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Sep 24, 2012 03:54 PM

天津煎饼果子 (Tianjin styled savoury pancakes) stall, Chinatown, London

A pain to input Chinese characters with my computer but figured it might be more useful to other hounds in the end, since the signs are in Chinese and the stalls don't really have names.

Got the above pancakes/crepes at a stall near the carpark in Chinatown, roughly across from Canton.

These savoury crepes are made just like their cousins in Normandy, using a similar spreader on a griddle. I got the version with 2 eggs (the ones with generic sausages looked less appealing), cracked over the crepe, then a generous sprinkle of chopped coriander leaf. The crepe is folded over, given a brush of umami rich bean sauce; another fold and another brush of a chilli sauce.

Didn't look particularly impressive as it was made, but it came together well, the eggs slightly fluffy and cooked just right, nicely enhanced by the judicious amount of sauces and airy coriander.

A good deal at £2.80. There's another stall closer to Baozi Inn that also makes it; will be trying it next.

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  1. ..or even their cousins in Qingdao! From a 2010 visit, photos below.

    4 Replies
    1. re: scoopG

      Very cool! What are the ones in Qingdao called? Is it the same dish or a different one?

      1. re: limster

        Same as in London - 煎餅果子 - jiān bing guǒ zi. Although it appears the end result is decidedly different!

        1. re: scoopG

          Very popular breakfast item in Beijing, too. I loved them. But seemed to be a Northern Chinese thang coz I couldn't find them in Shanghai southwards.

          1. re: klyeoh

            The Taiwanese variant is just called daan bing 蛋餅 (egg crepe) and are generally not served with bean or chili sauce, a much milder breakfast delight that relies more on the flavors of the fresh crepe, eggs, scallions or chives. I know crullers and soy milk, plus those sesame flakey flatbreads (shao bing) were brought over to Taiwan by Northern Chinese immigrants (actually retired military personnel) around Shandong, but this egg crepe snack I'm not sure who came up with it/brought it over, or re-interpreted it.

            Either way, great to see good ol' street food from China in the UK.