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Watch: Jianbing Is One of Beijing’s Favorite Street Foods

“Dining on a Dime” heads to pop-up Tai Chi Jianbing to taste a hawker specialty

This week’s episode of Dining on a Dime takes host Lucas Peterson on a little trip down memory lane. Back in the early 1920s when Peterson lived in Beijing (kidding, but it was almost 20 years ago!), he remembers seeing street hawkers serving jianbing in his neighborhood in Wangfujing. The jianbing is a customizable pancake, made with a wheat batter, eggs, and different sauces and toppings. It’s not inaccurate to say that it’s something like a Chinese crepe.

Tai Chi Jianbing is a pop-up that operates at a restaurant called Nabe, and they’re hoping to make the street food as popular here as it is in China. Its jianbing are hot, made-to-order, and can be filled with vegetables, pickles, crispy wonton strips, and other things. Watch the full episode about to hear what Peterson thinks of Tai Chi Jianbing’s riff on this classic Chinese dish.

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