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For other uses see Shao bing (disambiguation)

Typical shaobing. The round shaobing on the right are sweet and filled with sugar and the long shaobing on the left are savory and salted.
Alternative names Huoshao
Type Flatbread
Course Breakfast
Place of origin China
Serving temperature breakfast
Cookbook:Shaobing  Shaobing
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning roasted pastry
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning fire roasted

Shaobing (shāo bǐng), also written shao bing or sao bing,[1][2] is a type of baked, layered flatbread bread in Chinese cuisine. Shaobing can be made with or without stuffing, and with or without sesame on top. Shaobing contains a variety of stuffings that can be grouped into two main flavors: savory or sweet. Some common stuffings include red bean paste, black sesame paste, and stir-fried mung beans with egg and tofu.

Shaobing is not very well known in southern China, unlike other northern dishes like mantou, baozi, and youtiao. Some unique varieties of shaobing can be completely unheard of in the south. Different types of shaobing are often associated with certain cities and towns.

Shaobing is a common breakfast item. Filled shaobing are usually eaten with soy milk and tea, while unfilled ones are usually eaten with steamed eggs or a breakfast meat dish. In the Mandarin cuisine tradition, shaobing are served with hot pot (huǒguō) in winter or soy milk.


Liu Ji was one of the most famous scholars of the Ming dynasty. He presented a cryptic lyrical song titled "Shaobing Song" (燒餅歌) to the Zhu Yuanzhang emperor. The song supposedly predicted the future of China.[3][4][5]

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Taiwanese sesame paste shaobing:


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  2. ^ "Hua Juan and Sao Bing". Baking With Em&M. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  3. ^ Windridge, Charles. [1999] (2003) Tong Sing The Chinese Book of Wisdom. Kyle Cathie Limited. ISBN 0-7607-4535-8. pg 124-125.
  4. ^ Ji, Liu. [2004] (2004) 燒餅歌與推背圖. Bai Shan Shu Fang Publishing Company. ISBN 986-7769-00-7.
  5. ^ HK geocities. "HK geocities." 燒餅歌. Retrieved on 2008-09-19.