Taiwanese Beef Rolls

Indulging in a symphony of flavours with #TaiwaneseDelights. Crispy green onion pancakes, tender braised beef, and a medley of fresh ingredients make every bite unforgettable. Whether at home or your favourite eatery, it’s a culinary adventure worth taking. 🌟 #FoodieFinds #TaiwaneseCuisine. Experience the fusion of sweet and savory in Taiwanese Beef Rolls, featuring tender braised beef, green onion pancakes, cucumbers, cilantro, and hoisin sauce. It’s a culinary adventure!

Taiwan’s vibrant street food culture is a testament to the island’s rich culinary heritage, and among the brightest stars in this flavourful constellation is the renowned Taiwanese Beef Roll, known as “Niu Rou Jian Bing” in Chinese. This delectable snack is more than just a quick bite; it’s a cherished piece of Taiwan’s culinary tapestry with deep-rooted connections to both China and India.

Taiwanese Beef Rolls have deep-rooted historical ties, but their story extends beyond Taiwan’s borders. While the exact origin remains somewhat unclear, one prevailing theory traces their roots to Shanghai, a bustling city in northeastern China. The tapestry of Shanghai’s history, marked by a diverse population that included Indian immigrants, adds a fascinating layer to this theory.

At the heart of Taiwanese Beef Rolls is the Chinese pancake, a culinary gem with influences from Indian flatbreads, specifically the “paratha.” These savory and aromatic pancakes serve as the perfect canvas for the star of the dish, the slow-cooked beef.

In India, parathas are a staple food, and it’s from this culinary tapestry that the concept of Chinese pancakes emerged. These savory, aromatic pancakes provide the perfect vessel for the tender, slow-cooked beef that defines Taiwanese Beef Rolls.

Taiwanese Beef Rolls aren’t confined to Taiwan alone; they’ve transcended borders and gained popularity throughout China. What sets Taiwanese Beef Rolls apart is the symphony of flavours and textures they deliver. Each bite offers a harmonious blend of sweet and savory, crispy and tender, creating a sensory experience that lingers on the palate.

These mouthwatering Beef Rolls consist of four main components:

Slow-Braised Beef: The star of the show, tender beef shank (traditionally) but you can also use beef cheeks (like I did), is slow-cooked in an aromatic broth, absorbing all the rich flavours that make it irresistible.
Green Onion Pancakes: These flaky wonders are the canvas for your culinary masterpiece. Pan-fried to a crispy, golden perfection, they provide the perfect foundation.
Cucumbers & Coriander: These fresh elements add a delightful crunch, a burst of coolness that harmonizes with the warm, savory beef.
Hoisin Sauce: The sweet and savory notes of hoisin sauce tie everything together, creating a medley of flavours that dance on your taste buds.

Crafting your own Taiwanese Beef Rolls is easier than you might think. Start with frozen, pre-made Green Onion Pancakes (or make them from scratch if you’re feeling adventurous). Pair them with Taiwanese Braised Beef Shank, which you can prepare in advance. Once these key elements are ready, assembling the rolls becomes a joyful, almost therapeutic process. Whether you’re planning a party or a potluck, these rolls will impress your guests with their unique and irresistible flavours.

Taiwanese Beef Rolls are more than a street food; they’re a cultural icon with a history that spans regions and time. From the diverse streets of Shanghai to international recognition today, these rolls embody the essence of Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine. Whether you’re wandering through Taiwan’s bustling night markets or recreating them in your kitchen, Taiwanese Beef Rolls promise a taste of history and a slice of culinary heaven. Bon appétit!

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Taiwanese Beef Rolls

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Taiwanese


Experience the fusion of sweet and savory in Taiwanese Beef Rolls, featuring tender braised beef, green onion pancakes, cucumbers, cilantro, and hoisin sauce. It’s a culinary adventure!


Units Scale

Braised Beef Shank

  • 1 kg boneless beef shank or beef cheeks
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 4 cups water

Spices and Sauces


  • 8 scallion pancakes, store-bought
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • 2 stalks spring onions, sliced
  • 4 tbsp coriander, chopped
  • 8 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • oil


  1. Cut the beef shank into pieces measuring 4 to 5 inches. Place these pieces in a medium-sized pot, adding the ginger slices. Pour enough water to cover the beef. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for 5 minutes. Then, drain the beef, rinse it, and clean the pot by removing the ginger slices.
  2. Return the beef to the clean pot and add all the spices and sauce ingredients. Ensure that the beef is covered with about 4 cups of water. If it’s not fully covered, add a bit more water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and let it simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beef becomes fork-tender but maintains its firmness.
  3. Take the beef out of the pot and allow it to cool at room temperature. Then, cover it and refrigerate until it is completely cooled (at least 2 hours, for best results refrigerate it overnight).
  4. Once your beef is cooled down, cook the scallion pancakes in oil until they become crisp on both sides, following the package instructions.
  5. Thinly slice the beef and prepare your cucumber, spring onions, and coriander.
  6. Spread a generous layer of hoisin sauce on each pancake. Add spring onions, coriander, a portion of the beef, and then cucumber. Roll up the scallion pancake tightly and slice the roll in half. Repeat this process with the remaining pancakes, and your dish is ready to be served. Enjoy!


If you can’t find boneless beef shanks or not bothered on deboning one, best alternative is beef cheeks


6 Responses

  1. Eha Carr says:

    A hugely definite ‘yes’ . . . shall copy exactly > shank probably easier to get and cheaper1! Shall repot also . . .

  2. Street food really is the best wherever you are. These Taiwanese Beef Rolls have so much flavor. I’ve never seen scallion pancakes for sale — but I might have missed them as I wasn’t looking for them. These would make a great lunch or light supper.

  3. These beef rolls look excellent…that braised beef is for sure a winner!

  4. Looks delicious! They serve these wraps at a local restaurant and I never fail to order one. Too good to pass up!

  5. Michelle says:

    Love this dish, one of my favorites – great short cut using store-bought onion pancakes!

  6. suituapui says:

    I bet that tastes as good as it looks!

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