[Recipe] Run Bing 潤餅
The Taiwanese burrito called Run Bing (潤餅) or Taiwanese Popiah (薄餅) is a street food that can be found all over the country in Taiwan. Taiwanese people also eat this specific food during the Tomb Sweeping Festival which falls on either April 4 or 5. It’s incredibly filling, full of delicious flavors, and very easy to make!
The origin of the festival dates back to 770 to 476 B.C. It was to honor Jie Zhi-Tui, a loyal follower of the Duke Wen of Jin state. The Cold Food Festival, also called Hanshi Festival evolved into a tomb-sweeping event during the Tang dynasty and became the Tomb Sweeping Festival, also known as Qingming Festival. Today, it’s a time for Chinese families to visit the tombs of their ancestors and to pay respects.
The Run Bing wrapper is made from just a few simple ingredients: flour, water, and salt. You can add almost any kinds of fillings you prefer. It comes in many different varieties – northern style and southern style. Some common ingredients that both styles have in common are shredded cabbage with carrots, shredded eggs, bean sprouts, cilantro, and crushed peanut powder. It doesn’t really matter what kind of vegetables or meat you put inside the wrap, as long as they look colorful and tasty!
Fresh spring roll wrapper (潤餅皮)
Sliced dry firm tofu
Sliced fried eggs
Shredded deli meat (turkey, ham, or roast beef) or seafood (boiled shrimps)
Vegetable oil for cooking
Salt to taste
Prepare the fillings:
Slice dry firm tofu into thin strips. In a heated non-stick pan, add some oil and stir-fry the tofu until golden brown, then season with salt.
In a heated non-stick pan, add some oil, pour in the shredded cabbage and add some water. Stir-fry for 1 minute and then add the shredded carrots. Add some salt and stir-fry until soft. Use a strainer to drain the juice of the cooked cabbage and carrots.
Repeat step 2 again for the bean sprouts.
Beat eggs in a bowl. In a heated non-stick pan, add some oil and pan-fry the egg mixture. Cut the egg sheet into thin strips.
Assemble the wrap:
Place a spring roll wrapper in a diamond shape on a chopping board or a flat table.
Add the fillings you like. Then top with some peanut powder and/or powder sugar at the end (optional).
Fold the bottom corner over the fillings. Then, bring both sides of the wrapper to the middle and roll the bottom up until finished folding. Roll it into a spring roll. It will look like a burrito. Serve as is. Enjoy!