Chinese Pancakes in San Francisco
Green onion and chive pancakes aside, the list of SF places with pancakes and other fried breads for comparison seem to be:
Beijing Restaurant (2 locations): http://beijingrestaurant.us/menu-bj-d... , at the Alemany location perhaps the other, they also have a "Beijing omelette" AKA jian bing
House of Pancakes
Xiao Long Bao on Clement
Kingdom of Dumpling & King of Noodles & Shandong Deluxe
Most of these places only have a beef pancake and a sesame pancake, but Beijing and House of Pancakes have several other. Any other places?
Z & Y, Potsticker and Szechuan Cuisine Uncle Cafe have a pancake with beef on their appetizer menus. It's a wrap style.
A couple more -
Little Beijing, though it has been some years since my last time there.
and nearby, Peking Restaurant.
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Chili House at 726 Clement St (relatively new restaurant) serves an excellent rolled up, burrito style beef pancake. It, as Atomica describes the Dong Bei Mama version, has sliced beef, cilantro, scallions, and hoisin sauce.
A list of the pancakes at House of Pancake is in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8900...
Beijing Restaurant's "Beijing style stired fried pancake with sliced pork" is a cool spin on pancakes--- they take the bing dough, cut it into tagliatelle-width ribbons, and stir fry it along with cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots, green onion, and pork. It's not especially saucy or oily, and it tasted like there was a small amount of hoisin sauce. Delicious. Pancake chewiness minus the crunch.
Looking through a takeout menu from Happy Golden Bowl in El Cerrito, they have:
Flat sesame bread with beef: 燒餅夾肉 (shao bing jia rou )
Beef pastie: 牛肉餡餅 (niu rou xian bing)
Sesame pancake 芝麻大餅 (zhima dabing)
I like their Zhi ma da bing better than the ones I've had at Darda and House of Pancakes. Some mentions of it at a Chowdown: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888979
Five Happiness on Geary in SF has four types of pancakes and fried breads on their Sunday "Chinese breakfast" order sheet, three of which I couldn't find on their English menu. In the upper left corner of the order sheet are listed:
7. 牛肉餡餅 (1) $5.95 [niu rou xian bing , a beef pancake]
15. 油酥燒餅(1) $1.65 [yousu shao bing, a small fried sesame bread]
16. 牛肉燒餅 (1) $3.50 [niu rou shao bing, a small fried sesame bread sandwich with beef inside]
The green onion pancake (#6, 蔥油餅 cong you bing), which are also listed on the English menu, are awesome. They're thick, the outside is crispy, and there's a chewy interior with lots of green onion flavor.
My friend instructed me to turn the sesame bread into a sandwich by filling it with Chinese doughnut sticks (#14 you tiao) and dipping it in sweetened soybean milk (#13 doujiang). I can't eat soy milk, so that sandwich was a bit dry. The sesame bread itself was a bit heavy, but the doughnut was good.
The beef filled sesame bread was pretty good. The beef was sliced.
Chowhound chandavkl did an expose on "Shandong beef rolls":
I have little understanding of how Chinese, or any restaurant, sources and prepare their food so this wasn't all that surprising. At least the dough is hand made for these Shandong beef rolls... I'd assumed a lot of places serving only one or two kinds of pancakes were getting the same crappy ones I've bought from Ranch 99 or the frozen ones from Kingdom of Dumpling.