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Dan Bing Recipe – Taiwanese Egg Pancakes (蛋餅)

23/03/2017 (Last Updated: 19/09/2019)

Bursting with flavour, this Dan Bing Recipe with tuna and egg makes the perfect savoury breakfast crepe or quick snack. A light batter made with cornflour (cornstarch) ensures these Taiwanese egg pancakes are crispy and fluffy, yet light and totally delicious!

Slices of tuna and egg dan bing crepe on a plate, drizzled with soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • This Dan Bing recipe makes delicious savoury pancakes with the perfect blend of crispy outside + soft and chewy inside. 
  • These rolled Taiwanese pancakes are super easy to whip up – you can prep and cook them in around 10 minutes with simple and inexpensive ingredients (that you probably already have at home).
  • Slice and slather with sauce, or eat them by hand straight out of the pan. Just like a quick and easy no-fuss breakfast burrito or tasty snack on the go!

A person holding a freshly cooked dan bing crepe, ready to eat.

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Taking a slice of Taiwanese egg crepe from a plate.

What is Dan Bing?

Dan Bing literally translates as “egg” and “cake”. These traditional Taiwanese egg pancakes are the ULTIMATE street food breakfast. In Taiwan you’ll find them at cafes and breakfast joints sprinkled across the cities, or more often from busy street vendors serving long lines of hungry customers.

They’re designed to be cooked and eaten FAST, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be whipping them up in no time!

A Taiwanese dan bing crepe on a plate next to small bowls of sauce and slices of green onion.

What You Need To Make Taiwanese Egg Pancakes (Dan Bing 蛋餅)

This recipe is super easy – all you need to make your own dan bing are a handful of ingredients that you can easily find at your local supermarket (or ready to go in your pantry!):

  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Tuna
  • Green onions – also known as spring onions or scallions
  • Plain flour
  • Cornflour / cornstarch – this gives your pancakes that subtle crispy crunch
  • Sesame oil for cooking – for an extra delicious flavour zing

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!

 

How to Make Dan Bing at Home

For the Sauce:

  • Pop your soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl, then give them a good stir and set aside.

For the Pancake Batter:

  • Place plain flour, cornstarch/cornflour and salt into a large mixing bowl and add the water. Whisk until the batter has a nice runny consistency with no lumps.

Taiwanese crepe batter in a mixing bowl with a whisk.

  • In a separate small bowl or pouring jug whisk 1 egg with 1/3 each of the green onions, tuna and cheese and mix well. Pop aside.
  • 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 pancakes starts to cook, then top with the egg mixture and spread across the top in a thin layer. Avoid the edges if you can.

Cooking the crepe batter in a pan, covered with the tuna, egg and cheese mix.

  • Continue cooking until the egg just starts to set, then slide the spatula around the edges to loosen the pancake 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 rolled pancake!

Slices of tuna and egg dan bing crepe in a frypan, drizzled with soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce.

  • Remove from the pan, then repeat for your remaining pancakes.
  • To serve, transfer your freshly cooked and rolled pancakes to serving plates, slice into 2-3cm strips and drizzle with your blended soy and sweet chilli sauce. Alternatively, you can serve them whole and wrapped in a piece of paper.
  • Enjoy!

Tips

  • The consistency of your homemade crepe batter may vary until you get the hang of it. For the tastiest, crispiest pancake, aim for a super runny batter with no lumps. 
  • When pouring your egg mixture onto the pancake, try avoiding the edges if you can. 

FAQs

How do you make the perfect dan bing batter?

After lots of experimenting, we found the simple blend of plain flour, cornflour (cornstarch) and water in the recipe below makes the perfect batter. It should be light and fluffy with a subtle crispiness, yet soft enough so the pancake doesn’t crack when rolled up. 

What ingredients can I use in dan bing?

Traditional dan bing ingredients often  include tuna, cheese and sliced green onion, but we’ve also seen them packed with sweetcorn, ham or bacon, fermented tofu or even chilli bean paste. You’re only limited by your imagination and your flavour preferences. Go nuts and experiment, and let us know your favourite combos in the comments below! 

Variations & Substitutes

  • If you’re feeling experimental, why not try these dan bing sauce ingredient substitutes – different combos of hoisin, oyster sauce, worcestershire sauce or even ketchup would work perfectly!
  • If you don’t have (or enjoy) sesame oil you can substitute with vegetable oil

 

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Taking a slice of Taiwanese egg crepe from a plate.

Dan Bing Recipe - Taiwanese Egg Pancakes (蛋餅)

Bursting with flavour, this Dan Bing Recipe with tuna and egg makes the perfect savoury breakfast crepe or quick snack. A light batter made with cornflour (cornstarch) ensures these Taiwanese egg pancakes are crispy and fluffy, yet light and totally delicious!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Servings: 3 pancakes
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl for batter
  • Small pouring jug or mixing bowl for tuna egg mix
  • Small bowl or dish for sauce
  • Whisk
  • Small to medium frypan

Ingredients

  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch cornflour
  • ½ cup tasty cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 100 g tuna canned
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2 green onions finely sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame oil for cooking

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce

Instructions

For the Sauce:

  • Pop your soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl, then give them a good stir and set aside.

For the Pancakes Batter:

  • Place plain flour, cornstarch/cornflour and salt into a large mixing bowl and add the water. Whisk until the batter has a nice runny consistency with no lumps.
  • In a separate small bowl or pouring jug whisk 1 egg with 1/3 each of the green onions, tuna and cheese and mix well. Pop aside.
  • 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 pancakes starts to cook, then top with the egg mixture and spread across the top in a thin layer. Avoid the edges if you can.
  • Continue cooking until the egg just starts to set, then slide the spatula around the edges to loosen the pancake 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 rolled pancake!
  • Remove from the pan, then repeat for your remaining pancakes.
  • To serve, transfer your freshly cooked and rolled pancakes to serving plates, slice into 2-3cm strips and drizzle with your blended soy and sweet chilli sauce. Alternatively, you can serve them whole and wrapped in a piece of paper. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips

  • The consistency of your homemade crepe batter may vary until you get the hang of it. For the tastiest, crispiest pancake, aim for a super runny batter with no lumps. 
  • When pouring your egg mixture onto the pancake, try avoiding the edges if you can. 
 

FAQs

  • How do you make the perfect dan bing batter? After lots of experimenting, we found the simple blend of plain flour, cornflour (cornstarch) and water in the recipe below makes the perfect batter. It should be light and fluffy with a subtle crispiness, yet soft enough so the pancake doesn't crack when rolled up. 
  • What ingredients can I use in dan bing? Traditional dan bing ingredients often  include tuna, cheese and sliced green onion, but we've also seen them packed with sweetcorn, ham or bacon, fermented tofu or even chilli bean paste. You're only limited by your imagination and your flavour preferences. Go nuts and experiment, and let us know your favourite combos in the comments below! 
 

Variations & Substitutes

  • If you're feeling experimental, why not try these dan bing sauce ingredient substitutes - different combos of hoisin, oyster sauce, worcestershire sauce or even ketchup would work perfectly!
  • If you don't have (or enjoy) sesame oil you can substitute with vegetable oil

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 939mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 3mg
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Where We Learned This Recipe

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. 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 local stall tucked beneath an apartment building near our home base. Opening at 8.00am, it would disappear behind a nondescript roller shutter around midday.

One morning we spied the assembly line – husband, wife and son working together at a massive grill – churning out piping hot burgers and dan bing to lines of hungry people. Such enticing aromas emanating from that grill… One whiff had us wandering in for a closer look.

Despite not speaking any Taiwanese, we managed to point and communicate. ‘We’ll have what they’re having.” 

Our Dan Bing Discovery

Success! Taiwanese Pork & Egg Breakfast Burger + Dan Bing Pancake + (massive) Chinese Coffee INBOUND. We took a seat inside the tiny restaurant beside other neighbours tucking into their food, no doubt fooling no one by casually reading the local paper. 

Next there was a tap on my shoulder. Mr Husband gestured to his massive coffee kettle offering us a refill. After filling our cup to the brim he gestured repeatedly towards the grill with a rapid-fire stream of words that went straight over our heads. Drawing us over to the grill, he pointed to his signboard (where not a stroke of English could be seen). 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.  After nodding our heads enthusiastically, 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.

Delish!

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60 Comments

  • Reply
    Tisha
    19/09/2019 at 2:21 pm

    This would definitely make a great breakfast and fantastic start to your day!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/09/2019 at 10:18 am

      Agreed! You should try a ham or bacon and cheese version! 😀

  • Reply
    Natalie
    19/09/2019 at 2:03 pm

    Looks so delicious and perfect for an easy dinner or lunch ♥

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/09/2019 at 10:18 am

      That’s exactly what we make them for. They’re nice and quick and we usually have the tuna and cheese on hand. We also love putting baby spinach in ours!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    19/09/2019 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for this delicious and awesome recipe. My family to love it all.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/09/2019 at 10:17 am

      Cheers Veena!

  • Reply
    Suzy
    19/09/2019 at 12:37 pm

    I love discovering different types of food while traveling and then recreating them at home! These look amazing! My family is going to love them with ham and cheese!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/09/2019 at 10:17 am

      Same! 😀 Especially when you have the memories tied to each dish. Makes them even more exciting to eat!

  • Reply
    Irina
    19/09/2019 at 11:56 am

    I am a huge fan of crepes/pancakes, and I always look for recipes to discover new flavors and new techniques. These egg pancakes are something new for me. I am gonna make them for sure! Just want to discover a new cuisine:)

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/09/2019 at 10:16 am

      So glad to hear Irina, it’s definitely different to the usual crepe or pancake we’re used to making at home too. Now we always make these for a quick lunch or dinner.

  • Reply
    Jennie
    26/08/2019 at 9:09 pm

    I was missing Taiwan and pulled up this recipe – I didn’t have the tuna, cheese and sauce ingredients on hand but it was still amazing with a bit of sriracha. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/08/2019 at 12:16 pm

      Oh glad you were still able to make it!

  • Reply
    Ondra
    21/01/2019 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! A minor correction though: the Chinese name is 蛋餅, not 蚕餅 (蚕 means “a silkworm”, 蛋 means “an egg”)

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/01/2019 at 2:10 pm

      Ah thanks Ondra, all updated now – much appreciated! Hope you enjoy. 🙂

  • Reply
    Steph
    19/09/2018 at 6:20 am

    So I woke up one morning and decided I could not do another cereal or toast for breakfast, but then I stumbled across this recipe and it was unlike anything I’d ever tried before so I decided I had to make it! It was so delicious, I absolutely loved it and the sauce just really topped it off. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/09/2018 at 9:40 am

      Right! We love how easy these are to whip up as well, it makes it as easy as cooking pancakes once you’ve done it a couple of times. It’s one of the few recipes we cook off by heart! So glad you enjoyed it. Happy cooking ! 🙂

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      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!

  • Reply
    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

    • Reply
      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. 😀

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      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. 🙂

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

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

    • Reply
      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!

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

    Well that sounds like a super fun recipe!

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

      Almost as fun as eating it… almost. 😛

  • Reply
    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?!

    • Reply
      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. 😀

  • Reply
    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!

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

      High-fives to that Chris! 😀

  • Reply
    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! 😀

    • Reply
      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! 🙂

  • Reply
    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!!!

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    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!

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

      High five to that! 😀

  • Reply
    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!

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

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

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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!)

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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!

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

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

    • Reply
      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 😀

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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!

      • Reply
        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!

        • Reply
          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. 😀

  • Reply
    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!

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

      No problemo Sam, hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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. 🙂

  • Reply
    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!

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

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

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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! 😛

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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!

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

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

    • Reply
      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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