We had a quick dinner at Beijing Alley last Friday before watching Captain America. At first I was hesitant to eat here, but when the Mongolian pointed out they sell jianbing, I was so excited (this is the first time I’ve had jianbing in Australia) I needed no further convincing.
I’d describe the jianbing as a large thin round crepe with a sweet sauce (like 甜蜜酱) and an optional splash hot sauce, an egg, a sprinkling of spring onions and another of coriander. Then the vendor would add in a fried dough stick or another very crunchy, deeply fried carb and wrap it up like a kebab. Because it is hawker food, it costs about 3RMB. I thought it was breakfast food (and I’ve certainly only had it as breakfast), but the Mongolian told me he use to have it after tutoring school which is about dinner time. Either way, it both warms the soul in the unforgiving Shanghai-ese winter and fills the tummy for a ravishing students who study too much.
Things are on the expensive side here, but the food is ok. Next time I come, I want to try their zhajiangmian.