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Jul 19, 2012 04:02 PM

"Meetpie" in Richmond - what is this really called?

Yes, meetpie. Not meatpie. That's what the few words of English on the menu said at Red Lantern.

This stall, which is just a few down from O'Tray, looked promising from the front. I worked my way through the menu and settled upon the "meetpie" for a reasonable $6. The owner seemed to think it was a good choice and told me it would take 10 minutes to make.

After precisely 10 minutes the bell rang and picked up my meetpie. It was a large one, completely filling the large plate. It came with a side dipping dish of vinegar.

The piping hot crust itself had a nice chew, was crisped up nicely, and was filled with a flattened out version of a typical xiao long bao filling - minced pork with a hint of ginger and green onions - and a LOT of juice. The meat was moist, well seasoned, and delicious. The vinegar really highlighted the flavours nicely. The crust soaked up the juices from the plate and made this all around a very good dish.

I'd love to know the name of this dish, as it was the first time I've had one quite like it, and somehow I don't think it is called "meetpie!"

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  1. If it looks like meat, and tastes like meat, it's probably is ....... "meet" ;-)

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      Yes, but what is the name of the whole dish? :)

      1. re: YVRChow

        It looks like a Jing Dong Rou Bing (a multi-layer meat pie).

        1. re: fmed

          Does a Jing Dong Rou Bing usually have so much "soup" inside of it almost like a xiao long bao? I thought it was usually a bit drier - almost like the classic green onion pancakes?

          1. re: YVRChow

            It is drier. But I would not be surprised if the stall took shortcuts which resulted in soupiness (e.g. used the same filling as for XLB). I'll have to check it out. I have eaten at that stall...but I haven't tried that particular item.

            1. re: fmed

              LOL - quite possible! But the soupiness was actually a positive taste feature for me - so the shortcut worked well if that is what it was! :)

    2. Thanks, YVRChow, always looking for more deliciousness at President Plaza. Just added to my list to try next time we hit O'Tray.

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      1. re: grayelf

        Look forward to hearing what you think of it!

      2. Went by Red Lantern earlier today, around 11:30am. They don't seem to be open today, or at least not yet. Looked at the pictoral menu on the counter with the "meetpie". It's indeed the Beijing-style thin crepe/pancake with the meat filling, but the pics (and yours) suggest a single-layer, whereas I believe true street versions in Beijing are multi-layered and ought to be dry. I suspect Red Lantern used the same XLB fillings for this one, hence its soupiness (not that there's anything with that, Jerry).

        Found an LA Times article of it which looks more authentic. It's typical street food:

        Mmmm, if in LA this could make a good meatpie-down venue :-D

        This Beijing style meat-filled crepe is not uncommon at other stalls. In fact I was headed to Richmond Public Market for lunch and ate at Fu Yuan (where they epically failed me today ..... but that's a whole other thread which I won't start right now). Fu Yuan had the same stuff, as well as the Xi An stall a few stalls down.

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          There used to be a stall run by an elderly lady (in the middle of the foodcourt on the same side as the Xian stall) that served it wet. (It might be the same stall that Fu Yuan is now? Not sure. I have not been to the RPM in a while now).

          1. re: fmed

            Oh that meat pie was good, fmed, I miss it!

            1. re: fmed

              I think it's next to Fu Yuan, cuz I was thinking the same. Now it's called Lao Cheng Pot (you read that right, LOL), as in "Old City Claypot" in Chinese, the English name didn't come out they way they anticipated, I think. It's all claypot dishes, looks like different (much younger) owner too.