Chinese Pancakes

Chinese Pancake Chinese name: 煎饼卷菜 (jiān bǐng juǎn cài)
Style: Shaanxi Cuisine
Characteristics: they are soft and smooth.

Pancakes, also known as Chinese crepes or Jian Bing, are a traditional food of central Shaanxi, and can be seen in all the streets and lanes in Xi'an in the early morning.

They are usually eaten with different kinds of other dishes, like Potato with Vinegar Flavor, Fish-Flavored Shredded Pork, Stir-fried Vermicelli, cold cucumber shreds, or simply eaten with chili sauce or Szechuan peppercorns.



Place 2 tablespoons of flour, and pour into a soup bowl. Use a spatula or chopsticks to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the center, while gradually adding small quantities of water until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.

Prepare the Flour Water

Place a pan over high heat until hot. Brush a thin layer of oil in the pan. Take half a ladle of the flour and water mix, and pour in the pan. Shake the pan to make the mix fully cover the pan. Turn over it when the edge rises. Change to medium heat and fry pancake for 1 minute on both sides until cooked. Remove it from the pan and put on a plate. Repeat to cook more.

Making Pancakes

Replace the pan with a wok to prepare the other dishes to be eaten with the pancakes, such as Potato with Vinegar Flavor and Fish-Flavored Shredded Pork.

Potato with Vinegar Flavor and Fish-Flavored Shredded Pork
Fish-Flavored Shredded Pork & Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato

Take the prepared dishes and place in the pancake. Roll it up. Repeat to make more and serve on a plate.

Roll up the Pancakes Filled with Dishes

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Chinese Pancake completed
Our Guests Attending Cooking Class
  • Our Guests Dining in a Local Family

    Our Guests Dining in a Local Family

    Ms. Nancy, Ms.Lucile from USA, Mr. Joshua and Mr. Timothy from Australia took part in our cooking class prepared in a local family in China. They learnt to make pancakes and cook perfectly matched dishes such as Shredded Pork with Green Pepper and Potato with Vinegar Flavor. They commended the hostess’s skill of cutting up vegetables and meat, as well as the diversification of Chinese cooking.

  • Ms. Filma Bagol & Mr. Francis Bagol Having Dinner

    The Bagols Having Dinner

    Ms. Filma & Mr. Francis from Canada spent about 2-3 hours at a local family in Xi'an where they had a face-to-face communication with the hostess, and learned to cook Chinese dishes and snacks like Kung Pao Chicken and Chinese Pancake. It is our special tour service which gains rising popularity among our customers. They said that it was a great change for those who are interested in Chinese culture and Chinese cooking.

  • Mr. Mulligan Learning to Make Pancakes

    Mr. Mulligan Learning to Make Pancakes

    Ms. Maureen and her husband from USA joined our tailor-made family visit in Xi'an and learned to cook Braised Spare Ribs, Chinese pancakes & Hot and Sour Soup in a typical Xi'an family specially selected by TravelChinaGuide. With great curiosity, Maureen asked to let her prepare the flour water for cooking the pancakes, and she suceeded finally thanks to the patient hostess. After the meal, she said that it was quite a life-enhancing experience for her and her husband.


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- Last modified on Jul. 17, 2019 -
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