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Dec 22, 2011 11:30 AM

Where in Chinatown can you buy lotus rolls/pancake to eat with duck?

Where in Chinatown can you buy lotus rolls/pancake (or any type of pancake) to eat with duck?

What are the Chinese characters for these? (this helps when trying to locate stuff in a Chinese speaking grocery store)


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    1. re: scoopG

      Thanks, I had thought the buns for pork buns were different then the pancakes you eat with duck, but I could be wrong..

      1. re: xmarcus

        You're correct, the buns are for Cantonese-style peking duck (which is sorta oxymoronic... heh) and Taiwanese "gua bao" pork buns, while the thin pancakes are used when eating Pekinese-style peking duck. I'm not aware of anywhere that sells these thin pancakes, unfortunately. I'd be interested to know too if these can be bought at supermarkets.

        1. re: xmarcus

          In the Cantonese version of Peking Duck, they often use Mantou - a yeast-free bread.

          饅頭 mán tou

          Here's the flat pancake version:
          北京烤鴨薄餅 Běijīng kǎoyā báobǐng

          1. re: scoopG

            Mantou is yeast-free? Or did you mean the pancake is yeast-free? I've always made mantou with yeast. You mix flour, water, and yeast to form the dough, knead. Then, the dough is supposed to rise overnight, and finally steamed....

            1. re: Cheeryvisage

              Of course they have yeast! What was I thinking?

          2. re: xmarcus

            This is an old thread . Maybe try the Chinatown supermarkets like Hong Kong Supermarket? I admit I've never tried searching for pancakes in there before, but it's entirely possible they do in fact sell them.

            Hong Kong Supermarket
            157 Hester St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: Cheeryvisage

              HK Supermarket has had the Wei-Chuan ones, at least. Haven't looked for them lately because they're too much fun to make.

              1. re: buttertart

                how do you make the pancakes? I remember when I was a lot younger, my parents used to put together some flour / water mixture and use a brush to brush the very thin patter on a non-stick pan. in 10 - 15 seconds, you'd have a nice thin pancake to make eggrolls or for peking duck. but I can never figure out what exactly goes into the batter. If you do know, could you please share!

                1. re: FattyDumplin

                  That's the method for making spring roll skins, I think. I've never done that (flour, water, a little oil/). The lotus pancakes are 2 c flour + enough boiling water to make a dough the consistency of your earlobe (start with 1/2 c), let cool a bit, knead until springy, let rest 30 mins at least, roll into 2" log and cut into 1/2 in slices, roll these into balls, flatten them, brush half of them with sesame oil, and put the unbrushed ones on top, Flatten again and roll out into 6' or so circles. Cook in dry (non-stick) pan until opaque and bubbles start to form, turn over, cook about another minute. let cool briefly and pull them apart into 2 pancakes. Can reheat in foil in the oven or steam briefly over water or in microwave.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    Cool! I never knew they were called spring rolls skins (in hindsight, duh!!!), but was able to find the recipe. While not the exact thing used for peking duck, I think it will be close enough.