Jian Bing Guo Zi anywhere in LA?
I heard through friends that there is in fact a place that sells Jian Bing Guo Zi somewhere in Los Angeles. I'm beginning to wonder if it is a myth, though since my friends have only 'heard' and cannot confirm exactly where it has been sold. I've checked a few of the local Chinese breakfast places in the SGV without success.
Since I don't know the transliteration for Jian Bing Guo Zi, I would describe it as a savory crepe with eggs, cilantro, sesame seeds, and spicy paste wrapped up around some sort of crispy fried wafer or doughnut. Regionally, the ingredients vary though...Here's a video showing how it's made:
Am I out of the loop? I know Chowhound has a handful of people who've been to China...I'm hoping someone can help me out so that I may enjoy one of the things I miss most from China!
If this is what I think you are talking about, then Four Sea in Hacienda Heights has it.
Four Sea Restaurant
2020 S. Hacienda Blvd
Thanks for bringing this up. I remember getting this for breakfast from a hole-in-the-wall breakfast place across the street from where I was staying in Shanghai and it was delicious. I never knew what it was called or how to differentiate it from other "jian bing" though, so I'm glad it has a more specific name now.
Does Noodle House or Four Sea actually use the giant crepe pan thing?
I've had Tianjin Jian Bing Guo Zi at the Noodle House. It's the only place in LA I know that serves it. Though the taste was just okay, it was interesting just to try something that I've never had before. I do order it every time I go there for breakfast because no other restaurants makes it.
Try this place:
818 E. Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
It's a small restaurant at the south east corner of Valley blvd and San Gabriel Blvd. Looks like just recently opened. They serve very authentic Jian Bing Guo Zi, and other special dishes from Tianjin. Tried it two weeks ago, it's really good. It's very cheap too.
Thank you for the recommendation Yolanda...it worked!
I was a little perturbed, the first time I went, which was last weekend. A search online had stated that 818 opens at 9:00 (which was also the opening time on the front door). I arrived at 9:50, and although the door was open, the employee (owner possibly?) stated to come back in 15 mintues when they opened. She was a touch rude, so I decided to leave and come back a different day.
I returned today around 12:30...the place had a few diners. Interestingly, I noticed that none of the patrons were eating the yang rou chuan...Anyway, I ordered my beloved jian bing guo zi, and I have to say it was pretty authentic. I was bashful to use my 'foreigner-chinese' so I didn't ask for extra spicy paste, but nevertheless it was still very tasty. The menu price if I remember was $3.50, but since I ordered two eggs for my bing, it came to $4.00 (plus tax).
I will definately be back when the mood strikes. I'm pretty impressed to have finally found a place that serves jian bing guo zi. Thanks again!