Having travelled south from Beijing in a sleeper train, I was hungry when I arrived in Wuhan. After checking into a hotel, I went out looking for a late breakfast and found a small market with many food stalls. The smells coming from one drew me in, and I soon found myself tucking into my first Wuhan doupi.Wuhan Doupi Pancake" is a famous traditional dish from Wuhan, China. Doupi is a kind of street food that is popular in the Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital. It is a savoury pancake typically made from sticky rice, minced pork, and various other ingredients such as mushrooms, pickled vegetables, and sometimes even Chinese sausage. Ahead of me was a riverboat that would carry me down the Yangtze River to Shanghai. Beyond that lay Hong Kong, Chengdu and two months exploring the Tibetan high plateau.
- large wok
- 1 cup mung beans (soaked in water overnight)
- 1 cup rice mik
- 1 pinch rock salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup glutinous rice
- 250 g pork belly (or pork shoulder) (thinly sliced)
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 cup of bamboo shoots (sliced)
- 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger (minced)
Seasoning - to taste
- rock salt
- black pepper
- Chopped scallions for garnish
- Soak the glutinous rice in water for at least 2 hours. Drain and set aside.
- In a pan, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant.
- Add the sliced pork and cook until it's no longer pink. Then add the shiitake mushrooms and bamboo shoots, and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender.
- Add the dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, and Shaoxing wine to the pan. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix the mung beans, seasoning, and rice milk in a blender to make the Doupi pancake batter.
- Spread a layer of batter in the hot, oiled wok to make a large circular pancake. Break the eggs over the batter as the batter starts to solidify.
- Flip the pancake.
- Add a layer of glutinous rice in the form of a square. Cover the rice with a layer of the meat mixture. Fold the sides of the pancake over the filling to form a rectangular package.
- Fry until the batter turns golden brown and crispy and then flip the pancake and fry the other side until the batter turns golden brown and crispy
- Cut into squares and serve hot, garnished with chopped scallions.
This authentic recipe captures the flavors and essence of the traditional Wuhan Doupi. Enjoy cooking and savoring this delightful dish!