Woman Opens Jian Bing Stand In America, Business is Good

Woman Opens Jian Bing Stand In America, Business is Good

Alisa Grandy, who first tried Jian Bing when she went to China last year, has brought the traditional snack food with her back to America. After returning home, she learned how to make them through videos online at the end of last year, and opened a Jian Bing stand in Portland with her husband and another friend. The Jian Bing have received a very positive response from customers, with many buying several at a time and “Bing mi”, the cleverly named stand, has a 5-star rating on Yelp. Netizens were astonished that the Jian Bing, which commonly sell for around 1 RMB in China were selling for $6 in America.

Source: Baozouribao

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  • bujiebuke

    The irony that an American has blatantly copied a Chinese idea is so strong that I need chelation therapy.

    • Xio Gen

      I don’t get it. Why is it ironic that a woman who loves Chinese food opens a buisiness that serves Chinese comfort food in America ironic?

      • bujiebuke

        My comment was mostly tongue and cheek, but I was speaking to the pervasive western attitude that Chinese copy the invention of others. Here you have a westerner that’s copying something very Chinese.

        Not sure why you didn’t get that…

        • moop

          you dont copy food, that’s ridiculous. you can copy a recipe but you can’t copy a food.

          • bujiebuke

            Yes, she copied the recipe. It’s not patented or trade marked, but it’s still copying. I find it funny that your splitting hairs here given your past complaints about people nitting at your comments.

          • moop

            where does it say she copied a recipe? she learned to make it online. that could mean she just learned the technique and adapted. after all, she supposedly spent a long time researching jianbings. probably took all she learned and adapted her own recipe. its not copying, adapting yes, copying no.

          • bujiebuke

            OK you win. High five yourself for me.

          • Vance

            Obviously a slow day on Chinasmack.

          • James

            where does it say china copied anything? it learned to make it online. that could mean it just learned the technique and adapted. after all, it supposedly spent a long time researching that thing. probably took all it learned and adapted its own recipe. its not copying, adapting yes, copying no.

          • Jahar

            apples and oranges. If a Chinese guy makes a hamburger, no one says he’s copying anyone.

          • James

            You don’t copy an invention, that’s ridiculous. You can copy how it’s made but you can’t copy an invention.

  • mr.wiener

    I saw shops with Ji pai in Australia when I went home in April….doing well by all accounts.

    • Edward Kay

      haha.. you have the chinese word for it? where I come from it means cunt, also in Chinese.

      • mr.wiener

        I’d better be careful what I order in the shops if I come over to China then, particularly if I want it spicy!
        Basically it is a whole chicken breast that has been filleted, dredged in sweet potato flour then breaded or battered and deep fried…Great for the end of a night on the booze.

        • Edward Kay

          Ji/Chee Phar, chicken chop most likely. Or add the word Rou(meat) in between to be safe.

      • hess

        鸡排…. Exactly like wiener spelled it

        • Edward Kay

          as in 排骨. Got it, thanks. Still, it’ll be fun if he orders a sweet & sour version.

      • Sad Clown

        I know which word you meant hah, but that isn’t in Mandarin Chinese–it’s in Hokkien (Min Nan), a Chinese dialect mutually unintelligible with Mandarin.

  • oldtaku

    The $6 ones are made with non-expired meat, the fillings haven’t been cooked in fluids ladled out the gutter, and the hot soy milk probably doesn’t have melamine in it.

    Okay, lots of good jian bing in China, but you definitely take your chances.

    • Necrogodomega

      This it exactly true and why it’s worth the money. Most of these kinds of Chinese foods are good, it’s just that given the way Chinese seem to prepare them today with so much dangerous stuff…it really takes balls to buy it.

  • DD Bear!

    i like to eat this one when in shanghai, the first time i tried this was in beijing.
    but i dislike the fried pieces inside, so i only put egg and sausage inside.

    • FYIADragoon

      The Shanghai ones are kind of crap compared to Beijing’s though…

      • DD Bear!

        its true. the first i ate this, i was so suprised. it’s so yummy. normally i dislike to eat dry food or made by wheat flour.

  • Luke the Duke

    ‘Jianbing, which commonly sell for arund 1RMB in China’…

    lolwat? Costs a minimum of 5 where I live.

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