My Family Recipe for Vegan Chinese Shaobing (Stuffed Flatbread), Featured on The Almost Indian Wife

Featured on The Almost Indian WifeThe Almost Indian Wife just featured me on Family Fridays, where I shared my own family recipe for vegan Chinese shaobing (stuffed flatbread), a snack food I’ve learned to prepare from my mother-in-law. Here’s an excerpt:

One of the coolest things about my mother-in-law is that she’s totally accepting of my vegan lifestyle. I never expected that a woman who grew up in Hangzhou’s mountainous countryside – where people tend to be pretty traditional when it comes to food – would embrace my dietary needs. But she does. Maybe it’s because the two of us have really bonded over food. I love asking her about her secrets for, say, crispy tofu or spicy pickled daikon radish. But when I discovered that one of the local snack foods was shaobing, a fried flatbread stuffed with savory salted veggies and then pan-fried until crispy, I knew I had to learn how to make it myself!

Most shaobing include bacon-like bits of fatty pork, making the food typically off-limits to vegans like me. But thanks to my mother-in-law, I’ve learned an amazing recipe for vegan shaobing. It’s even a little reminiscent of pizza back from home, so much so that I often jokingly call it “Chinese pizza”.

FYI, here’s what the shaobing look like when they’re done:


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11 thoughts on “My Family Recipe for Vegan Chinese Shaobing (Stuffed Flatbread), Featured on The Almost Indian Wife

  • September 7, 2015 at 8:36 am

    It would be so much easier to be vegan in India! I am amazed at anyone who can be vegetarian or vegan in China. Way to go Jocelyn!!

    I think if I was vegetarian, my in-laws would be supportive, but it would be hard, especially living in a small Chinese city where people don’t really understand different types of diets.

    • September 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks R Zhao!

      I don’t know what it is about this place, but people here seem to have an understanding, even in the small village where my in-laws live. I think it is because more and more seniors are going vegetarian and vegan for health reasons (doctors specifically tell them they cannot consume meat or fish or even eggs). So when I bring this up, those who initially think it strange start to get it.

      Still, it can make the holidays tough sometimes. But I’m OK with that because the family always makes sure I have something to eat. 🙂

  • September 7, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    It looks super duper yummy!! As a fellow vegetarian I will definitely try cooking this recipe for Mr. B!

  • September 7, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m going to try this next weekend. It reminds me of Gözleme, which is a Turkish flatbread. I really like this (vegetarian) recipe: but there are also vegan versions with potatoes or spinach.

  • September 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    It is so nice to hear that you and your MIL share a bond and she respects your dietary choices. It is amazing how food connects and brings people together.

    I may just have to try the recipe myself.

  • September 9, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Shandong shaobing is normally vegan-friendly.

  • September 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Your recipe sounds great, thanks for sharing!
    I am not vegetarian, but only eat meat once in a while. In HK, I leave out meat completely as there are so many vegan Buddhist restaurants for me to go to. When we went to Fijuan, I always had to fight with restaurant staff not to add any seafood or fish stock to my dishes, as they didn’t recognize it as meat.

    I am so glad that Chinese mom started to make more vegetable dishes for me, because sometimes I was amazed how many different dead animals can end up on a dining table at once. Uh!

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