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

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xmarcus Dec 22, 2011 11:30 AM

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)

Thanks

  1. scoopG Dec 22, 2011 01:33 PM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/823837

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    1. re: scoopG
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      xmarcus Dec 22, 2011 01:42 PM

      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
        Cheeryvisage Dec 22, 2011 01:54 PM

        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
          scoopG Dec 22, 2011 02:04 PM

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

          饅頭 mán tou
          Photo: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/b8rdDT-pcGVrTE3OUnFN3Q?select=N8hgd7mwXy-_ARqxNWAAoQ

          Here's the flat pancake version:
          北京烤鴨薄餅 Běijīng kǎoyā báobǐng
          Photo:
          http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.co...

          1. re: scoopG
            Cheeryvisage Dec 22, 2011 02:21 PM

            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
              scoopG Dec 22, 2011 02:24 PM

              Of course they have yeast! What was I thinking?

          2. re: xmarcus
            Cheeryvisage Dec 22, 2011 02:51 PM

            This is an old thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/480804 . 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.

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

            1. re: Cheeryvisage
              buttertart Dec 22, 2011 04:37 PM

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

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                FattyDumplin Jan 14, 2012 08:36 AM

                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
                  buttertart Jan 14, 2012 04:33 PM

                  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.

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                    FattyDumplin Jan 18, 2012 09:39 AM

                    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.

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