If you've ever been to Joy on York in Los Angeles, you'll probably know about the amazingness—nay, the JOY--that is their Thousand Layer Pancake filled with everything. And if you live nearby and haven't tried it yet, GO NOW! Stop reading and just go and eat it.
Unfortunately for me, my family moved out of the area almost four years ago and I have since had a Joy-sized hole in my heart. While nothing will come as close as their original Thousand Layer Pancake, this was my attempt at bringing a little bit of Joy back into my life on days when I can't make the 30 mins to an hour drive to the restaurant.
I hope you add Joy to your list of must-try restaurants ASAP and in the meantime, try this recipe:
Scallion Pancake with Cheesy Eggs, Chili Crunch and Basil
*disclaimer: all of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe's but I was not endorsed by Trader Joe's in any way. You can also find green onion pancakes and chili crunch oil at your local Asian market or even at some Ralph's stores.
1 green onion pancake, use Omnivore Cookbook's recipe if you'd like to make it from scratch
1 slice of cheddar cheese
Drizzle of chili crunch oil (to taste), check out the White on Rice Couple's recipe
Handful of fresh basil leaves
1. Air fry the green onion pancake at 425 degrees for 7 minutes on each side. If you don't have an air fryer, you can cook it in a pan over medium heat with a little oil. I like to use avocado oil spray because it gives me an even coat without being too oily.
2. If you're air frying your pancake, do this after you have flipped your pancake to cook on the other side: cook your two eggs in a pan however you prefer them. I like over easy but I know some people like scrambled. You do you. If you're cooking your pancake in a pan, you can either cook your eggs in the same pan after your pancake is done (this is what I would do) or use a separate pan if you don't mind washing two pans.
3. Split your slice of cheddar in half and put a half on top of each egg when they're almost done cooking.
4. Build your scallion pancake "taco" by putting your pancake on a plate, topping it with the cheesy eggs, drizzling chili crunch over the top (more if you like it spicier) and throwing a bunch of basil leaves on top.
Unless we're baking, I shy away from giving exact measurements. Cooking is for fun, baking is for science. Cook your eggs how you like, add an extra one, sprinkle grated cheddar, use what you have at hand in the kitchen. This recipe is meant just for inspiration to try something new. If you make it, please let me know how you like it!