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Savory Moo Shu Pork with Pancakes: A Flavorful Chinese Delight

Dive into the world of Chinese cuisine with our Moo Shu Pork Pancakes recipe. Packed with flavors and wrapped in soft pancakes, they are a perfect blend of taste and texture.

November 20, 2023
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 45 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 75 mins



For the Moo Shu Pork

  1. Marinate pork. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Add the pork slices and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the eggs. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Pour in the beaten eggs and cook until set. Remove, chop into small pieces, and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add more oil if necessary, and stir-fry the pork until cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add garlic to the pan and sauté for a few seconds. Add the cabbage, carrots, and bamboo shoots. Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender but still crisp.
  5. Return the pork and eggs to the pan with the vegetables. Add green onions and cook for another minute. Keep warm.For the Moo Shu Pancakes
  6. Make the dough. Place flour in a bowl. Gradually stir in boiling water until a dough forms. Knead until smooth.
  7. Roll pancakes. Divide the dough into small balls. Roll each into a thin circle. Brush one half of each pancake with sesame oil.
  8. Heat a non-stick pan. Cook each pancake until lightly browned on both sides for 30-45 seconds.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Moo Shu Pork with Pancakes
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 15 g30%
Total Fat 10 g12.8%
Sodium 300 mg13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Marinate the pork. Allow the pork to marinate for at least 30 minutes to enhance its flavor.
  • Thinly slice pork. Ensure the pork is thinly sliced for quick and even cooking.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables like mushrooms or bell peppers to the stir-fry.
  • Avoid overcooking veggies. Stir-fry the vegetables just until they are tender-crisp to retain their texture and nutrients.
  • You can use homemade or store bought pancakes. If you buy ready made pancakes, use 8-10 Moo Shu pancakes or flour tortillas for this recipe.
  • To make pancakes, roll the pancakes as thinly as possible for an authentic feel. They should be almost translucent.
  • Use a non-stick pan or a well-seasoned cast iron pan for cooking the pancakes to prevent sticking.
  • Serve immediately. Moo Shu Pork is best served hot. Assemble the pancakes right before serving to enjoy the full flavor and texture.
  • Serve extra hoisin sauce on the side for guests to add to their pancakes according to their taste preference.
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Experience the rich flavors of Chinese cuisine right in your kitchen with this Moo Shu Pork Pancakes recipe. A popular dish in Chinese-American cuisine, Moo Shu Pork features stir-fried pork, scrambled eggs, and a medley of vegetables, all wrapped in a thin pancake.

Get ready for a culinary experience that brings together delicious ingredients in every bite.

Origin of Moo Shu Pork

Moo Shu Pork has its origins in northern Chinese cuisine, especially around Beijing. Originally, it involved pork and a mix of vegetables served with thin pancakes, believed to have begun during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The name "Moo Shu" (sometimes spelled "Mu Xu") comes from a type of osmanthus-flowering tree, which has no direct relation to the ingredients or preparation of the dish.

In Western countries, especially the United States, Chinese immigrants popularized Moo Shu Pork. It adapted over time to local tastes, often including scrambled eggs, cabbage, carrots, and bamboo shoots in American-Chinese versions. This twist adds color, flavor, and nutrition to the dish.

Now a global favorite, Moo Shu Pork is found in Chinese restaurants worldwide. It's known for its unique flavor and interactive pancake-wrapping. While pork is traditional, variations include chicken, beef, or tofu for vegetarians. This adaptability keeps Moo Shu a beloved choice for those who enjoy Chinese cuisine, offering a delightful piece of culinary history at the table.

How Do You Eat Moo Shu Pancakes?

Moo Shu pancakes is a delightful and interactive experience, often enjoyed as part of a communal meal. Here’s how you can enjoy them in the traditional way:

  • Prepare Your Plate: Typically, Moo Shu Pork is served family-style, with the pancakes and the stir-fried mixture placed in separate dishes on the table.
  • Take a Pancake: Start by taking a Moo Shu pancake. These pancakes are thin and pliable, making them perfect for wrapping.
  • Add the Filling: Spoon a modest amount of the Moo Shu pork mixture onto the pancake. The amount should be enough to fill the pancake when rolled but not so much that it becomes difficult to wrap.
  • Add Sauces (Optional): If desired, you can add a small amount of hoisin sauce or other condiments on top of the filling for added flavor.
  • Roll the Pancake: Fold the pancake over the filling, tucking in the sides as you roll, much like you would with a burrito or a wrap. The goal is to enclose the filling so it can be eaten with your hands.
  • Eat and Enjoy: Once rolled, eat the Moo Shu pancake with your hands. It’s meant to be a casual and satisfying experience, combining the soft texture of the pancake with the savory, flavorful filling.

What To Serve with Moo Shu Pork?

Moo Shu Pork is a great way to enjoy the rich flavors of Chinese cuisine while sharing a meal with friends or family.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Moo Shu Pork Pancakes:

How To Store Moo Shu Pork?

Storing Moo Shu Pork correctly ensures that it retains its flavor and texture for later enjoyment. Here's how to properly store the cooked pork and pancakes:

Storing the Moo Shu Pork Filling:

  • Cool Down: Allow the Moo Shu Pork filling to cool to room temperature. Do not leave it out for more than 2 hours to avoid bacterial growth.
  • Airtight Container: Transfer the cooled mixture into an airtight container. This helps to keep it fresh and prevents it from absorbing any odors from the refrigerator.
  • Refrigeration: Store the container in the refrigerator. The Moo Shu Pork filling can be kept for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing Option: If you need to store it for a longer period, you can freeze the filling. Place it in a freezer-safe container or a zip-lock bag. It can last for up to 2-3 months in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Storing the Pancakes:

  • Cool Completely: Ensure that the pancakes have cooled completely to avoid moisture build-up in the container.
  • Separate with Parchment Paper: If stacking the pancakes, place a sheet of parchment paper between each to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Airtight Container or Plastic Bag: Store the pancakes in an airtight container or a sealed plastic bag to keep them from drying out.
  • Refrigerate or Freeze: Pancakes can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. For longer storage, freeze them in a freezer-safe bag for up to 1 month. Reheat directly from frozen or after thawing in the refrigerator.


  • Filling: Reheat the Moo Shu Pork filling in a skillet over medium heat until it is heated through. You can also use the microwave, but stir occasionally to ensure even heating.
  • Pancakes: Steam the pancakes or warm them in a microwave covered with a damp paper towel to keep them soft. If frozen, you can directly steam them without thawing.

By storing and reheating Moo Shu Pork and pancakes correctly, you can maintain their quality and enjoy this delicious dish even on a busy day.

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