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Shanghai Street Food #12 Dàn Juǎn 蛋卷




Welcome to Number 12 in this series on Shanghai’s vibrant and delicious street foods.
Shanghai wouldn’t be Shanghai without its incredible street food! You can read about the others here:

Number 1   Roast Sweet Potatoes
Number 2   Snack-on-a-stick 
Number 3   Liangpi – a spicy cold noodle dish
Number 4   Langzhou Lamian – hand-pulled noodles
Number 5   Cong You Bing – fried shallot pancakes
Number 6   Baozi – steamed buns, Shanghai style
Number 7   Jian Bing – the famous egg pancake
Number 8   Dan Gao – street cakes
Number 9   Shao mai – sticky rice treats
Number 10  Summer on a Stick – fresh fruits

Number 11  You Tiao – deep-fried breadsticks
Number 12  Dan Juan – egg rolls
Number 13  Shao Kao – street barbecue
Number 14  Bao Mi Hua – exploding rice flowers
Number 15  Chou Doufu – stinky tofu
Number 16  Bing Tang Shan Zha – crystal sugar hawthorns
Number 17  Mutton Polo
Number 18  Yumi Bang – puffed corn sticks
Number 19  Mian Hua Tang – cotton candy
Number 20  You Dunzi – fried radish cakes

Number 21  Suzhou Shi Yue Bing – homestyle mooncakes 
Number 22  Gui Hua Lian’ou – honeyed lotus root stuffed with sticky rice
Number 23  Cong You Ban Mian – scallion oil noodles
Number 24  Guotie – potsticker dumplings
Number 25  Nuomi Cai Tou – fried clover pancakes
Number 26  Da Bing, Shao Bing – sesame breakfast pastries
Number 27  Ci Fan – sticky rice breakfast balls
Number 28  Gui Hua Gao – steamed osmanthus cake
Number 29  Zongzi – bamboo leaf wrapped sticky rice
Number 30  Shengjianbao – pan-fried dumplings

Number 31  Mala Tang – DIY spicy soup

Dàn juǎn 蛋卷 are literally ‘egg rolls’, but these are the sweet, brittle biscuit variety, not the savoury egg rolls known to many as spring rolls (chūn juǎ春卷)


To make these delicious snacks a mildly sweet egg and wheat flour batter is spooned on to a hot griddle and cooked like a pancake or waffle, then, using gloves to protect from the heat, folded up and rolled whilst still soft. As the dàn juǎn cools it becomes crunchy and biscuity. Variations include black sesame, white sesame, and seaweed flavours.


Some may not consider dàn juǎn a street food because they are available to buy in packets at the supermarket, just like biscuits. In Shanghai though, you can find dàn juǎn vendors at Si Pai Lo Lu, near Yu Gardens, and in the streets behind the fabric market on Lujiabang Lu. There are probably another fifty locations I don’t know about too! Hot off the griddle, and eaten as street food, they are a warm, crunchy, sweet snack. 

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10283252497465455572 coolblogger

    love ur writing.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11390453342365399230 Fiona

    Thanks coolblogger!

  • http://www.eatwritethink.com/ Rajani

    nice!! so much exciting street food! nice name for such a dishy dish.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11390453342365399230 Fiona

    Ha! Rajani that's how I remember the Chinese name – like Don Juan….

  • http://www.riceandwheat.com riceandwheat

    I've eaten hundreds of these things but only from a giant tin bought at the supermarket. I didn't even know people made these fresh until now. Boy, what I would give to try one fresh from the griddle!