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Jian Bing (Chinese Crêpes)


20 min

Jian Bing (Chinese Crêpes)

Jian Bing (Chinese Crêpes) Photo 1


20 min


1 persons




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Author: Victoria Bailey
Jian Bing, a.k.a. Chinese crêpes are quick and easier to make than you think! There are many variations of this recipe but this is the only one I use. I like to add green onion and cilantro, but others use different ingredients, such as sunflower seeds. Instead of crackers, you can also use Chinese fried dough (You Tiao). Enjoy!


  • millet flour: 2 Tbsp
  • soy milk: 2 Tbsp
  • vegetable oil: 0.5 tsp
  • water, if needed: 1 tsp
  • Chinese black bean sauce: 1 Tbsp
  • water: 1 tsp
  • Asian chile pepper sauce, or to taste: 0.5 tsp
  • water: 1 tsp
  • cooking spray: 0 piece
  • egg, beaten: 1 piece
  • green onion, sliced: 0.5 piece
  • torn fresh cilantro leaves: 1 Tbsp
  • whole crackers: 2 piece

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Stages of cooking

  1. Whisk millet flour, soy milk, and vegetable oil together in a bowl to make a batter with the consistency of heavy cream. Add a teaspoon of water to thin the batter, if necessary.
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  2. Mash black bean sauce in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon water to make it easy to spread. Mix hot chili sauce with 1 teaspoon of water in a separate small bowl. Set both sauces aside.
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  3. Spray a large skillet generously with cooking spray, and heat over medium-low heat. Pour batter into the skillet, and spread evenly to make a thin crêpe; cook until firm, about 1 to 2 minutes. Pour egg evenly over crêpe; cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until egg is set. Sprinkle crêpe with green onion slices and cilantro leaves, pressing them firmly into cooked egg.
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  4. Flip crêpe and spread with bean sauce and chili sauce. Place crackers in the center of crêpe, leaving about 1/4 inch of space between the two crackers. Flip top third of crêpe down over crackers; flip the bottom third up, and then fold the crêpe in half so the crackers are stacked on top of each other in a tidy package. Serve hot.
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History of the Jian Bing (Chinese Crêpes)

Jian Bing, a popular street food in China, has been around for centuries. Originally from the northern part of China, it has become a staple breakfast food for many in the country. Jian Bing is made with a variety of ingredients, including eggs, scallions, beans, and spices, wrapped in a thin and crispy crêpe. It is commonly sold by street vendors who make it fresh on a griddle and serve it hot.

Tips and Tricks for Jian Bing (Chinese Crêpes) Recipe

To make Jian Bing at home, it is important to have a good batter consistency, which should be like heavy cream. If the batter is too thick, add a little water to thin it out. Additionally, make sure to cook the crêpe until it is firm before adding the egg. This will ensure that the egg sets properly and doesn't stick to the pan. Finally, when flipping the crêpe, make sure to press down firmly to help the green onion and cilantro stick to the egg.

Tips for presenting the dish

Jian Bing is typically presented as a tidy package, with the crackers stacked neatly on top of each other. To achieve this, fold the crêpe in half so that the crackers are in the center and then fold the top third down and the bottom third up. This creates a neat and compact package. You can also serve Jian Bing with some extra chili sauce on the side for those who like it spicy. Enjoy this delicious and easy-to-make Chinese breakfast classic!

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