春饼 That thin wrapping around spring rolls
China prides itself on being the middle kingdom and the fact that a lot of basic inventions in the past happened here well before they did in other places.
However, some things took time to get here, like chili peppers. Though it is now a mainstay of cooking in Sichuan, the chili peppers have only been used here for about 200 years.
Tonight, I had another thing that reminded me of Mexican food – 春饼. Normally, it just seems to be the wrapping for spring rolls. However, at the restaurant I went to first tonight, they served only that wrapping, nothing else. It was up to me to use the other items we ordered to fill that wrapping, just like one might do with a fajita. The big difference seemed to be that the 春饼 always seemed to fall apart, and if I wanted more, it would take at least 15 minutes to get some more from the kitchen. Given that I have had something similar to a burrito at a very traditional food stand in Taiwan, I wonder if more has come from South America to China in addition to chili peppers.