One of my absolute favorite foods in China was jianbing, or a fried crepe around a crispy, savoury “Chinese doughnut.”
First, you pour some batter on a hot, round, rimmless frying pan. Then, you crack an egg on top, and sprinkle on some herbs and sesame seeds. Flip the (now crispy on one side) crepe over.
Spread some sauce on to the pancake. Spicy sauce is optional. Place a couple Chinese doughnuts on, then fold up the crepe.
This makes the perfect breakfast, but lots of Chinese like to eat it for a midnight snack.
While jianbing is found everywhere on the streets for around 3-4 RMB (0.50-0.65 USD), I recently found a great Chinese restaurant, Huang Tai Ji, a super hip shop that sells only jianbing. Trust me – a local, well-designed shop in China is a rarity, so this is a wonderful little spot!
The jianbing here is a little more traditional: they use a Chinese doughnut instead of a crispy sheet of dough that is found at most Beijing jianbing stands. Although it is pricy(er) at RMB 12 (1.94 USD), it definitely tastes better quality. The whole jianbing is bigger, the dough is thicker, the sauce is evenly spread, and is consistently absolutely delicious.
Interested in checking it out? Enjoy!
Huang Tai Ji 黄太吉传统美食
Mon-Fri 7am-2am, Sat-Sun 8.30am-1am. 1/F, Bldg. 10, Jianwai Soho, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (5869 9887)