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Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

Oooh...that image looks about perfect. I know what I'm doing after the in-laws go home this weekend. Thanks!!

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

The problem I foresee with the DIY or modified danbing approach is that the "crackers" (one source online indicates they're called "baocui," though other sources call them "youtiao") put inside jianbing in Beijing have very little in common with the "youtiao" that are eaten straight for breakfast. The former are more like fried crackers than crullers and had some sort of seasoning kick to them...though it does seem as if something more akin to cruller-youtiao might go inside jianbing in Shanghai.

Not to mention this is the kind of craving that isn't going to be happy with a cousin of the original. I also remember the bean paste put on top of jianbings as something a bit peculiar that may not find a ready substitute at a Taiwan restaurant.

Oh well. At least I have more hope of getting this craving out of my system than I did with my main craving last pregnancy (Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Kreme donuts, RIP).

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

This I will definitely try. Thanks.

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

Former Beijing resident in the throes of a pregnancy craving...

I'm dying for a jianbing, the Beijing breakfast staple that over there is sold exclusively by street vendors with griddle-equipped carts. A freshly-grilled pancake topped with an egg or two, chili paste, bean sauce, cilantro, and these crispy crackers never seen in any other context, then all rolled up together and tucked in a paper towel. Has anyone ever spotted these in LA (read: SGV)?

Indescribable gratitude will follow an affirmative answer.

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Lox (cheap price)

I can't claim to truly know from salty belly lox, but it is true that I've seen something that calls itself "salmon bellies" in several Jon's deli cases. It's small, chunkier pieces (not slices) of a very salty, a little hard and (in my opinion) unappetizing salmon. And it sells for something like $5/lb. Could well be a cousin of the non-misnomer "lox," but I suspect it's a very different product than what you find in NYC.

Oct 11, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Lox (cheap price)

I used to live in West Hollywood and was consistently impressed by what was available in the way of cheap lox at the string of Russian groceries on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax and Fuller. A number of them have non-prepackaged lox (so homemade, perhaps?) in their deli cases, usually $12-14/lb. Arbat Deli just east of Fairfax was my favorite. Some days all they had were dry, oversalted pieces, but I'd say about 75% of the time it was moist, fresh, only faintly cured deliciousness. Better in my opinion than Jon's, which has a good but pricier selection of prepackaged lox in its fridge case but (in my experience) only bellies in the deli case.

If you're in the Valley, Odessa Grocery (across from Jon's at Magnolia and Laurel) also has some quality deli-case lox for under $15/lb.

Oct 11, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area