烧饼. Shao bing. I still remember the first time I had it, last October. Alexis, one of my Chinese friends, was trying to show me around Kaifeng’s downtown area. She wanted to introduce me to a place that had good shao bing. I was a bit befuddled, but I trusted her, and soon I was in love. It would take me many more months until I would start ordering the delicious contraptions on my own, but once I did they quickly became a popular snack source.
Shao bing are a Kaifeng specialty. As the woman above can be seen holding, they are round, pita like objects that are stuffed full of a variety of objects. I prefer mine to be stuffed with tofu, but they also offer eggs, lettuce, pickles, sprouts, and some other odds and ends. The shao bing with tofu costs only 2 RMB and has provided for many a decent lunch.
I really like the shao bing bread ovens. You can see the oven in the background of this picture– it sort of looks like a smokestack only without an opening on the top. They stick the dough to the insides of the oven and let them back. Fresh bread is really good.
I will miss shao bing– and the rest of the Henan University West Gate food.