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Jun 20, 2008 05:07 PM

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!


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  1. i know what you are talking about but have not yet found it in la/sgv as of yet.....then again, i haven't looked that hard. but had my fill of them last week in beijing. =)

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    1. re: wilafur

      From what I've heard...jian bing is originally from Tianjin...but I prefer jian bing from Beijing.

      Glad you got your fill while in China...jealous!

    2. 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
      Hacienda Heights

      1. Noodle House in Arcadia has Tianjin Jian Bing Guo Zi on their breakfast menu, but I've never actually ordered it before. You might contact them, although you'd probably need to speak Mandarin. Here's some more information:

        1. 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?

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          1. re: PandanExpress

            I don't know--I've never ordered that dish before.

          2. 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.