Dan Dan Beef Jianbing

Jianbing is one of China’s most loved street snacks! The crepe-like pancake is typically made from mung bean flour and packed full of delicious savoury fillings as well as a crispy wonton wrapper. To celebrate this current foodie craze, I have teamed up with Australian Beef to bring you a version of this delicacy that combines spicy, peanutty, aromatic mince with a crisp egg pancake - recipe below.

 
 
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Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Dan Dan beef mix
400g beef mince
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp shaoxing wine
2 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp five spice powder

Filling
Vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
4 cos lettuce leaves
4 tbsp peanuts, roasted and chopped

Spicy Peanut Sauce
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 clove garlic, minced

Jianbing batter
1/3 cup millet flour (or fine cornmeal)
1/3 cup white flour
1 tsp corn starch
3/4 cup water

Method

  1. Place all jianbing batter ingredients, plus 1/2 tsp of salt into a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

  2. In a wok, heat vegetable oil over medium heat and brown the beef. Add hoisin, shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce and five-spice powder. Cook until all the liquid is evaporated. Set aside.

  3. Place all spicy peanut sauce ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.

  4. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and brush with vegetable oil. When the oil begins to shimmer, pour in 1/4 of the jianbing batter. Working quickly, swirl the pan to spread the batter as thinly as possible and cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour 1/4 of the beaten egg mix over the crepe, spread quickly and evenly with a spatula, sprinkle with a little spring onion and cook 1-2 minutes until egg is set.

  5. Flip the crepe and spread the top side with a generous spoonful of the spicy peanut sauce. Place a cos lettuce leaf in the centre and top with dan dan beef mix, cucumber slices, and roast peanuts.

  6. Fold in half twice and serve immediately. Repeat with remaining ingredients.