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Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe (Taiwanese 蚕餅)

Whether you’re hungry for a piping hot breakfast or midday snack, this Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe recipe is here to satisfy. Crispy on the outside – soft and chewy on the inside – and bursting with savoury deliciousness, you won’t believe just how easy it is to make your own Taiwanese breakfast crepe.

Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe Recipe - Crispy on the outside, and pillowy egg, tuna and cheese goodness on the inside. Whip these up in minutes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. | wandercooks.com

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Taiwan was such a surprising country, and we fell in love with it way, WAY more than we ever expected.

If you’ve never been there, or never thought of adding it to your holiday plans, you should probably go rectify that.

Like, right now. 😛

We touched down in the Taiwanese Capital City of Taipei with pretty much ZERO ideas of what to expect from this tiny country, its local people, or their culture.

Oh boy, Taiwan was a shock to the system – in the most awesome way possible.

Our first impression though… where the heck is everyone?

Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe Recipe - Crispy on the outside, and pillowy egg, tuna and cheese goodness on the inside. Whip these up in minutes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. | wandercooks.com

 

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Turns out we’d timed it perfectly to be there during Chinese New Year. Which, of course, meant that almost everyone had skipped town to visit their families.

The streets appeared empty. Shops and restaurants were closed, and there wasn’t a soul to be seen on the streets… until we ventured into laneways and alleyways, and stumbled across foodie gold.

One such find was a little local stall tucked beneath a residential apartment building around the corner from our accommodation.

Popping open at 8.00am each morning, it would disappear behind a nondescript roller shutter around midday.

One morning we spied the assembly line of husband, wife and son working together at a massive grill, churning out piping hot burgers and Dan Bing (tuna egg crepes) to lines of hungry locals.

Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe Recipe - Crispy on the outside, and pillowy egg, tuna and cheese goodness on the inside. Whip these up in minutes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. | wandercooks.com

The enticing aromas emanating from that grill… Oh my god. One whiff had us stopping us in our tracks and wandering in for a closer look.

Suddenly, the lines cleared and it was our turn to order.

Despite not speaking a word of the local language, we managed to point and mime and eventually communicate, ‘we’ll have what they’re having.”

Success!

Taiwanese Pork & Egg Breakfast Burger + Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe + (massive) Chinese Coffee INBOUND.

We took a seat inside the tiny restaurant beside other neighbours already tucking into their food, and no doubt fooled no one by casually attempting to read the local paper.

Next minute there was a tap on my shoulder.

Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe Recipe - Crispy on the outside, and pillowy egg, tuna and cheese goodness on the inside. Whip these up in minutes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. | wandercooks.com

Turning around, I saw Mr Husband gesturing to his massive coffee kettle and offering us a refill. After filling our cup to the brim he gestured repeatedly towards the grill, along with a rapid-fire stream of Taiwanese that went straight over our heads.

Drawing us over to the grill, he pointed up to his signboard (where not a stroke of English could be seen to give us an inkling of what he wanted).

Looking at each other, I knew the same thoughts were whizzing through both our minds.

What is he saying? What do we do? Eeeeep.

Whack!

Saved by Mrs Wife, who gave Mr Husband a good slap and yelled out something that could only mean, ‘They don’t speak Taiwanese!’

She held up her sauce bottles and everything became clear. 😛

We nodded our heads enthusiastically, and with a deft hand Mrs Wife slathered our Dan Bing with a tangy sauce blend that we later realised was a mix of soy and sweet chilli.

We grabbed our plates, returned to our seats, and launched into that tuna egg crepe like there was no tomorrow.

How much did our breakfast feast come to, you ask?

All up the dan bing tuna egg crepe, pork and egg breakfast burger and coffee set us back just under $2 Australian – ridiculously cheap for two people to stuff themselves silly eat their fill for breakfast!

 

Everything You Need To Make Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe (Taiwanese 蚕餅)

This recipe is super easy – all you need to make your own dan bing tuna egg crepe is a handful of ingredients that you can easily find at your local supermarket:

  • Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Green onions or scallions
  • Plain flour
  • Cornflour / cornstarch  – this gives your crepes that crispy crunch.
  • Sesame oil for cooking – sesame oil gives your crepes that extra delicious flavour zing, but you can easily substitute with vegetable oil if you don’t have sesame oil on hand.

The sauce is a simple blend of equal parts sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce, which is so delicious I can’t believe we’ve never thought to mix the two before!

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Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe (Taiwanese 蚕餅)
 
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Whether you’re hungry for a piping hot breakfast or midday snack, this Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe recipe is here to satisfy. Crispy on the outside - soft and chewy on the inside - and bursting with savoury deliciousness, you won’t believe just how easy it is to make your own Taiwanese breakfast crepe.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or cornflour
  • ½ cup grated tasty cheese
  • ¾ cup water
  • 100 g canned tuna, flaked
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2 green onions or scallions, finely sliced
  • Sesame oil, for cooking
For the sauce
Instructions
  1. Alrighty, let's quickly start with the sauce. Pop your soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl, then give them a good stir. Set aside.
  2. Now place your plain flour, cornstarch and salt into a large mixing bowl and add the water. Whisk until the batter has a nicely runny consistency with no lumps.
  3. In a separate small pouring jug or bowl, whisk 1 egg then add a ⅓ each of the green onions, tuna and cheese and mix well. Pop aside.
  4. Now heat the sesame oil in a small to medium frypan. Pour in a small amount of batter and quickly swirl until it reaches the edges. Cook for 1 minute until the crepe starts to cook, then top with the egg mixture and spread across the top of the crepe in a thin layer. Try to avoid the edges if you can.
  5. Cook until the egg just starts to set, then slide the spatula around the edges to loosen the crepe and flip it over. Continue cooking for another 30 seconds before flipping it back. Now you can fold in two edges to create a yummy tuna and egg crepe roll.
  6. Remove from the pan, then repeat for your remaining crepes.
  7. To serve, transfer your freshly cooked and rolled crepes to serving plates, slice into 2-3cm strips and drizzle with your blended soy and sweet chilli sauce. Enjoy!

 

Dan Bing Tuna Egg Crepe Recipe - Crispy on the outside, and pillowy egg, tuna and cheese goodness on the inside. Whip these up in minutes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. | wandercooks.com

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  • Dahn
    11/04/2017 at 4:10 am

    This looks so delicious. I would love to go to Taiwan and I know I would love the food. What a great meal for $2 and it sounds like a fun experience.

    • Wandercooks
      11/04/2017 at 10:00 am

      Oh you should definitely go there one day and just spend a whole day discovering all the delicious street food you can eat. We’d go back to Taiwan in a heartbeat!

  • Chef Mireille
    11/04/2017 at 3:30 am

    I love eating like a local when I travel. I always seek out the street food stalls with the longest lines, especially in Asia. You discover such great little gems that are never in the hotels or the western geared restaurants

    • Wandercooks
      11/04/2017 at 9:59 am

      Yessss! 1000x this! Most of the time it pays off with a whole new flavour or ingredient discovery. All it takes is courage and a smile – and even if you can’t speak the language, most people are happy to help. 😀

  • Steph @ Steph in Thyme
    11/04/2017 at 1:30 am

    YUM! This makes me miss living in the Far East so much! It was nice to live vicariously through you reading this post.

    • Wandercooks
      11/04/2017 at 9:57 am

      Oh so jealous, where did you live and for how long? Aww glad you enjoyed our post Steph. 🙂

  • The Food Hunter
    11/04/2017 at 12:55 am

    I’ve never heard of this but it sure looks delicious

    • Wandercooks
      11/04/2017 at 9:55 am

      Haha, pretty sure exact that thought went through our heads when we first found it in Taiwan. 😀 Love discovering new edible adventures!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    10/04/2017 at 7:48 pm

    Well that sounds like a super fun recipe!

    • Wandercooks
      11/04/2017 at 9:49 am

      Almost as fun as eating it… almost. 😛

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    10/04/2017 at 6:27 pm

    Those look really good. What is tasty cheese though? Do you just mean any type of cheese we think is tasty?!

    • Wandercooks
      11/04/2017 at 9:46 am

      Oh haha you’ve just made me realise Michelle! Tasty cheese is a type of cheese available in Australia which is actually the same thing as matured or semi-matured cheddar. But I do think it’s very tasty too hahah. 😀

  • Chris Waghorn
    29/03/2017 at 10:41 am

    Yum! Yum! Yum! This looks so delicious. I’m going to have to try this very soon!

    • Wandercooks
      30/03/2017 at 11:20 am

      High-fives to that Chris! 😀

  • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
    25/03/2017 at 12:33 am

    You’re so much braver than me! When I go to exotic destinations, I’m always really anxious about going into places like this! But it looks like your bravery paid off. I’ve got to try this – although I’ll get to do it from the comfort of my home, thanks to your recipe! 😀

    • Wandercooks
      27/03/2017 at 10:38 am

      Aww thanks Nicola, please do give it a go, we’d love to hear what you think. As for adventuring, in times like these a smile or two goes a long way! We found most people to be amazingly kind wherever we went, even more so when we stayed out of the tourist zones with local people in residential areas. Obviously it’s always best to use common sense and be aware of your surroundings, while at the same time being open to new experiences and connections. Happy travels! 🙂

  • lindsay
    24/03/2017 at 11:23 pm

    Is this the same as an asian omelet? It’s been on my list to make! gah… looks amazing!!!

    • Wandercooks
      27/03/2017 at 10:33 am

      I guess you could say it’s kind of similar, but the flour-based crepe gives it a softer, chewier texture than an omelette made with plain eggs.

  • Pretty
    24/03/2017 at 9:35 pm

    Love the sound of these crepes and the name is so cool! Any crepe recipe with cheese is a winner in my book!

    • Wandercooks
      27/03/2017 at 10:31 am

      High five to that! 😀

  • sarah
    24/03/2017 at 9:24 pm

    So many familiar flavors but such a new recipe to try! I’m completely intrigued by this one, guys! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Wandercooks
      27/03/2017 at 10:31 am

      Cheers Sarah, would love to hear what you think if you try it! 🙂

  • Brian Jones
    24/03/2017 at 4:38 pm

    What a great simple recipe and that sauce sounds truly delightful and will work on so many things!

    • Wandercooks
      27/03/2017 at 10:30 am

      Haha yep nailed it Brian, we’ve used that sauce on so many different things since we discovered it. (Dumplings + this sauce = a match made in heaven!)

  • Luci's Morsels
    24/03/2017 at 3:07 pm

    Another delicious recipe from a fun blog! The texture of this recipe looks amazing and I am kind of wishing I had this right now. This recipe seems simple enough to make on a week night and I love that there are not too many ingredients in it as well. Yummy!

    • Wandercooks
      27/03/2017 at 10:29 am

      Aww thanks Luci, so glad you enjoy our blog! 🙂 Yep, this is a super little recipe to have up your sleeve after a busy day, since it’s quick, easy, and delish!

  • Kristy @ Southern In Law
    25/03/2016 at 6:27 am

    This looks SO delicious – and so simple to make too! Yum! xo

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Kristy! Yes, anything that doesn’t take much time but tastes delicious is a winner in our books 😀

  • Martin @ The Why Chef
    24/03/2016 at 11:38 pm

    We’ve got a bank holiday tomorrow so I’ve just booked this in for breakfast! We always have a massive egg craving for breakfast/brunch/lunch on our days off, so couldn’t have timed this recipe any better 😀 Have you had Thai pork omelette, where pork mince is cooked into it? Not quite a breakfast, but another one of our favourites!

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 9:34 am

      Oh god yes, totally trying that next time! That’s great timing about the extra day off too – we’ve got a four day weekend over here for Easter. Yesss! 😛 Anyway, eggs are the best on the weekend aren’t they? It’s so nice to have the time and enjoy a lazy breakfast with a good hot cup of coffee!

      • Martin @ The Why Chef
        26/03/2016 at 1:29 am

        This was gorgeous btw! And the sweet chilli soy mix is totally a keeper!

        • Wandercooks
          29/03/2016 at 9:05 am

          Excellent! Glad you guys enjoyed! Yep that sauce is definitely a keeper. It’s so simple yet so delicious, the perfect flavour mix for the crepes. 😀

  • Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    24/03/2016 at 5:49 pm

    Oh my, this looks heavenly!! Thank you for the recipe, can’t wait to try it!

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 9:29 am

      No problemo Sam, hope you enjoy!

  • Valentina
    24/03/2016 at 4:24 pm

    I love the sound of this! Just curious . . . what “tasty cheese” did you use when you made it? I’m inspired!

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 9:28 am

      Awesome to hear! In Australia we can buy a variety of cheese called ‘Tasty Cheese’ (a very original name haha). Pretty sure it’s basically cheddar, but it’s a good all-purpose cheese you can add to pretty much anything. 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    24/03/2016 at 3:49 pm

    Gosh these sound fantastic, and what a story about how you discovered them! Superb! I need to try this!

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 9:27 am

      Yes, yes you do! Haha hope you enjoy, and let us know how you go 🙂

  • Sandra - The Foodie Affair
    24/03/2016 at 3:47 pm

    I love the simple ingredients in this crepe! I would have never thought of adding tuna, and that’s such a tasty and filling protein to use! Lovely dish!

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Sandra, yep tuna is awesome for two reasons: It’s delicious, and it’s super easy haha. Open can and enjoy! 😛

  • Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    24/03/2016 at 2:08 pm

    Crepes are my favorite. I love that you added tuna. The taste must be incredible. Pinning!

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 9:24 am

      It’s crazy how ridiculously easy they are to make at home – why had we never made these before?? The Tuna & Egg combo is delish with a sprinkling of cheese, but we cooked it again with baby spinach yesterday and it was awesome. Bring on more crepe-y experiments in the kitchen!

  • AiPing | Curious Nut
    24/03/2016 at 11:18 am

    Dan Bing.. oh my love. We shall meet again in one week. 🙂

    • Wandercooks
      24/03/2016 at 11:36 am

      Ohhhh how exciting! That’s so soon. Please eat up a storm for us! Was so fun yesterday, made them for lunch AND dinner haha. Do you put anything in particular on yours? Or just plain egg?

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