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Unusual Jianbing in Beijing

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Unusual Jianbing in Beijing

James G | | Jun 26, 2006 09:37 AM

While in Beijing two weeks ago, staying near Wangfujing, I went in search of a jianbing maker for breakfast. I was not surprised not to find one in this rather gentrified part of the city, but what I did find was something I had not seen before. The vendor and his wife had a jerry-rigged griddle like a jianbing maker, but instead of making a crepe they made a mandarin pancake (like you'd eat Beijing roast duck in). They would heat up their pancakes on the griddle, put a little dab of oil underneath, and then slide a beaten egg under the pancake to cook quickly. When the egg was cooked he'd flip the pancake, slather on some bean sauce and hot sauce, and then fill it, taco-style, with lettuce, scallions and cilantro. It was actually very tasty, but I have never seen such a thing before. Anyone else have more experience of these, and perhaps know what they call them?

Here's a photo: http://shuanglong.smugmug.com/gallery...

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