A MOVEABLE FEAST
This snack is neither big nor clever. Part of the extended bing clan - a tribe I've become increasingly familiar with over the years - this snack, imported from Taiwan, is less of a bing and more of a bacon and egg sandwich on crack. It's Chinese name, Shou Zhua Bing, roughly translates as ‘hand-grabbed pancake’ (or something similar) which I suppose refers to the way that chef (or rather, the street vendor) grabs, pulls and smashes the fried pancake with metal spatula before adding the fried filling and various condiments that constitute a Shou Zhua Bing. You can find Shou Zhua Bing vendors in almost any Chinese city you'd care to mention and, with a range of toppings to choose from - ranging from bacon to chicken and from pork fluff to fried eggs - these bad boys are perfect at any time of the day, going down a treat during your morning commute to work and perfect for soaking up the booze after a heavy night on the tiles.You can order this crispy-wonder spicy (la de) or not spicy (bu la de) and pimp it up to your heart's content with whatever condiments and powders the particular vendor has on hand. It's basically a sinful ball of greasy-crispy awesomeness that I'm sure even fat Elvis would have approved of. Back in England, bacon and egg sandwiches were my must-have weekend breakfast of choice and, since I've been in China, these shawarma-style street bombs have taken their place as they tick all the right boxes - eggs, bacon, and bread stuffed with ketchup - but also add their own twist to the table - spiciness and cheapness. It's also fairly entertaining watching the vendors manically grab the pancake with their tongs, as they really get stuck in the process and most have their own special technique to achieve the perfectly crisped pancake. Dependable, cheap, tasty as hell and widely available, the Shou Zhua Bing is your go-to-guy when you just want something quick and easy without skimping on the yumfactor.