Jian Bing ( 煎饼 ) – Chinese Crepes
Somewhere on the Streets of Beijing
Jian Bing Machine!
One of the first posts I wrote for this blog over a year ago was on Jian Bing. These are the Chinese variety of Crepes and are great street food snacks. I’ve never seen any type of sweet Jian Bing – usually they are savory with eggs, scallions, cilantro and a piece of crunchy fried dough. Normally these are poured onto a hot iron surface and flipped with a pair of flat spatulas, but last Jan while walking through some random streets in Beijing and we ran across an ingenious invention – a spinning wheel Jian Bing machine. Basically it’s the same concept as the normal Jian Bing but the guy spins the wheel and then uses the wooden scrapper to produce a perfectly round Jian bing crepe. The ones he makes on the machine are also much larger than what I’m used to. The dough that they have also is a little different and is more egg-y and crunchier. I just remember that day it was really cold (look at what the serving lady above is wearing) and eating these snacks really help warm us up.
I made a video and which can be viewed here. Check it….