Friday, February 20, 2009

Warm Henan Toasted Pancakes - PH

PhotoHunt theme : warm


On a cold morning in Henan, I was on my way to meet a client when this made me stop. The smell of the famous Henan toasted pancakes coming from this shop was making my stomach growled.

As I stood in front of his tiny shop watching him work, the boss took a toasted pancake from his improvised oven and offered it to me.

"Ouch. It's piping hot!"

He laughed and asked if I preferred a warm one from a box of pancakes besides him. I declined because a hot crispy pancake would warm me up faster on such a cold morning!


The slightly charred pancake, the size of a saucer, has spring onions and sesame sprinkled on it. It tasted like our prata, but more savoury.

It's cheap, costing one renminbi (17 Singapore cents) each.








73 comments:

  1. I want to eat!! (Im the 1st! commenter?) Must go buy 4d today. LOL

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  2. Wah!! First commentator! Lucky LEon!
    haha.... go buy 4D and hope you strike ah!

    This Henan toasted pancake is not sold in Singapore. :(

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  3. Sounds yummy. Looks thick and full of filling.

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  4. whew! so yummy yet so hottie to prepare, isn't it?!??!

    *gagay is mouth watering now*

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  5. Lina,
    There's no filling, only a sprinkling of chopped spring onions and sesame.
    Yummy.

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  6. gagay,
    Yes, yummy and it's very hot when it's just out of the oven.

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  7. I wanna try this one when I get to travel there :D

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  8. Enchie,
    It is a famous snack in Henan, China. Cheap and tasty. You can have it at any time of the day with a cup of soy bean milk or coffee.

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  9. LEon,
    I'm searching for this snack in Singapore because we have many Chinese workers working here.

    There should be someone who can make this snack.

    There are lots of yummy Chinese snacks that would be saleable here!

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  10. Thanks ECL for sharing with us this great food!

    This brought to my mind the hum jin pang at Maxwell food centre: 6 for $1 only!

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  11. sgshortstories,
    Oh yes! It's been a long time since I ate hum jin peng. But the weather is too hot to eat them, can fall sick easily. :P

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  12. In winter these snacks do come in handy. Aside from filling up our tummy, can buy 2 extras to put inside the pockets..warming our hands!! :P

    Enjoy the weekend!

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  13. napaboaniya,
    haha... yes. During winter, you can see there are more carts selling piping hot food to passers-by.

    My favourite is the steaming hot sweet potatoes.

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  14. Hmm... I shall go for Roti Prata later for dinner... I could not resist some warm bread with warmly heated up curry chicken in thick gravy now. Hell with the humid weather here! The crave for Indian cuisine overpowered the suffering from such a heat here.. Haha.

    http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

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  15. Criz,
    You are so brave to go for Indian curry and prata despite the hot weather. Just drink lots of water.

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  16. This looks like it would be scrumptious. Do you have a recipe?

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  17. Wow, I'm thinking this might make good business if sold locally!

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  18. Wah. what a big wok.. and the pancake is so thick.. looks so yummy ECL!!

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  19. That's cheap. Ah...all I want now is a break from work.

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  20. Hi ECL,

    OOOhh those look absolutely delish :) I am making pancakes for breakfast this weekend hehehe :) Missed yah over at your site, been busy again huhuhuh :) but couldnt let the week pass without dropping by to wish yah a happy weekend :)

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  21. Wow, it sounds good. I've never had a pancake like this before. I'd love to try one too.

    Have a terrific weekend. :)

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  22. I would love to try those lovely warm pancakes!!
    Happy weekend, ECL!!!!!

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  23. i'm only familiar with the "american" pancakes... your story sounds great! i bet the pancakes taste even better =] happy weekend!

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  24. hmmm...that is warm delicious :D

    My entry for PH this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

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  25. I would love to try one too! :-) Have a great weekend ECL...

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  26. Warm, and yummy too I bet :)

    My Photo Hunt entry is here

    Please stop by if you've got a moment! :)

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  27. Great shot for photohunt's theme... Have a enjoyable weekend!

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  28. Excellent take on the theme and I would love to try one of those warm pancakes!

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  29. Sounds like a nice breakfast! Hot breads and pastries are always yummy! :)

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  30. Wow - what a great post for this week! :)

    http://lesliesmyers.blogspot.com/2009/02/photohunt-warm-hot-christmas-day.html

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  31. Looking at that mountain of ingredients beside him sitting in a Wok I am sure that he is going to make more pancakes in a day then I have made in my life...mmmmm I think I may want pancakes tomorrow!

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  32. Sounds and looks delicious - I think pancakes won't ever taste the same after this!

    However, looking on the comment above (my wife!), I might be lucky tomorrow :-)

    Btw: Why don't you hop over and support me fighting for woman's rights!

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  33. I'm sure these are really good, everything in Singapore is good. Nice interpretation to the theme.

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  34. That warm bread looks very inviting.. Good Post!

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  35. Wow, sounds inviting! Nice take. have a great weekend!

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  36. Those look delicious! I wish we had stuff like that on the street here.

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  37. Oh that is a unique thing to do of that pancake. happy weekend....TC

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  38. Ewwwww....looks yummy. I read some where today at one of our friends that we have in common that you were eating pancakes!!

    Wow now here they are. Wonderful as always. I hope you get time to drop by and see our new little Jonah!!

    http://shinade.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-love-my-thumb.html

    Happy hunting, weekend and hugs too!!:-)

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  39. Hoot! I'm gonna look for those when I visit! Happy weekend!

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  40. That looks interesting.Is it only available in that place?

    Hubby is going to China in a few weeks I think... I'll ask him to find me some if he has time.

    - hey let's have our laksa/nonya dress shopping date when hubby is on a trip? when are u mostly free.

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  41. Those sound yummy! And darn good price. Great photos too.

    Wanted to ask you what that site was, where you can "damn someone to hell". Wasn't it you that posted it a while back? Was telling someone about it, but couldn't remember what the addy was. Please let me know when you visit my post. Thanks, Cindy
    Will try to add you to my facebook too. Love reading your blog.

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  42. that looks yummy! im hungry now can i have some :)

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  43. The way you describe it makes me hungry too! haha! Wonder how it taste like! : )

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  44. Sounds deicious and WARM. Tasty choice for our theme this week!

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  45. First time I've heard of it and it sounds yummy.

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  46. Wow that looks amazing! I'd love to try one! Thanks for visiting my hunt today

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  47. Oh, I've just eaten but still my stomach growls! That looks and sounds delicious.

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  48. I bet that was delicious. Great shots for the theme.

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  49. Please send me a douzen of these warm delicatesses;))

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  50. And we did have pancakes as promised for breakfast!!

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  51. Oh my gosh, that looks so yummy for the tummy!

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  52. Toasted pancakes????!!!

    I'm on my way, save me some...

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  53. I've never really had a savory pancake before ... interesting!
    It's good that it isn't too expensive - that helps!

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  54. I really like pancakes with fresh fruit on them.
    I did photo hunt this week but it been a while.

    Coffee is on.

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  55. Wa! So nice and cheap! I want some.... ;p

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  56. That improvised oven is very interesting. A tasty and cheap snack is good to have around.

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  57. Pancakes with sprinkling of spring onions and sesame sounds yum, and less sticky than with Maple syrup. Neat oven.

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  58. oh my name is not leon and I am not the first commentor so i am not lucky so i must not go and buy lottery today :)

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  59. Hi ECL, this is very the cheap yes? Now this I don mind trying, not the froggy legs though he he he he he! ;)

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