You know I love words but they say a picture is worth a thousand, so here's a photo essay about making Xian Bing, a flaky meat pie I tried in Xi'an, China, after watching each one stretched, filled, rolled and cooked on the street in the Muslim food market.
MAKING XIAN BING (MEAT PIES) IN CHINA
These meat pies are rolled and grilled on the street in the food market in Xi'an, China. The thin stretchy dough is wrapped around a filling of ground meat (lamb or beef) with lots of chopped green onions, then flattened into a thick pancake that's fried on a hot griddle until golden brown. Here's how:
Want to know more about making Xian Bing? I found these recipes online that approximate what I saw on the street in Xi'an. One is made with mushroom and shrimp filling, and uses the same filling and rolling technique, while the other uses beef, (the bing I tried in China was made with ground lamb), and a slightly different method for stuffing the bing, similar to making filled buns.
Click the links to their sites and learn how to create Xian Bing at home. Happy cooking!
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