Photographs: David Straight
Its very brilliant moniker aside, Wang Wang Spring Pancake – to use its full name – is a small, spotlessly clean little shopfront on Dominion Road – the service is friendly, and they will happily tell you what to eat and how much. They serve many things here, but they’re side shows for the main event, chunbing which are the spring pancakes – in the north of China, they’re a traditional food for spring: light, stretchy pancakes wrapped around meat and vegetables. It’s known as biting the spring and it brings you good luck.
At Wang Wang, they serve these pancakes year round: you choose how many you want ($5 for 10 or $2.50 for five) and then what filling; we can highly recommend the pork with peking sauce ($13) which is dark and sticky, and the stir-fried potato noodle with chilli ($9.80) which is a wonderful thing: matchsticks of potato, stir-fried al dente and shockingly good. You wrap up the filling with a bit of spring onion inside the pancake and then you bite down and the potato is crunchy and the pork is sticky, and in this way they are wonderful any day of the year. SFG
HOURS Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm, 5pm to 10pm.
ADDRESS 704 Dominion Road, Balmoral, ph 630 3916.
IMPORTANT DETAILS Trust them, reluctantly, when they say 10 pancakes and two fillings is more than enough for two people.