- It's always made fresh to order. Because the crepe and the inside cracker get soggy if left for more than a few minutes, each bing is made to right in front of your eyes.
- It's fun to watch the cook at work. There is always a line at the jianbing food stalls so there is plenty of time to observe as the cook works his magic.
- Jianbing satisfies a variety of tastes. The customer decides what type of sauce and vegetables to put inside.
- It's inexpensive. One jianbing is more food than I can eat for breakfast and they usually cost about $1 apiece.
Many of the people who travel with me get hooked on bing. One of my former students, Jeremy, recently opened his own jianbing food cart and catering business in Washington D.C. Jeremy took Chinese in high school and traveled to China with me and the other teachers and students during his sophomore year. He continued his studies at American University, spending a semester in Beijing. Upon graduation, Jeremy started his jianbing business called JINGBING. His vision is "to bring people closer together through the culture of food... (using) food to make the world a more understanding and delicious place." Check out Jeremy and Jingbing at https://www.jingbingfoods.com/
Interested in getting some authentic jianbing in China? Check out the upcoming Chow Fun tours.