Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake – Vegetarian

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake is a dough based popular street food recipe. My vegetarian version of this recipe is made with vegetables and tofu. 

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

I can’t express my joy and excitement when I found a recipe starting with the letter X. Xian Bing is one of my best ever recipe, not just because it is something that starts with one of the hardest alphabets to find recipe with, but because my family loved it. My little one asked me if Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake, is an easy recipe to make. I replied that it was not too bad. Then he asked me if I could make it for his school lunch as he loves it a lot. You can imagine a mother’s excitement when your kid asks to make a dish for school lunch.

What is Xian Bing – 

So coming to the recipe, I accidentally came across this recipe when searching for a flatbread from China. I realized that I did not cover any Chinese recipe and wanted to make something from this cuisine. That is when this recipe for Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake came up and I was too excited. The Xian Bing is a popular street food which originated in the city of Xi’an. There are many kind of similar recipes there because of the large number of Chinese Muslims in the regions.


Even though the recipe says pancake, it is made with a dough stuffed with meat and cooked. I immediately started thinking of making it vegetarian and came up with this Vegetable and Tofu filled Xian Bing.

The Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake turned out to be amazingly flaky and the filling was the best ever yet. I made this a ‘No Onion No Garlic version as we are in the 2 week fasting period where we don’t consume onion or garlic. I absolutely felt no need for the onion or the garlic. It has a very basic seasoning and the flavor is all from the vegetables and the tofu.

Make sure you make either make the Ginger Soy dipping sauce or the Spicy peanut sauce for dipping.

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

My Other recipes in the A-Z International Flatbread Series –

A for Aish Baladi
B for Boulanee Katchalu
C for Chickpea Flatbread / Socca
D for Dhal Puri
E for Emirati Khameer 
F for Fruit Focaccia
G for Gozleme
H for Himbasha
I for Indian Fry Bread
J for Janta Roti
K for Ka’ak
L for Lepinja
M for Mahjouba
N for Norwegian Crisp Bread
O for Onion and Poppy Seed Pletzel
P for Pol Roti
Q for Qutab
R for Roomali Roti
S for Samoon
T for Taftan bread
U for Uyghur flatbread
V for Veechu Parotta
W for Whole Wheat Phulka

Preparation time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 45 minutes
Difficulty level – easy
Recipe adapted from – China Sichuan Food

Ingredients to make Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake – makes 12

For the outer covering –

  • All Purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Warm water – as needed to form a stiff dough

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

For the Tofu and Vegetable filling –

  • Extra firm or firm Tofu – 12 oz (chopped into very tiny pieces)
  • Cabbage – 2 cups
  • Carrot – 1 cup
  • Soy sauce – 3 to 4 TBSP
  • Chili paste – 1 TBSP (adjust based on your like)
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Corn starch – 2 tsp
  • Water – 3 TBSP
  • Oil – 2 TBSP + more to cook the pancakes

Procedure to make Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake –

To make the outer covering / dough –

  • Mix the flour and the salt together and add enough water to make a stiff dough.
  • Add the oil and knead the dough for about a minute.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for about 30 minutes

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

To make the Tofu and Vegetable filling –

  • Drain the tofu and wrap it couple of layers of paper towels and place some weight over it git rid of excess water. Now chop the tofu into very tiny pieces.
  • Heat a wide pan and add 2 TBSP oil. Add the tofu and fry it medium-high heat until it is golden brown.
  • Now add the chopped cabbage and carrot and let the vegetables cook until half way done.
  • Add the sauce and the chili sauce and mix well. Let it cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  • Mix the corn starch in water and add this to the tofu and vegetable mixture. This helps combine everything together.
  • Cook for a minute more and then turn off the flame and let the filling cool entirely before stuffing.

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

To shape and cook the Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake –

  • Pinch out tiny pieces from the dough. I got about 12 to 13 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and keep it aside.
  • Working with one piece at a time, dust it with enough flour and roll it into a very thin circle. I made about 5 inch wide circles from the dough balls. Make sure that the edges are rolled very thin so the Xian Bing is not very doughy.
  • Place about 2 heaping TBSP of filling in the center and start to seal the edges by bringing them together forming a pleat. It is somewhat like making the modak / kozhukattai.
  • Now flatten the pancake, so it is about 1/2 inch thick.

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan. I love my cast iron pan for this as I got a beautiful crust with it.
  • Add about 1 TBSP of oil and place the formed pancakes on the pan. Depending on the size of your pan, you can cook about 3 to 5 at a time.
  • Cook on both the sides until golden brown and then remove it on a plate.

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

 

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake
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Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake

Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake is a dough based popular street food recipe. My vegetarian version of this recipe is made with vegetables and tofu. 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Flatbread, Street Food
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword appetizer, Chinese pancake, flatbread, Street food, Stuffed flatbread, Tofu recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 pancakes

Ingredients

For the outer covering -

  • All Purpose flour - 2 cups
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Warm water - as needed to form a stiff dough

For the Tofu and Vegetable filling -

  • Extra firm or firm Tofu - 12 oz chopped into very tiny pieces
  • Cabbage - 2 cups
  • Carrot - 1 cup
  • Soy sauce - 3 to 4 TBSP
  • Chili paste - 1 TBSP adjust based on your like
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Corn starch - 2 tsp
  • Water - 3 TBSP
  • Oil - 2 TBSP + more to cook the pancakes

Instructions

To make the outer covering / dough -

  1. Mix the flour and the salt together and add enough water to make a stiff dough.
  2. Add the oil and knead the dough for about a minute.
  3. Cover the dough and let it rest for about 30 minutes

To make the Tofu and Vegetable filling -

  1. Drain the tofu and wrap it couple of layers of paper towels and place some weight over it git rid of excess water. Now chop the tofu into very tiny pieces.
  2. Heat a wide pan and add 2 TBSP oil. Add the tofu and fry it medium-high heat until it is golden brown.
  3. Now add the chopped cabbage and carrot and let the vegetables cook until half way done.
  4. Add the sauce and the chili sauce and mix well. Let it cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  5. Mix the corn starch in water and add this to the tofu and vegetable mixture. This helps combine everything together.
  6. Cook for a minute more and then turn off the flame and let the filling cool entirely before stuffing.

To shape and cook the Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake -

  1. Pinch out tiny pieces from the dough. I got about 12 to 13 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and keep it aside.
  2. Working with one piece at a time, dust it with enough flour and roll it into a very thin circle. I made about 5 inch wide circles from the dough balls. Make sure that the edges are rolled very thin so the Xian Bing is not very doughy.
  3. Place about 2 heaping TBSP of filling in the center and start to seal the edges by bringing them together forming a pleat. It is somewhat like making the modak / kozhukattai.
  4. Now flatten the pancake, so it is about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Heat a heavy bottom pan. I love my cast iron pan for this as I got a beautiful crust with it.
  6. Add about 1 TBSP of oil and place the formed pancakes on the pan. Depending on the size of your pan, you can cook about 3 to 5 at a time.
  7. Cook on both the sides until golden brown and then remove it on a plate.
  8. Serve warm with ginger soy dipping sauce or Spicy peanut sauce.

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9 thoughts on “Xian Bing | Chinese Stuffed Pancake – Vegetarian

  1. I can totally imagine your excitement….X is a tough one indeed. These chinese pancake reminds me of our momos…lovely idea for snacks and when the kids ask for it, you have truly cracked it!!

  2. X is definitely a hard alphabet to find a dish to fix with. Well done Sandhya, and those stuffed chinese pancakes looks absolutely incredible with my kind of stuffing. Cant ask more. Truly inviting me.

  3. Yes she can imagine the joy and excitement when you would have spotted something starting with X . This feeling only we BM ers can understand !

    The bread looks fantastic , a bit like momos , and how nice when the little boy appreciates , such a great feeling na .

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