By Danielle Centoni | Eater.com
It’s been a big month for Bing Mi!, the new food truck serving up jian bing (savory Chinese crepes) in downtown’s SW 9th and Alder pod. This week alone both the Willamette Week and Portland Mercury gave it high-praise reviews.
The Merc’s Andrea Damewood writes, “jian bing is Asia’s breakfasty answer to the Crunchwrap Supreme — a savory crêpe stuffed with scrambled egg, crunchy wonton-style crackers, black bean paste, cliantro, chives, and pickled veggies. Considering what sublime stoner food this is, it’s a wonder we haven’t seen it in Portland before.”
That description alone would make anyone want to drop everything and hit the cart. If you do, she conveniently offers up tips on how to customize, advising diners to choose the spiciest option, and add plum sauce for umami and extra wonton crackers to soak up the sog. She says the “sausage ($1) is pleasant, but only necessary if you’re super hungry.” And Matthew Korfhage at Willamette Week is apt to agree. “The jian bing is flat-out fantastic,” he writes, “whether with or without the sweet Chinese sausage you can tack on for a buck. Indeed, the meat texture is a bit of a fifth wheel amid the already bustling party of flavors.”
Drew Tyson at Thrillist also gave the cart a lot of love. Earlier this month he put it at the top of his roundup of the best new food carts in Portland, saying, “The experience is funky and flavorful and unlike anything else you’ll find on the streets of Portland.” However, he deems the optional sausage highly recommended. You’ll have to try it both ways and see for yourself.