Millions of people visit Mount Tai every year. For those strong enough to go in foot, there is no shortage of hiking food on offer. Fair ranges from hot dogs and beer to fresh vegetables and tea.
All along the trail there are makeshift cafes setup under ancient trees where you can get the most famous of all Foods found on Taishan.
Thin, crisp and fragrant are the three features of Tai’an Millet Crepe. The protein rich millet is first ground into flour and then steeped in liquid to ferment. They are then cooked on large, round cast iron griddles that spin. The result is as thin as the wing of cicada. People even can read newspaper through it which is tasted crisp and fragrant. Local people usually eat it by rolling green Chinese onion in it.
- 1 cup millet flour
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander or Lemon Ginger Curry
- 1 egg
- Chopped green onions
Soak millet flour in water for atleast 2 hours, overnight is better. Blend to incorporate egg and spice. Pour onto a pre-heated nonstick surface. Using a spatula, spread batter as thin as you can get it . Cook for 2 minutes of until the crepe is cooked through. Top with green onions, fold and serve.
This recipe yields 4-7 to 8 inch crepes.
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Photo credit: Julie Cecchini