Savory Stuffed Breakfast Pancakes in the Chinese Style

Jian Bing, or Chinese-style savory-stuffed breakfast pancakes, are a traditional street cuisine especially popular for breakfast and available across China. These crispy, savory pancakes offer the ideal balance of flavors and sensations with a slightly chewy, crepe-like texture. They feature a similar foundation topped with a variety of ingredients, including eggs, pickled vegetables, fresh herbs, and hoisin or chili sauce. The addition of crunchy components like fried wonton or biscuits makes it an enticing choice to begin the day. Here’s a thorough recipe to make this delectable breakfast at home and bring the tradition of Chinese street cuisine into your kitchen to share with a friend.

Ingredients:

FIT FOR THE PURPOSE:

  • One cup flour (all-purpose)
  • One cup mung bean flour, or extra all-purpose flour in case mung bean flour is unavailable
  • Two cups water
  • A little pinch of salt

CONCERNING THE FILLING:

  • Four large eggs
  • Two teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • Two teaspoons spicy sauce, or to taste
  • One cup green onions, finely chopped
  • One cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • One cup pickled vegetables (daikon, carrots, etc.), finely chopped
  • Four large crackers or crispy fried wontons
  • Olive oil for cooking




Directions:

  1. SET UP A SMOKE:
  • Combine the mung bean flour, water, salt, and all-purpose flour in a large basin. Beat until there are no lumps and the batter is smooth. For a smoother texture, allow it to settle for about fifteen minutes.
  1. GETTING THE CREPE READY:
  • Preheat a crepe maker or nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Apply a thin layer of oil to the pan to prevent sticking.
  • Pour a ladleful of batter into the center of the pan. Quickly tilt and rotate the pan to spread the batter into a thin, even layer on the bottom.
  • Crack an egg onto the batter’s surface, then swiftly spread it out with a spoon or spatula to cover the pancake. Sprinkle some scallions on top of the egg and let the pancake cook for one to two minutes, or until the bottom is lightly browned and the sides start to come away from the pan.
  1. INCLUDE FILLINGS:
  • Drizzle the cooked side of the pancake with hoisin and chili sauces. Add some pickled vegetables and fresh cilantro.
  • Place a cracker or crispy fried wonton in the middle for a crunchy touch.
  1. SERVE AND FOLD:
  • Gently fold the pancake in half over the contents with a spatula, then fold it again to create a quarter round. Lightly press to condense the crispy portion and the contents.
  • Place the pancake on a cutting board and chop it into small pieces, or serve it whole for an authentic street food experience.
  • Repeat the procedure with the remaining batter and fillings to create additional pancakes.

These Chinese-style stuffed breakfast pancakes are a delectable and distinctive addition to your morning routine. With every mouthful, the savory flavor melds with the pancake’s soft, crunchy texture and the taste of the fillings, creating a satisfying and appetizing breakfast choice. The fillings can be customized to your tastes or dietary requirements, giving this traditional Chinese street food a unique flair.





Enjoy!

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