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Jian Bing Guo Zi anywhere in LA?

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keai615 Jun 20, 2008 05:07 PM

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrfuIg...

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!

Thanks!

  1. wilafur Jun 20, 2008 05:12 PM

    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
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      keai615 Jun 20, 2008 08:28 PM

      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. ipsedixit Jun 20, 2008 10:09 PM

      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
      626-330-3088

      1. raytamsgv Jun 23, 2008 12:12 PM

        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: http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/ch...

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          PandanExpress Jun 23, 2008 05:40 PM

          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
            raytamsgv Jun 24, 2008 11:34 AM

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

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            SabHYC Jun 23, 2008 07:11 PM

            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.

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              yolanda Jun 24, 2008 11:58 AM

              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.

              Enjoy!

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              1. re: yolanda
                wilafur Jun 24, 2008 01:23 PM

                818 shao kao
                aka
                818 bbq?

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                818 Shaokao
                818 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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                  yolanda Jun 24, 2008 02:11 PM

                  Yep, I think that's the one.

                2. re: yolanda
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                  keai615 Jul 5, 2008 02:12 PM

                  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!

                3. TonyC Apr 15, 2014 09:59 AM

                  updated, by chihuoLA
                  http://www.chihuo.org/summary-jian-bi...

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                    selfportrait93 Apr 15, 2014 11:59 AM

                    Is this available in English?

                    1. re: selfportrait93
                      TonyC Apr 15, 2014 12:26 PM

                      google translate?

                      tl;dr Fortune No. 1's guozi is tasty, but still doesn't taste like home, but according to Tianjin natives, is as close as one gets in LA.
                      .

                      tl;dr (2) Garage's guozi (much like everything else there) is garbage.

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                        selfportrait93 Apr 15, 2014 02:14 PM

                        Awesome!!!!!
                        I didn't know it could translate the entire website in a second.
                        Thanks.

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