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Jianbing 煎饼 is a simple, crunchy breakfast snack served all over China, and it’s my favorite Chinese street food. There are two vendors in my neighborhood, but there’s only enough room for ONE jianbing in my stomach! It’s time for a STREET FOOD SHOWDOWN!


For me, it was a no-brainer to choose jianbing as the roadside delicacy to compete in the first ever Street Food Showdown. This cheap breakfast is crunchy yet soft, sweet yet savory. But perhaps the most important factor in all of this is: it’s a TON of fun to watch a jian bing vendor craft this culinary masterpiece in a minute or less.

When I first arrived in China, I lived in the Shandong Province for 10 months. Since this pancake-like treat originated from Shandong, it’s served on practically every street corner from 7am until noon, so I ate jianbing for breakfast at least three days a week. Also, it was definitely cheaper in Shandong than it is in Shanghai (2.5 – 4 RMB per piece vs. 4-6 RMB, depending on the number of eggs used).

Vendor prices & stats:

Jianbing vendor

Jianbing vendor #1: 15 years of experience (VETERAN) – 5RMB/piece

Jianbing vendor

Jianbing vendor #2: 4 months of experience (ROOKIE) – 4 RMB/piece

Street Food Showdown #1 RESULTS (as of July 29, 2016):

In this series, it’s important to factor in much more than simply the flavor of the street food. The vendor’s performance, style and attitude all contribute to the overall street food experience and atmosphere for the purchaser. Taking all of this into account, one can make an informed and analytical decision to determine a champion vendor.

After 5 days of publication on Youtube, vendor #2 has taken the lead with the most votes (factoring in both YouTube and Facebook votes) but it’s still anyone’s game! Be sure to cast your vote either by commenting below or by logging in on Facebook or Youtube and commenting on the video.

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Author: Kevin Cook

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  1. I like the second vendors speed… And she didn’t over cook it. The way she handled the crunchie things and folded it all together was very skilled. She is lying saying it’s only been 4 months. She is truly a veteran crepe maker

  2. Tough call. Am thinking a trip back to Shanghai is in order.

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