An Idiot with Maibing

March 15th, 2013, 4:31 am PDT by Greg

I haven’t been blogging as much recently for the very good reason that I haven’t had as much to say. I have settled into a routine, so there’s not as much fodder for posts. I have been taking some time to explore the city. As the weather is slowly getting nicer, riding around is more and more inviting.

Today while riding around, I stopped at a street-side food stall (as I often do), decided what they were selling looked good, went up, and in the absence of literacy in the local language, pointed at the first picture on the menuboard and asked for one (as I often do). What I got could only be described as a Chinese pupusa. It was pretty good and new to me, so I saved the bag it came in in the hopes of figuring out what it was.

With the help of Pleco, I figured out that it was maibing. With the help of Google, I figured out… nothing.

Nothing useful for “maibing”. Searching for the Chinese, 麦饼, got some useful stuff that could be translated. They’re tasty: just look at them! They seem to come from Wenzhou and are prepared pretty much like pupusa: dough, dumpling, flatten, fry.

But here’s the thing: nobody seems to have ever written about them in English. There’s this food that I like, and will possibly never be able to find again (after I leave Hangzhou, at least).

I recall that this is something Karl Pilkington whinged about in An Idiot Abroad: what if I try something and like it, but then can’t every get it again. He took this as a reason to never travel.

Here I am agreeing with him: never try anything new. You might like it and then have your heart broken.

[But, I know somebody from Wenzhou. And his mom. Maybe I can bribe my way into a cooking lesson.]

3 Responses to “An Idiot with Maibing”

  1. Kat Says:

    You may be in luck. I’m pretty sure we have those here. I think they even sell them in the frozen-food section at T&T.
    I will go on an expedition to find them! 🙂

  2. Amanda Says:

    I love that by the end of this post you are basically having a conversation with yourself about the pupusa. Too funny.

    Look out Greg – Kat is getting so good at driving you will have a hard time getting use of it yourself when your back 🙂

    Enjoy your bike ride by the lake today!

  3. Aunt Dianne Says:

    Love your comment about the “Idiot Abroad”, I have seen a few episodes of that show, and actually thought about you.