Yes, there’s a separate thread about a new jian bing pop-up serving $8-$9 organic jian bings. I’ve suppressed my knee-jerk inclination to jump at this because it seems a bit too much cultural appropriation for me, up there with foie gras poutine and Kobe beef banh mi (yes, there was a place serving this in SF). A $8+ jian bing might work as a novelty item in an area with heavy tech money traffic, but I can’t yet bring myself to travel to the outer Sunset for something I’d pay 50¢ for in Shanghai.
However, this set me wondering about the availability of jan bing (or dan bing/ji dan bing as they are known in Shanghai) generally in the By Area. Ten years ago there was a remarkable place called Go Go Cafe in the ever-changing 19th & Irving area that had the youtiao-stuffed version on the menu for $4.50. (It was listed as “Scallion Crepe With Egg and Fried Bread” in English, and “jian bing gouzi” In Chinese). Unfortunately, Go Go Cafe closed 6 years ago.
Currently, there is a pedal-by-night operation in Berkeley, “Jian Bing Johny” who typically shows up on short notice at late-night events in the East Bay, and a takeaway stand in Oakland Chinatown selling jian bing guozi (the you tiao-stuffed version) for $4.45. I’ll probably get to the latter, but I’m really craving the crunchy fried wafer-stuffed version.
I’m wondering if anyone has spotted jian bing (or something listed that might be jian bing) on a Chinese restauraant menu in the Bay Area?