The Find: Michelle's Pancake in San Gabriel
No, this is not a story about breakfast food. It is a story about Chinese pancakes, which are distinctly different from the fluffy American variety that we so lovingly drench in sweet maple syrup. In this week's Find, Linda Burum describes them as "griddle-baked Chinese savories ranging from flat, crispy-edged breads and tiny stuffed pillows of handkerchief-thin sheets of dough to flaky rounds enclosing a meaty filling."
Being a savory girl myself, I think I might enjoy these better than regular pancakes. Michelle's Pancake's menu has 38 items and focuses on "specialties of northern China's wheat-eating tradition."
To read the full story with all its juicy details about "thick slabs of lean meat rimmed with a generous border of translucent, quivery fat that anoints every bite with smokiness," click here.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: A smoked pork and scallion pancake at Michelle's Pancake in San Gabriel. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times