Beijing and It’s Glorious Food.

I’ve only been to Beijing once before on a 3 day world-wind shopping trip.  My focus was on shopping and not the food.   I had no idea what I had missed out on.

We’re in China for a while, so food is definitely on the mind this time around.

Beijing has surprised us with it’s amazingly good food, abundant fruit and vegetable markets and cheap prices.  There’s food available everywhere but you need to know where to look if you want it cheap.  The hutong area, filled with its old world charm and fantastic food is a great place to find cheap eats.

Entering one of the Hutong alley's.

Entering one of the Hutong alley’s.

One of our favourites was the breakfast food cart that served traditional Chinese crepes called Jian Bing.

It smelled so good that we had to check it out.

It smelled so good that we had to check it out.

This is what Jacob and I think the recipe is:

Jacob is keenly observing how Jian Bing are made.

Jacob is keenly observing how Jian Bing are made.

  • A large ladle of crepe batter spread thinly on a hot griddle.
  • You crack 2 eggs onto the semi set batter.  Carefully whisk the eggs while trying to avoid tearing the crepe base.
  • Sprinkle a large spoonful each of chives and cilantro onto the egg side of the crepe.
  • Add a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.
  • When set just enough.  Loosen the edges and flip.
  • Spread a thin layer of Hoisin sauce and a spattering of hot sauce on the flipped side.
  • Add a rectangular square of wonton-like deliciousness called baocui (薄脆 a kind of crispy fried cracker that used to be an imperial food during the Qing Dynasty).
  • Lettuce (optional)
  • Fold the sides inward, crunch it into thirds and fold over once again.

Serve and devour at once!

Our first sampling of Jian Bing.

Our first sampling of Jian Bing.

The four of us were quite content to share the one massive serving, but it was agreed upon that next time we’d definitely  order two, or maybe even one for each of us!

This one was just for me! DELISH!

This one was just for me! DELISH!

You can’t complain at the cost either.  They start at mere 60 cents per crepe.

When we have our own kitchen again, I will certainly try to re-create this gem with more precise measurements.  In the meantime, here are a couple of recipes I’ve found but obviously haven’t had the chance to try yet:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/jian-bing-chinese-crepes/

http://www.food.com/recipe/beijing-style-jian-bing-412793

If you try these recipes, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Does anyone have another favourite Chinese recipe they’d like to share?

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