Jack is Cooking: Pancakes #5 (Jian Bing)

Well Hello Internet!

Since the Chinese new year celebration has been happening for the last week, and i absolutely love Chinese food, i decided to make a kind of Chinese pancake for my 5th pancake post.  There are many different kinds of “pancakes” in Chinese cuisine, each made out of very different ingredients and cooked in different ways.  I went for what might be the closest approximation to a traditional european pancake – a kind of Chinese crepe if you will.

Jian Bing are a traditional Chinese street food, they can be made very quickly, and can be filled with all sorts of different ingredients, and then folded up so they can be eaten on the go.  Most of the time they have some kind of egg mixture in them.  For my Jian Bing i put eggs, cilantro, chili sauce, sesame oil, and some sesame seeds.  The result was not only fantastic, but these might actually be the easiest and quickest pancakes i’ve ever made.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Pancakes:

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 3 tbspn rice flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • a pinch of salt

For the Filling:

  • 2 Eggs (scrambled in a bowl)
  • a bunch of cilantro
  • chili garlic sauce
  • sesame oil
  • sesame seeds

Here’s what to do:

First mix all the ingredients for the batter together in a bowl.  Let sit for a few minutes.

Pour a thin layer of the mix into a hot pan, and spread around to make a very thin layer.  While the crepe is cooking, pour a little of the egg on top, and sprinkle a little of all the filling ingredients, continue cooking just until the egg is set.Image

When the egg has set, flip the pancake over, just for a few seconds to cook the egg the rest of the way.

Flip the crepe back over, and fold in half, and then in half again:


Sprinkle with some more cilantro, and serve with a little soy sauce!