I am filming in Tian Jin, a city that is about two hours drive from Beiing. It was heavily colonized in the 1800s by different European countries and retained much of its colonial architectural characteristics. Some of the government protected colonial relics have been used as sets in TV series and films and we filmed in one of such buildings today.
The first time I was in Tian Jin was when I was 19. I came on the backseat of a motorcycle with a group of friends from Beijing. The only thing I could remember of the trip was the yummy breakfast and snack foods that I ate.
The producer heard that I loved the local breakfast and had three plastic bags full of the special potstickers delivered to the set before I stepped into my costume. After I finished my breakfast, I could hardly get into my qi pao.
This is one of the most European looking cities in China, but the cuisine here is thoroughly local, and delicious beyond words.
The mung bean crepe — Jian Bing Guo Zi (煎饼果子）— is one of the most well known local snack food that can also be breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is made of freshly ground mung bean flour, eggs, cilantro, chili and onion. You can also add a thin sheet of crispy fried dough for a more complex texture.
Delicious fringe benefit for location work!