"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!"
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: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/16/food/la-fo-find-20101216
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.
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.