Chinese smoked pork pancakes
Just noticed this new place on St. Andrew, in the ground floor of the building where Bright Pearl used to be.
The person behind the counter of the small takeout place was very limited in his English. There's a sign on the wall with 4 pictures of seemingly slight variations of the same thing. But the only English on it said "smoked pork pie". I just pointed at the sign and he got to work.
He rolls out a small ball of dough into a thin disc and then griddles it until puffed up, kind of like a pita. On the pancake he spreads some hoisin and hot sauce, then layers bean sprouts, grated carrot, coriander and scallions before crowning the mound with smoked pork. It's then rolled up. So it's really like the rolled pancake stuffed with smoked pork found at Chinese Traditional Buns and other northern Chinese places. But the pancake was a lot thinner, it's more like the wrappers they use at Bahn Mi Boys for their tacos.
I really liked it. Nice smokiness. The wrapper had a bit of chew but still tender. And considering it's about the size of a small burrito yet only costs $3, it's a bargain. Having this and maybe something like the coxinha at Segovia nearby would make a very filling lunch.
So far, the best tasting version I have encountered is the one offered by Northern Dumpling Kitchen in Richmond Hill. Its 'make your own'. The slightly fatty pork is well seasoned and super smokey. Pancakes are piping hot, crispy on the outside and soft inside. Lovely and addictive combo!
What a great find - thank you for posting!
A great smoked meat pancake ("bin") is unbeatable - crispy pancake (just enough finger licking lard), raw julienned spring onion, HOT hot sauce, and day-old smoked meat chopped fine.
I had been getting my fix from Chinese Traditional Bun on Dundas - Fantastic with rice porridge for an indulgent brunch.
I will definitely give this place a try soon.