Jianbing is One of Beijing’s Favorite Street Foods — Dining On A Dime

– We’re heading towards Irving Street, which is sort of the main commercial drag in the inner Sunset neighborhood, south of Golden Gate Park. And we’re going to a
pop-up, Tai Chi Jianbing, inside of a restaurant called Nabe. What Tai Chi Jianbing
specializes in is jianbing. Jianbing has an exciting origin story. Apparently, there’s this General, during the Three Kingdoms
Era, General Liang. He and his men were marching. They ran out of woks, and they’re like, “(bleep), how are we gonna cook?” General Liang had a brilliant idea. Heat up the shields, pour
the batter on the shields. Then put (bleep) in it
and make a little pancake. This very brilliant military tactician was also the culinary father of many delicious Chinese foods. Explain a little bit about
the history, about the pop-up, and sort of the origin of Nabe. – We just started the late of 2005. And our first pop-up at Osaka Imai. So the owner of the Nabe is really great. He gave us a lot of support. – Why do you focus on jianbing? – ‘Cause I eat jianbing
a lot when I was young. We got these recipes from a master who’s doing this in Beijing for decades. The first time, if you
want to try our jianbing, I highly recommend original one. So that’s the most authentic taste. – Let’s eat some jianbing. Okay, so I’m definitely… This original, the (speaks Mandarin). And then I think also,
the (speaks Mandarin), which is the barbecued pulled pork. And then, you said you
have a cumin beef special? – Yeah, cumin beef. – So let’s try that, too. And I think three is enough. This is sort of the quintessential northern China street food. The best way to describe this. It is like a Chinese crepe. Crack a couple of eggs on it, and then you just put
all kinds of (bleep), whatever you want. There are different sauces. Sometimes it’s like a hoisin sauce. Oyster sauce, which is like corn starch with a little bit of oyster essence. Why don’t we get going with the old street original jianbing, (speaks Mandarin) jianbing. This is prepared with some chili
paste, some fermented tofu. There’s usually the (speaks Mandarin), which is like a crispy cracker. (hums) I love this, man. This takes me back. Little bit of a, little story. I was a very poor student in college. I think my report card spelled “fad-d-d”. And I got kicked out
of school, essentially. I ended up going to China for a year. This was when I was like, 19. I rented a room at a college and I would walk to work every day where I worked at the Holiday Inn. And for breakfast, when
I ate on the streets, they had the jianbing guys… I forget how much it cost, but it was probably a
dollar, $1.50, I think. This was almost 20 years ago. I’m a very old man. This is a little fancier. This is sort of fancified. (snaps fingers) jianbing. But it’s still, the
essence of it is the same. There’s a good amount of spice in this, and there’s also sort of
like that sweet, heady, bean paste flavor that kind of pervades, is that it’s sort of spread all over. And then of course, the
crunchy texture of that fried wonton strip, the (speaks Mandarin). And so that also gives a nice crunch, a nice texture, a nice variant. But yeah, super good. Let’s try another flavor of this. Let’s try the… This is (speaks Mandarin) jianbing, which is the barbecued pork. It looks like there’s just kind of like… For lack of a better term, this is like barbecued pulled pork. There’s a big fistful of nice, bright purple cabbage in there. This tastes like a traditional pulled pork like you would get in sort of a North Carolina style barbecue. It’s that… In Chinese, it’s rousong. It’s like meat floss, is the best way. Redneck spaghetti, also. Well, I don’t wanna offend
the rednecks out there. Sorry. It does taste a little Chinese, because there still is
that sweet bean texture. But there also is, what
tastes to me, at least, like a ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, tomato-based sauce that’s mixed in with the Chinese flavors that you would expect, which is sort of more fermented bean, soy bean, mung bean, fermented tofu, fermented vegetables. But it’s still very good. This is their special. This is the cumin beef. And I gotta say, this looks good. And it looks like there’s red peppers and a lot of cilantro, as well as this beef in there. This is great. Cumin is a spice sometimes associated with Indian cuisine in south Asia. It has a presence in a lot of curries, and so it is a very
fragrant, very powerful, very heady spice. It pairs well with meat. Cumin can overpower easily,
but it doesn’t do that here. It serves the jianbing well. There’s also a nice, sharp
ginger flavor in this as well. So this one has a lot of strong flavors. The cumin, the peppers, the ginger, the big strips of onion,
as you can see here. This one is a little more,
like, down-to-business. I’d like to thank you for joining me for this episode of Dining on a Dime from the Tai Chi Jianbing
pop-up inside Nabe restaurant in San Francisco, California. If you’d like to watch
more, please click here.

100 comments on “Jianbing is One of Beijing’s Favorite Street Foods — Dining On A Dime”

  1. Lucas Peterson says:

    I love jianbing! Go get some!! And tune in next week for the next (and maybe final???) episode of the SF season. But don't go anywhere, because we've got another great season coming. Thank you and I appreciate you and see you soon!!! 😘😘😘😘

  2. SamuraiMo YouMaySayMo says:

    this guy shows no emotion and the food ranger shows all the emotions lel is this on purpose?

  3. Sara Cornejo says:

    Barrel of Monkeys is My Ultimate Fave Game next to Scrabble…Love You're Shirt and U Lucas😘😘😘😘😘😘Thanks For The Foodhistory😀😀😍😍😍😍

  4. Pat Ricia says:

    You should try superstar resturant

  5. Bombed Nevada says:

    Lucas got a potty mouth this week.

  6. highsoap says:

    In authentic Beijing style, the wrapper should not be floppy like that. It seems that they used more of japanese crepe batter recipe for this.

  7. RJ Abuan says:

    Need to hit up San Tungs on irving and try the famous chicken wings

  8. Matt Carandang says:

    One of my favorite shows ever to have graced Youtube in history. Keep up the awesome work!

  9. Ali Z says:

    Lol i finally found one Youtuber that doesn't make ugly, fucked up faces and horrendous weird ass noises when they like the food!! 😂
    And i like the little bit of history you give about the food.

  10. Gu Xx says:


  11. Hungry By Nature says:

    I'm a simple man. I see Lucas, I hit the "Like" button.

    I see Nick, I'm just going to repeat some of the already said comments.

  12. Sean McDonagh says:

    The nabe guy looking at the camera made me uncomfortable

  13. spoken truth 602 says:

    new bone thugs and its fire

    dissing all mumble rappers who wanna bite they style but cant

  14. Eli Calderon says:


  15. dyy Fethiiyhn says:

    If you really believe that story on how it was invented, then you believe in the Easter bunny too.

  16. JeFFreyZ says:

    I didnt know Lucas was half Chinese lol. Thought he was half Japanese for some reason.

  17. Kjetil Steensnæs says:

    Haha! The poor sound effects sync in 2:40 <3

  18. Silver Chopsticks says:

    I love your channel but brother, you narrate and then suddenly drop your voice so softly that you are inaudible. Can you please speak in a more evenly modulated pattern so I don't have to keep turning your videos up and down?

  19. 吴炳川 says:


  20. Ace Victory says:

    its overrated

  21. Patricia Sheck says:

    It's like a Crunchwrap lol

  22. angel,baby my,angel baby says:

    How can you help us warn the people?
    I been reaching out and posting to all YouTube channels especially with very high audiences.

    stay united💞
    to be ready for God's arrival,
    follow commandments to best of your ability, ask forgiveness daily. children also, the ones old enough to know right from wrong.

    Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
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    Feel free to help us and post this message to all channels when u have time through out the day!

    Thank you, God bless , 💞
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  23. Sammi Conley says:

    I wanna hangout with Lucas so bad lol he seems like such a cool and genuine person

  24. Cas says:

    Love this! It looks so good!

  25. Elsa&lisa says:

    Looks really great! Never heard of this though. I'm going to learn to make these.

  26. RubberusDuckus says:

    Why did this have to be in my recommended channels section…? Now I'm hungry. I just got done eating (bad food) and this looked really good. Then there's the other issue: San Francisco is too damned far away.

    Getting on a plane just to grab a bit to eat? Nah, I can't afford that…

  27. Zackary Allam says:

    He's so cute

  28. InspirationIsFree says:

    Whats up with all the cursing now Lucas?

  29. Roving Punster says:

    Jianbing looks to me like the culinary love child of a Mumbai Street Dosa and an overstuffed California style Burritto.

    I'll have to try my hand at it (I'm currently DIYing my Dosa technique).

  30. Mareno Tene says:

    great vid as always! can you please do an Indonesian restaurant? Would love to hear your take on it

  31. Deronn Turner says:

    So nice.. Love your food segments.

  32. Hee Sing Sia says:


  33. Windex says:

    i misheard the Cumin Beef to Human Beef. holy cow.

  34. T Le says:

    da fuck, people in the comment section are awful at guessing age.

  35. Hibiscus TV says:

    lucas! i didn't know u were old!

  36. David Nguyen says:

    Can we do a video of Lucas' upbringing. I am sincerely curious about his like.

  37. K C says:

    How does one "run out of woks"?

  38. Harry G says:

    that car featured in that old photo brings back a lot of fond memories

  39. superwangwei3630 says:

    Lucas is the guy you want to see after he travel the world and tell you all the food you've never heard of. Love this show!

  40. Derek M says:

    @lucaspeterson stopped aging when he turned 24…

  41. PattyMayonnaise says:

    That photo looks like is was 40 years ago. No one looks good in a throw back

  42. John Doe says:

    Awesome. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  43. Jing Ren says:

    I'm IMPRESSED. Lucas can read Chinese

  44. Wolf Chen says:

    They went and hipsterized a jianbing. WTF

  45. Matt Wernecke says:

    Thanks so much! I had never heard of this before.
    I am learning alot watching you.
    Thanks again!,
    and Best Regards,
    Matt in the ATL.

  46. Monica says:

    Sooo what is lucas' age? We need it. For science 🙃

  47. CraftCrü Dude1203 says:

    Dude your the youngest looking 45 year old I've ever seen!! 🤣 #TheOldButYoung

  48. Syed Kaim says:

    i have to that…you look kinda sad but nice videos .. cheers

  49. ninjacookies says:

    It's been a long time since I had a Jianbing and this video just made me want to find a good place in LA that serves it.

  50. Achmad Naufal says:

    martabak telor, thats what its called down in Indonesia

  51. IKnowYouKnow says:

    Wow. If each one of those had two eggs and you at 3, that's a six-egg nosh. Dining on a Dime is watched enough that YouTube would have awarded you the cow's stomach by now; customarily given to food-show hosts so they can do their job.

  52. imhellag says:

    Commercial Sales Executive oh my god lol

  53. Omar Al-jobory says:

    Dude first ur video is awesome and every time I watch ur video u make me starving keep on man and great job
    One last thing how old r u😬

  54. Randy Hendrix says:

    so this dude speaks Chinese too. what the heck

  55. Anny Chen says:

    Oh yeah~I love to know more about Lucas's stories and more Chinese speaking please~

  56. M says:

    I THOUGHT LUCAS WAS 29-30! HOW IS HE 40????

  57. Mr Bazzinga says:

    indian cusine is not south asia its east asia

  58. Misisipi Mike says:

    Twenty thumbs up!!!!

  59. Chinmay Bhat says:

    Give this to a 99 variety Dosa street vendor in India. He will still give this to you at $1.50!!. No Offence to this though great video and great food!!

  60. Ran Dom says:

    this guy look like tony northup

  61. Leslie Johnson says:

    How many languages does Lucas speak?!

  62. -FWz- ImAnOoB says:

    Good job !!! I'm Asian and I can understand ur Chinese

  63. Jeremy Coelho says:

    This man has his facts about cuisines absolutely on point

  64. Flannel Fishing says:

    I had one of these in China, and I've been looking for them ever since!

  65. Kenneth Ho says:

    in Hokkien , Nabe means an insult word

  66. Yue Xu says:

    Looks more like Jianbingguozi rather than Jianbing. Jianbing is another kind of food mainly consumed in Shandong province.

  67. lightronger says:

    The Jianbing sometimes attributed to Zhuge Liang (last name Zhuge) is actually not the same as this one. Zhuge's Jianbing is made with grain flour and very chewy. You don't add anything to it while it's being cooked, but you can wrap things in it.The jianbing guozi here is made from mung beans and very soft and is closer to a crepe.

  68. Wy123 says:

    If he stay in Beijing till now, he absolutely will be a multi millionaire…

  69. David Tuipulotu says:

    My go-to food when I lived in Beijing – I bought it all the time! I love it and miss it a lot.

  70. Valerie Cao says:

    There was a more authentic jianbing place in Oakland Chinatown. But they closed down recently 🙁

  71. Tanekia Tolbert says:

    He's so cute… 😙

  72. sue girard says:

    cooking in TEFLON??! that's so 1960

  73. tyknos93 says:

    That smile @ 1:31 ❤😍

  74. Justin Tran says:

    This guy is not almost 40 years old!!! Wtf

  75. Dragon4eva says:

    Is there a language Lucas DOESNT speak? =O

  76. Ash .B says:

    Lucas doesn't age 😀

  77. fattymoko says:

    Your college report card read, "FADDD!" Hilarious! But your Eater report cards says, "AAAAAA!" LOL! Loved you patting your non existent tummy! Rich!

  78. James P says:

    Jianbing is tasty in theory but its fairly greasy and average in practise.

  79. Jierui Qian says:

    OMG! my mom was at the same Holiday Inn you worked at in 97 ! I vaguely remember that she was….some department manager ? She might have worked with you back then !

  80. K C says:

    Now this I would love to try😋

  81. Angga Pramudya says:

    00:03:21 I don't mind, Lucas 🙂

  82. kiko camaclang says:

    This looks sooo good

  83. Yihua Pu says:

    It doesn’t look authentic at all…I eat Jianbing every day and this is not authentic at all, real jianbing is just eggs, crackers, cilantro, and sauce that’s it

  84. p l says:

    he's general zhuge… not general liang

  85. Thomas Scream says:

    The eternal problem for English/Chinese speakers. Deciding on whether to pronounce Chinese words in chinese, or as a non-chinese speaker would in english, but ending up with a venerable tongue twister of neither option.

  86. Adam Solomon says:

    We need this in England!!!

  87. David Hodgson says:

    lol wtf the presenter can pronounce chinese pretty well

  88. Seams Latasha says:

    Jianbing is truly an inspired food item. Best breakfast food evahhhhh. This Jianbing is too small and too fance and not served hot in a plastic bag so nah. Love the show tho.

  89. Alex Moya says:

    those look damn good

  90. Ruining Ye says:

    Ur mandarin accent is gooood

  91. Adventures with Frodo says:

    1$ compared to 15$. But in a world now where the chareg 150$ for food truck, o welll

  92. Player King of New York City says:


  93. G. S. says:

    Becareful in using derogatory terms…you should know better…tsk tsk…

  94. Harry Evans says:

    He has soulless eyes. Dead inside

  95. Gabo Prado says:

    I made it at home and tasted good but I never had it real crispy
    I guess I have to go to Shanghai or San Francisco

  96. TAA Chang says:

    i couldn't help but notice on the restaurant menu it says "two organic cage free brown eggs"
    Brown eggs has nothing to do with organic actually the opposite. the chickens are selected to produce brown eggs because people believe it to be more natural making it sell better. how ironic 😀

  97. Burnaby Emergency Photography says:

    I was Tianjin wasn’t it?

  98. william Kimmel says:

    What a lovely anecdote.😁

  99. i am noone says:

    the worst host/presenter ever. Boo!!! Glad your series ended!

  100. thisissooolegit says:

    Definitely going to check this one this weekend

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