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Jian Bing in SF?

One of my friends from Beijin has told me for so long about his love of jian bing - which Yelp in the past has not indicated is available anywhere in SF. My desire to try it again was re-kindled when I read about Jean-Georges' love for it too: http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2011/12/01...

is there anywhere in SF where i can try this?

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  1. I was really hoping you'd get some responses. I even went through 50 pages of SF foodspotting in hopes of finding a mention. I've only had it at a food court stall in Richmond, BC where it is delicious. Hope you find it and post!

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    1. re: grayelf

      Yelp'ers mention it being available at Everyday Beijing in San Mateo on weekends as recently as last month. Don't know about SF though.

      1. re: grayelf

        Plenty in LA if you ever visit us.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          just booked my trip to beijing so i think i can wait :)

      2. If you're still on the hunt for jianbing, here's the word from hyperbowler on Beijing Restaurant's.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Has anyone tracked this guy down? http://jianbingjohnnys.com/

          From twitter it looks like he was out and about as recently as Feb. 8 at the East Bay Bike Party.

          1. re: oniontears

            Jian Bing Johnny's out tonight at art murmur. Bummed I can't be there to try it, hope others can.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks for this tip! Might be able to check it out, and will post if I do!

            2. re: oniontears

              I spotted that cart, and wish I knew at the time what he was serving exactly. It still caught my attention. Hard not to stop and watch this guy working, slow and methodically. The crispy pieces were pretty large (like shrimp chip sized) and he was flipping the crepes with a piece of wood.

              1. re: sugartoof

                I stopped by around 7 and got a jian bing. I haven't had one before, so I can't do many comparisons, but this was quite good. The crepe was of very even thinness (he told me it was soybean flour and wheat flour) and the egg was perfectly done. The interior crispies were still very crisp when I ate them, and the 2-3 condiments brushed on really brought the package together. I think they were a fermented soybean sauce, and a chili sauce--I think nuts were involved in it. It's definitely worth the $5 dollars minimum donation.

                1. re: ...tm...

                  Glad you got a chance to try it. I heard he had to close up early and left some potential customers in the dust.

                  1. re: ...tm...

                    any more Jian Bing Johnny's sightings recently?

            3. Tian Jin Dumplings on Franklin St. in Oakland Chinatown (a food stall) across the street from Bank of America has Jian Bing. $3.95 and it was pretty good eats. The only thing is they use fried crullers and not fried egg roll skin or dough, so it's not as crispy in the middle. Nevertheless, it's cheap and filling.

              They also have variety of dumplings and steam buns. I had the Tian Jin steamed buns and it was yummy!

              The owners were very friendly.

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              1. re: theSauce

                Thanks for the report. Looking forward to trying it out.

                1. re: Dave MP

                  Finally made it to Tian Jin dumplings today before an appointment in Oakland. The serving was huge for the price. They make a large crepe, with egg sort of scrambled into the batter, then put two fried donuts inside, along with pickled veggies, black sesame seeds, hot sauce, and bean paste. Overall, I really liked the combination of flavors, though I agree with theSauce that it could have been better with a bit less donut and instead more of a crunch. But still, it's great to have this snack option available in downtown Oakland.

                  1. re: Dave MP

                    Do tian Jin and Beijing have different styles of filling in their jian bing?

                    When I type in just 煎餅 (jian bing) into google image search, the eggs filled with crunchy stuff come up. Google pulls up lots of doughnut filled ones when I type in the name Tianjin dumpling uses : 煎餅果子(jian bing guozi).

                    1. re: hyperbowler

                      In Shanghai, where they are usually called 蛋饼 (dan bing), not 煎饼, the filling is nearly always a rectangle of deep fried 豆腐皮 (tofu "skin," a. k. a. yuba) not youtiao (doughnut), giving you more crunch and less carbs. You can see the crunchy wafers in the upper left side of this woman's setup.

                      1. re: soupçon

                        Thanks, I didn't realize jian bing and dan bing were the same thing--- there's probably more diversity between cooks than between nomenclature.

                        For reference, here are pictures of a Dan bing from Shanghai, a sad looking Dan bing from Shanghai restaurant in Oakland, and a jian bing guozi from tian Jin dumpling.