A Taste of the Traditional Chinese Guan Bing
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
By Lina Zhu
BG Dough is one of the newest Asian food trucks in town! Its specialty is the Chinese Guan Bing (Egg Filled Pancake or 鸡蛋灌饼), a traditional dish that originated in Xin Yang, Henan Province in China. This dish inspired its owner, Guo Wei, who is also from the Henan Province.
Guo says, “ A guan bing is a wrap with different vegetables, meats, and eggs, and it is very similar to an egg pita in western countries.”
BG Dough Food Truck actually first opened during the COVID-19 pandemic. After Guo purchased the food truck in January 2020, the pandemic hit. After staying at home for a few months, he decided that he could not just keep waiting home.
“It was bad timing, but all I can do is give it a try and not give up,” Guo said.
Guo immigrated to the U.S. to pursue a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and creative writing at the University of Iowa. After graduating in 2019, he wanted to start a business. Both of his parents’ families do business back in China.
“I decided to start a business because I wanted to give it a try and see how far I could go. I suppose it’s also because it’s been a family tradition,” Guo said.
The name BG Dough comes from his nickname. Growing up, there were two students with the name Guo in his high school. As the older one, he was often referred to as Big Guo, which was abbreviated to BG for the name of the food truck.
Making a guan bing isn’t an easy process. The dough first needs to be rolled into a flat and long wrapper, then placed on the frying pan. The shortening added to the dough makes the dough inflate and creates space filled with air within the dough. Then Guo will poke a hole and drop the egg into the wrapper; this is where the word guan (灌) which means to “pour” comes from. Once the wrap is done, Guo wraps it with vegetables and meats. And finally, he adds his secret sauce which gives an added sweet flavor to the wrap.
“The sauce is made from traditional Chinese soybean paste with a few special touches,” he said.
Their menu is simple. Start with the BGD Guanbing Basic, which includes one egg, lettuce, cucumbers, pickles, and tomatoes, and then add on. Customers can choose their own proteins such as ham, sausage, prosciutto, bacon, turkey breast, or smoked salmon. Guo is also planning to add new dishes to the food truck such as fried squid.
BG Dough Food Truck does not have a regular location and business hours, but Guo works with many local brewing companies to set up in the parking lots of the bars.
Here is the current schedule for BG Dough:
Fridays, 4pm - 10pm, River North Brewery: 3400 Blake Street, Denver, CO, 80205
Sundays, 1pm - 9pm, Great Divide Brewing Company: 2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO, 80205
Follow BG Dough on Instagram @bg_dough to see their schedule and locations. Connect with them on WeChat by adding @jason1491811481 to get the latest food truck schedule.