Jian Bing (Chinese Crepes)

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Quick and Easy! There are many variations of Jian Bing, a.k.a. Chinese Crepe; this is only one. I use scallions and cilantro in this recipe, but others use different ingredients, such as sunflower seeds. Instead of crackers one can also use Chinese fried dough (You Tiao). Enjoy!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 crepe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons millet flour

  • 2 tablespoons soy milk

  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon water, if needed

  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black bean sauce

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • ½ teaspoon Asian chile pepper sauce, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • cooking spray

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • ½ green onion, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon torn fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 whole crackers

Directions

  1. Whisk together millet flour, soy milk, and vegetable oil in a bowl to make a batter the consistency of heavy cream. Add a teaspoon of water to thin the batter, if necessary.

  2. Mash the black bean sauce in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon of water to make it easy to spread. In a separate small bowl, mix the hot chili sauce with 1 teaspoon of water. Set the sauces aside.

  3. Spray a large skillet generously with cooking spray, and heat over medium-low heat. Pour the batter into the skillet, and spread evenly to make a thin crepe. Cook the crepe for 1 to 2 minutes, until firm. Pour the egg evenly over the crepe. Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until the egg is set. Sprinkle the crepe with green onion slices and cilantro leaves, pressing them firmly into the cooked egg.

  4. Flip the crepe and spread with bean sauce and chili sauce. Place the crackers in the center of the crepe, leaving about 1/4 inch of space between the two crackers. Flip the top third of the crepe down over the crackers, flip the bottom third up, and then fold the crepe in half so the crackers are stacked on top of each other in a tidy package. Serve hot.

Editor's Notes

For the crunchy filling, use any kind of savory cracker, a piece of crisp fried wonton skin, or a piece of fried pork rind.

You can substitute all-purpose flour for millet flour, and regular milk for soy milk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
11g Fat
20g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 241mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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