Before my short visit from Singapore to check in on things at Blue Sky (march 16-20), I asked my girls what would they like me to bring back from Beijing this time round. In strange unison and without much thought, they said "Bing !" .... what? Bing? really? Bing made by the Ayis (caretakers) at Blue Sky. The Bing that they loved so much on their last visit to Blue Sky.
Bing is basically a simple flat bread. It is eaten at Blue Sky at least twice a week, and is eaten plain, dipped in sauce or soup, filled with meats and veggie (then it's called Lao Bing), as a snack or as part of the main meal.
So their request was placed, and on my last day in Beijing, longtime staff FanYan (chef for the season) did her magic. She kept insisting it was easiest thing to do, and that we really should just make it in Singapore if they love it so much. I told her we had perfected making jiaozi (dumplings, Beijing style), and Tudou Si (vinegared shredded potato) and it's regularly on our dinner menu at home.... but BING we had not tried....
During the Bing making, FanYan and XiaoHong, who was the girls' nanny when we lived in Beijing, and is Blue Sky's driver/nanny/chef/maintenance/all-round-extraodinaire since our departure 7 years ago to Singapore - decided to make an instructional video for the girls.
So here is Part 1 - making of the dough ..... Part 2 and 3 coming soon