Sesame Pancakes, where to find them?
Just had these recently in NY's Chinatown. They were delicious.
Initial searches on chowhound came up empty. Can someone point me in the right direction?
10 East, exit where?:P
You probably went to the Dumpling House on Eldridge St in NY's Chinatown. If you're looking for what's called sesame pancakes there, then you should check out Mandarin Noodle Deli in Temple City. While the one in NY's chinatown is a little wedge and a nice little snack, the one at Mandarin Deli is a full order and more like a burrito that's cut up.
New Mandarin Noodle Deli
9537 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780
I think you'll have to be a little more specific than just plain "sesame pancakes". The possibilities that come to my mind when you say that are 1) shao bing, which is the sesame crusted, flaky bread that is often used to sandwich either you tiao or stewed beef or 2) sesame da bing, which would be a very thick bread like item with sesame on the crunchy, crusty outside and a softer, slightly chewy inside. For 1), I'd point to Yi Mei Chinese Pastries and for 2), I'd suggest China Islamic.
As for the reference to scallion pancakes, I don't know about others but whenever I have those, either homemade or in a restaurant, having sesame seeds on it is a rarity.
"As for the reference to scallion pancakes, I don't know about others but whenever I have those, either homemade or in a restaurant, having sesame seeds on it is a rarity."
they're often made with sesame oil, which imparts a noticeable sesame flavor even when they're not garnished with sesame seeds. i've seen/had them called by both names, but it's been a VERY long time (we're talking at least a decade) since i've been in a Chinese restaurant, so perhaps that's not the case anymore!
Yes, they are made with sesame oil and you are right about the flavoring, but I've personally never heard it called a sesame pancake myself. I always use the Chinese for it, cong you bing. None of those words in my mind specifically illicit an image of sesame in any way shape or form.