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It’s claimed that this snack originated from Fujian. When General Tso Tsung T’ang was sent to Fujian in 1855 to quell the Taiping Revolution, it became his army’s food. The story goes that the soldiers were using spring onions and chilli sauce to eat their bread but as Fujian was rich with sugar cane and peanuts crops, the ever-practical army general switched to these ingredients to make the pancakes that was also easy to carry around. Later, this snack spread around the region when immigrants from Fujian brought it over to the Philippines.
All I know is that I grew up watching my gua-ma and tai-ma make them. I always called them chinese pancakes instead of its Hokkien term. I made some for breakfast today using crushed peanuts, butter and sugar as filling. I think I just hit a nostalgia home run… 🙂
Just curious, have you seen this sold in Manila or anywhere in the Philippines?
Below is the recipe of 面煎粿 🙂