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Dan Bing Recipe – Taiwanese Egg Pancakes (蛋餅)

12/08/2020

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

Taiwanese Dan Bing are delicious savoury pancakes with the perfect blend of crispy outside + soft and chewy inside. 

The rolled 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!

Related: Pandan Waffles / Miso Scrambled Eggs

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

What is Dan Bing? 

Dan Bing literally translates as “egg” and “cake”. Traditional Taiwanese egg pancakes are the ULTIMATE street food breakfast made plain with the crepe base and topped with just egg and scallions / green onion. 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!

For our version, we’ve used extra fillings including tuna and cheese, but feel free to omit these for the more OG version.

Where We Learned This Recipe

We touched down in the Taiwanese Capital City of Taipei right in the middle of 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 local language, we managed to 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 understand you!

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 – a mix of soy and sweet chilli. The rest is history!

What You’ll Need

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!):

  • Cheese – We used tasty cheese, but feel free to experiment with cheddar, parmesan or mozzarella!
  • Spring onions – also known as green onions or scallions
  • Cornflour / cornstarch – this gives your pancakes that subtle crispy crunch
  • Sesame oil – for cooking, this adds 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!

Ingredients laid out for dan bing pancakes.

How to make it at home:

  1. For the sauce: Pop your soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl, then give them a good stir and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate small bowl or pouring jug add the tuna, cheese, spring onions, egg and mix well. Pop aside.
  1. 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 pancake starts to cook.
  2. Next, top with around a ⅓ of the egg and tuna mixture and spread across the top in a thin layer. Avoid the edges if you can.
  3. 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.
  1. Now you can fold in two edges to create a yummy rolled pancake!
  2. 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.

Wandercook’s 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 other 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.

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
A sliced crepe cooked with tuna and egg on a plate, next to a spoon covered in dan bing sauce.

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A hand holding up a sliced piece of dan bing egg crepe.

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

Ingredients

For the sauce

Instructions

For the Sauce:

  • Pop your sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce in a small bowl, then give them a good stir and set aside.
    3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce

For the Pancakes Batter:

  • Place all purpose flour, cornstarch and salt into a large mixing bowl and add the water. Whisk until the batter has a nice runny consistency with no lumps.
    ½ cup plain flour / all purpose flour, 2 tbsp cornstarch / cornflour, 1 pinch salt, 3/4 cup water
  • In a separate small bowl or pouring jug add the tuna, cheese, eggs and spring onion and mix well.
    100 g tuna, ½ cup cheese, 3 eggs, 1-2 spring onion / green onion
  • Now heat the sesame oil in a small to medium frying pan. Pour in a small amount of batter and quickly swirl until it reaches the edges. Cook for 1 minute until the pancake starts to set, then top with a third of the egg and tuna mixture. Spread it out across the top in a thin layer, avoiding the edges if you can.
    1-2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 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!

Video

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Recipe Notes

  • Batter Consistency – 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.
  • Avoid the Edges – When pouring your egg mixture onto the pancake, try avoiding the edges if you can.
  • Ingredient Ideas – 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.
  • Sauce Alternatives – Hoisin, oyster sauce, Worcestershire sauce or even tomato sauce should work a treat.
  • Oil – You can substitute the sesame oil with vegetable oil for a milder flavour to cook with.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Dan Bing Recipe – Taiwanese Egg Pancakes (蛋餅)
Amount per Serving
Calories
327
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
190
mg
63
%
Sodium
 
939
mg
41
%
Potassium
 
176
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
31
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
19
g
38
%
Vitamin A
 
423
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
125
mg
13
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dan Bing Recipe - Taiwanese Egg Pancakes (蛋餅)

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68 Comments

  • 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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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

        5 stars
        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

    5 stars
    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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