Fringe Benefits


Playing Madame Sun Yat-sen


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.

St. Joseph Cathedral Church

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.

View from my hotel


Breakfast on set with the director

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.
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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!

Snacking on Mung Bean crepe


5 thoughts on “Fringe Benefits

  1. 我特别喜欢煎饼果子,尽管天津的和北京的不太一样而且天津人民似乎很不屑我们北京人民把他们的煎饼果子改成那样了还坚持使用人家的冠名权!😅😅除了两周吃了三只烤鸭,回国的时候最enjoy的,就是每天早起姐夫到他们家楼下的煎饼摊儿上给我拎一套煎饼果子回来…我为此长得那5磅体重到现在也没减下去,但是我,无怨无悔!


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