Dan Bing recipe?
The internets seem pretty silent on this topic, aside from one Chinese recipe that I can't read and a few YouTube videos that don't have recipes.
Does anyone have a recipe or general idea of how to cook a Shanghai/Taiwanese street food and breakfast staple called dan bing? It's basically an egg crepe.
I know the dough for the crepe is a combination of water, corn or tapioca starch, and water. The crepe is poured out, and when it's half cooked a beaten egg is poured on top and the whole crepe is flipped and then rolled up.
I've gotten a reasonably close approximation with half a cup flour, a heaping tablespoon of corn starch, and enough water to make the batter runny (rather than like pancake batter). But I definitely don't have it down to a science (yet)!
i lived in rural taiwan for 3 years and now i miss those quick, simple, delicious breakfasts of dan bing at the only resto in town. back in canada, i was overjoyed to find the pancakes at my local asian market, but they've since stopped stocking them. needless to say, i'm glad to have found this post!
i have one thing to add: while experimenting with the sauce for dan bing, i inadvertently discovered the exact taste i remembered: good oyster sauce thinned a bit with light soy sauce, and sweetened with a glug of mirin.
I normally cheat and use tortillas… would love to be able to make scallion pancakes thin enough for this, but I never manage.
Anyway, here's what this page says. It's pretty much what you were already doing, but now you have the Taiwanese seal of approval (TM).
for 3 pancakes:
8 Tbs high gluten wheat flour
2 1/3 Tbs corn starch
220 ml water
pinch of salt
Mix together batter ingredients and let rest 10 minutes (you can also add scallions).
For each pancake, beat 1 egg with 1 Tbs water and 2-3 Tbs chopped scallions and a pinch of salt.
Heat pan, oil lightly, pour 1/3 of batter and let it spread out into a thin pancake.
When half-transparent, flip over and pour egg mixture over and spread evenly.
At this point you can pour a little bit of oil on the side and shake the pan to make it go underneath, for a crispier pancake.
When the egg is halfway set, flip again and cook for a few more seconds.
Roll up (with egg on inside or outside), transfer to plate and cut into sections.
Serve with sweet/spicy sauce or thick soy sauce.
You can add pork sung, cheese, ham, bacon, etc.
I've got a few sites bookmarked that have recipes for jian bing. I haven't gotten around to trying any of them yet.
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