Saturday, March 26, 2011
A while back I blogged about a local pizza-by-the-slice business that was making out like Gangbusters. They fronted on a busy street that had lots of foot traffic, and they were near a bus stop that was never empty. Not only that but the pizza was delicious...the owners must have done "Tampopo"-type research on the recipe. And it was cheap! My guess is that they sold the pizza for cost and made their money on the drinks. Pretty smart.
I wish somebody would sell crepes like that. I love crepes, and they're perfect for eating on the run. Watch the video above, which shows how Parisian street crepes are made. They're cheap to make and can rival sit-down restaurants for quality when they're made right.
It helps if crepe vendors put on a show. This guy is selling pancakes in India, and I'll bet he gets huge crowds.
Er...maybe I'm splitting hairs here, but I'll digress to say that crepes aren't exactly pancakes. They're thin and buttery, and don't rise like pancakes because they don't contain yeast. It's a different experience. A crepe is a thoroughbred among pancakes. With the right handling they're serious gourmet food.
Crepes Suzettes, the crepes that are made with cognac and set on fire are, after all, just orange-flavored crepes. You can make this dish cheap at home with recipes from the internet. If you don't have Grand Marnier or Cointreau try brandy, which is a lot cheaper, but which may not contain enough alcohol to burn. The TV cook Alto Brown claims it doesn't matter because the crepes taste better if doused with booze and not set on fire.
Come to think of it, Crepes Suzettes could be street food too, minus the alcohol. They still taste really good, alcohol or no.
Am I thinking about dumping cartooning in order to sell crepes on the street? Nope, no way. I just wish someone else would do it so I could get some good, cheap food.
P.S. Here's a fascinating variation on the classic recipe. It sounds like it could work.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 1:37 AM