大約二十五年前，我住在台灣… Sorry. Let me try that in English. Cyndi doesn’t let me author many of the recipe posts on this blog. She wisely keeps me corralled in Dr. J’s Corner. However, since I was the driving force behind this recipe, I’m going to give you a little of the background:
About 25 years ago I lived in Taiwan for a couple of years (I was on an LDS mission).
We didn’t eat at fancy restaurants, and there wasn’t any fast food in the southern half of Taiwan where I was. also, we weren’t very good cooks. So I ate a lot of street food, Night Market food, and self-serve diner food (自助餐). I loved the food – especially the 餃子 (dumplings) and the 牛肉面 (beef noodles). But my ultimate favorite was breakfast. I still miss Taiwan breakfasts. We would go to a little cart, or a tent, or a stand on the side of the road, and get 肉包 (steamed buns stuffed with meat – we didn’t really do the vegetable ones) , 燒餅, 油条, and of course my ultimate favorite, dan bing (蛋餅), all served with a big bowl of hot 豆漿 (soybean milk) that was ladled out of a giant pot by a little old Taiwanese person. By the way, that soybean milk seemed a lot better than the “soymilk” you find all around these days. That will be a recipe for another day, I think.
I went back for a conference when I was a professor at Georgia Tech, and of course immediately went out to the street to get breakfast. One of the other conference attendees told me I shouldn’t – that I’d get “brain worms.” Well, I avoided the brain worms, but what happened was almost worse. The man with the cart gave me soymilk in a little sealed plastic cup!!! I would almost have preferred the brain worms – I really missed the old days with the old person and the giant pot of soybean milk.
…but the Dan Bing was the same. The greatest breakfast food known to mankind – and I say that knowing my Southern neighbors will rise up in defense of biscuits and gravy (which is also delicious, by the way …and perhaps a post for another day).
I hadn’t heard it called egg crepe until recently, and I’ve never managed to find it here in the US. But Cyndi has figured out how to make a quick and easy approximation using tortillas, and it is DELICIOUS!