Northeastern 东北 cuisine is known to be heavy, salty, oily, flour based, and generally unrefined. My friend told me that someone here told her that that was the reason why the Manchurians invaded China and established the long Qing dynasty. They wanted better food. Ah, food can be such a motivator!
In my crazy jet lagged condition, I wandered into the street in front of my residence at 6:00 AM to find a bustling street market. I was on a quest to find breakfast that would not inflict bowel movement on my tired and not quite acclimated body.
Usually street vendors should not be a place to get a first meal in a foreign country, but this bing 饼,savory pancake, vendor looked like such a typical Northeastern spot that I just had to try it.