Bing is a wheat flour
-based Chinese food with a flattened or disk-like shape, similar to the French concept of a galette. These foods may resemble the flatbreads, pancakes, unleavened dough foods of non-Chinese and western cuisines. Many of them are similar to the Indian roti, French crepes, or Mexican tortilla, while others are more similar to Western cakes and cookies.
The term is Chinese, but may also refer to flatbreads or cakes of other cultures. The crêpe and the pizza, for instance, are referred to as keli bing and bisa bing respectively, based on the sound of their Western names, and the flour tortilla is known as Mexican thin bing based on its country of origin.
Bings are usually a casual food and generally eaten for lunch, but they can also be incorporated into formal meals. Both Peking duck and moo shu pork are rolled up in thin wheat flour bao bing with scallions
and sweet bean sauce or hoisin sauce
. Bing may also have a filling such as ground meat. Bing are commonly cooked on a skillet or griddle although some are baked.
Some common types include:
Cong you bing, Fa mian bing, Laobing, Shaobing, Jian bing, and a popular breakfast streetfood in China.
Bó bing refers to a thin circular crepe-like wrapper or "skin" wrapping various fillings. This is sometimes called "Mandarin pancake" or "moo shu pancake" in American Chinese food contexts.
Luóbo si bing is a type of panfried bing consisting of a wheat dough skin filled with shredded radish
Rou jia bing, also called rou jia mo refers to a bing that is sliced open and filled with meat, typically stewed pork
meat. Some variants, such as niu rou jia bing use sesame
bread and are filled with beef meat and pickled carrots
and daikon, similar to a banh mi.
The Yuèbing which sharing the name bing, is really a baked sweet pastry usually produced and eaten at the mid-autumn festival. Some other dessert bings are "Wife" cake which contains winter melon
, and the sweetened version of 1000 layer cake which contains tianmianjiang, sugar
, and five spice
Bings are also eaten in Korean culture, the most common being Jeon which often contain seafood.