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Jian Bing

This street food is very popular in China. And Shanghai is no exception. I have seen these vendors numerous times, but never had time to try. So, when I happened upon this vendor recently, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. And it was delicious.

Here is a mini-lesson on how to order a jianbing.

Dialog

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Are they Tasty?
Nǐde jiānbǐng hǎochī ma? 你的煎饼好吃吗? Are your jianbings delicious?
Èn, hǎochī. 嗯好吃 Yes, very delicious!
Hǎode, wǒ yào yì zhāng. 好的。我要一张。 Okay, I’ll take one.
Nǐ yào làde ma? 你要辣的吗? Do you want a spicy one?
Bú yào. 不要. No.

Vocabulary

ChinesePinyinEnglish
你的nǐdeyour
好吃hǎochīdelicious
zhāngunit (measure word)
spicy
鸡蛋jīdànegg
cōngscallions
香菜xiāngcàicilantro
面酱miànjiàngjianbing sauce
辣酱làiàngspicy sauce
薄脆báocuìfried crispy fritter
生菜shēngcàilettuce

Even Portland has jianbings, just one location: SW 9th Ave between Washington and Alder. To learn more about this delicacy click here.

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