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Apr 20, 2009 10:52 AM

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

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    1. 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

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      1. re: E Eto

        I appreciate all the responses. And yes that is the dumpling house I went to. Thank you for the rec.

        1. re: LakerFan

          If that picture is representative of what you're looking for, I'd also suggest 101 Noodle Express.

          101 Noodle Express
          1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

        2. re: E Eto

          of course knowing which place in NY would clear the ambiguity, but when I read the request I thought it was sesame flat bread referred to, which Beijing style places often serve and neither burrito-like nor like the scallion pancake.

        3. 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.

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          1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

            I should have probably written Sesame Pancake sandwiches, but here is my point of reference.
            Bottom picture.
            thanks for the advice.

            1. re: LakerFan

              Out here I think they're called beef pancakes (when filled with beef). This should not be confused with beef rolls, such as those served at 101 Noodle Express, and which are not available in New York.

            2. re: taiwanesesmalleats

              "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!

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                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.