallion dip

Creamy charred scallion dip

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Julie’s savory scones

After eating oat porridge and muesli straight for a few weeks, Julie’s scone recipe has given my breakfasts a silver lining. I can imagine myself making them, which means this recipe is easy enough. And, of course, eating them.

Scallion scones with bacon and goat cheese

Scallion scones with bacon and goat cheese

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Ruby’s grilled zucchini and scallions

Ruby’s recipe is a great example of turning the whole scallion into a delightful side dish. Thanks to her talented photography skills, we can present you something fine-dining like while staying at home.

Grilled zucchini and scallions with hazelnut gremolata and ricotta

Grilled zucchini and scallions with hazelnut gremolata and ricotta

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More recipes with scallions to try

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

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Crispy garlicky chicken

Crispy garlicky chicken

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Asparagus and herb frittata

Asparagus and herb frittata

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Scallion pancakes

Scallion pancakes

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Easy sheet pan salmon with scallions and garlic butter

Easy sheet pan salmon with scallions and garlic butter

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Scallion oil noodles

Scallion oil noodles

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