If the first thing you put in your mouth every morning was a jianbing from Me + Crepe, you’d be one happy camper skipping into work each day.
If you’re unfamiliar with this savoury breakfast dish, there are few important things to note before sinking your teeth into this international-loved morsel, otherwise known as a Chinese crepe.
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- First off, it’s a traditional morning dish that originated in Northern China thousands of years ago.
- It’s now made in a variety ways depending on the region in China, and it’s also one of, if not the most popular Asian street foods (seriously, the stands always have gnarly lines).
- It’s insanely delicious, and there’s a reason this culinary delight has made it big outside of China’s borders.
Jerry You knows all three of these points to be true. He was born in the Chinese province of Shandong and raised in Beijing where jianbings are extremely in-demand, so when he moved to Vancouver, it was only natural for him to open an eatery that specialized in this dish – enter Me + Crepe, which he opened in Richmond in 2016.
Now, You has opened Me + Crepe’s in Burnaby and Downtown Vancouver, and with another location opening in City Square Shopping Centre this fall, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to indulge in these breakfast bings if you’re in Metro Van.
Jianbings are traditionally crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and made from dough spread into a thin crepe-sized pancake with a wooden paddle. A few eggs are cracked onto the crepe mid-cook and spread around the entire thing before being sprinkled with seasoning or green onions.
These suckers are then folded several times before being handed over-the-counter to the hungry patron waiting to devour the epic-ness that is a jianbing for breakfast or lunch.
Similiar to a savoury crepe, jianbings can be stuffed fillings including meat, veggies, eggs, and spices. At Me + Crepe you can opt for some pretty drool-worthy varieties that vary from cheap to pricy (great for those treat yo’ self days):
Origin (egg, Chinese donut/fried strip of dough, soybean paste) $4.95
H.Greenery (ham, lettuce) $7.95
Golden Tuna (tuna, corn salad, mayo) $8.95
Souryuu (Japanese-style mayo, beef sausage) $8.95
Fricassee Rib (herb-braised pork rib, soybean sauce) $8.95
New Beef (special made beef, cheese) $9.95
Peking Duck (sliced duck, cucumber, green onion, soybean paste) $12.95
Spicy Lobster (deep-fried lobster tail, lotus root, house-made spicy sauce) $29.95
Foie Gras (fried duck liver, special sauce) $39.95
Crepe add-ons include egg, cheese, lettuce, ham, luncheon meat, sausage, beef, tuna salad, pork ribs, peking duck, spicy strip, and konjac, and sides include tofu and eggs.
Me + Crepe has some pretty great hours, all three locations are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, and on weekends Richmond and Burnaby operate 9 am to 3 pm, while the West Pender Street store is 10 am to 3 pm.
This spot’s hours are killer for those times when you just want a stellar bing.
Address: 128-8531 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Address: 27-4429 Kingsway, Burnaby
Address: 589 W Pender Street, Vancouver