Beijing Jianbing (北京煎饼) China Street Food Breakfast Crepe


We travel to eat. That’s not the only reason but it is a focus of every adventure. For that reason we are big fans of Asia. Street food is everywhere and it is cheap. Vietnam is possibly our favorite country so far with Malaysia being another standout. Our first trip to China in 2008 was an eye opener and our first time traveling on the continent. A meal in China is as cheap as $.50 cents Beers are $.25 cents. For dinner we could have a feast, a table full of food with unlimited beers for around $9 USD for two people.

We came back in 2016 to document the Uighur genocide in Xinjiang. I would write a book about this experience along with videos and photos showing how the Chinese government is destroying entire communities and imprisoning over 2 million Uighurs in “re-education” camps to make them become more “Chinese”. They would outlaw the call to prayer, destroy Mosques, remove entire graveyards, outlaw beards and the Hijab and force the Uighur population to abandon their language and learn Mandarin. The link to this e-book “Autonomous” with over 200 photos is below.

When we first arrived in Beijing we had a few days to rest before heading off to the Western Frontier, the fabled land of sand serpents and barbarians, Xinjiang. We stayed in a Hutong and spent most of our time in this small local community. Hutongs are walled neighborhoods and are also disappearing in Beijing, being replaced with the typical modern skyscraper.

Our Hutong. Unesco estimates that 86 per cent of the hutongs have been destroyed, a price paid for the city’s frantic development and modernization over the last 40 years. The residential lanes formed by rows of siheyuan, or traditional courtyard homes, once radiated outwards in a rectangular grid pattern from the Forbidden City, and social status was indicated by the residence’s proximity to the center of the celestial kingdom.
Most of the hutongs and the courtyards have been ripped down to make way for multi-lane motorways and sterile municipal tower blocks.

On our first morning out we quickly found a vendor selling steamed buns for .25 cents and we purchased two. A delicious and cheap breakfast. We then found a stall selling something we had never seen before, the Beijing Jianbing (北京煎饼) or, China Street Food Breakfast Crepe. This was a truly delicious thing to discover and we are so happy we did. We brought the dish back to America with us and I am more then happy to share it with you.

The ingredients are simple and you most likely will already have everything you need in your pantry.

Flour, Chili oil, Hoisin, egg and quail egg, green onion, cilantro, won ton wrappers, black sesame seeds.

For the crepe I use the typical recipe and these measurements will make two crepes, enough for two people. 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup water and 1 egg. I always suggest prepping all your ingredients first so fry up a few won ton wrappers, chop the green onions and a few sprigs of cilantro.

And we are ready!

Place half the batter on the grill and spread evenly into a thin layer. I incorporated the green onions into the batter. Crack two quail eggs onto the crepe and spread. Sprinkle on Black sesame seeds.

Flip the crepe and spread on the Hoisin sauce and the chili oil. Place two fried won ton wrappers on crepe.

Fold both sides of the crepe over and then also the top and bottom. And that is it.

Below is the video we shot in Beijing when we first discovered this dish. If you try making it please leave a comment and let us know how it turned out!

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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