Shouzhua Bing 手抓饼
One of my fondest memory from my first visit to Shanghai was their street food. Multitudes of food hawkers start to fill up the streets as early in the morning to serve breakfast to busy Shanghaiist. Among the 10 favorite street foods I tried, the one that was my favorite is Shouzhua Bing. I didn’t even know back then what they were called back then! I just remember getting hooked on the first bite and I’ve ordered them a few more times during my short visit. Shouzhua Bing are hot and crispy outside and savory sweet or spicy inside, whichever way you prefer.
Shouzhua Bing is like a burrito but wrapped with crispy hot roti. This is combined with savory and sweet flavors from a variety of fillings – The fillings can be eggs, Chinese roasted pork, beef pie, sausage, rattan pepper chicken, bacon, and vegetables. For condiment, hot sauce, ketchup, spicy sauce, sweet and spicy sauce, sweet salad dressing. And the scrambled eggs, oh! the scrambled eggs…they weren’t simply just added inside as filling like normal. Some vendors would spread the raw eggs on top of the roti pan and cook it together the roti as an additional layer. Other vendors pop a hole in the roti dough as it becomes puffy on the griddle and pour the raw egg inside the roti bread also creating a thin layer this time, in the middle of the roti.
You just don’t understand. It’s so AMAZING. Imagine having this wonderful goodness each day in the morning and costs $1 – 2 only! Sometimes, I do wish I live in Shanghai!!
So if you aren’t quite ready to pack and go to Asia for Shouzhua bing, can you make it at home? Sure you can! here’s how: