Chinese crepe gains interest after Rihanna whips up street snack

By Hoang Phong    May 28, 2024 | 04:00 am PT
Chinese crepe gains interest after Rihanna whips up street snack
Jianbing, a Chinese crepe, is a popular street food in China. Photo courtesy of Taste Atlas
Chinese-style pancake has become popular on the nation's social media after singer Rihanna cooked the street snack during a Shanghai trip.

The singer visited the metropolis in the middle of May to promote her beauty brand Fenty Beauty and joined a live-streaming session with a Chinese beauty blogger, the South China Morning Post reported.

When she saw a pancake stall on the street, she said she would like to try it, Chinese language site Sina reported.

A video that went viral on Chinese social media showed Rihanna skillfully making the pancake herself, called jianbing in China.

A photo shared on Douyin shows Rihanna had skillfully made the pancake herself, May 2024.

A photo shared on Douyin shows Rihanna making the Chinese pancake herself, May 2024.

She was seen spreading batter across a frying pan, cracking an egg on a fried pancake, and sprinkling it with chopped green onions.

According to CNN, Rihanna's name became a trending topic on Weibo, China’s largest social media.

Jianbing is hailed as one of China's most popular street breakfasts.

The main ingredients are wheat, grain flour, eggs, and sauces. It can be topped with different fillings and sauces such as crispy fried cracker, ham, chopped or diced mustard pickles, scallions and coriander, chili sauce, or hoisin sauce.

A jianbing usually costs 10 yuan (US$1.38) in China.

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