Due to the influences of many local factors, including climate, economy, and culture, people in Shaanxi province have acquired some unique features in their basic necessities of life, which are collectively called the "ten strange wonders in Shaanxi."
Pancakes are as large as caldron covers
It is said that when Qian Mausoleum was built during the Tang Dynasty, workers in the capacity of soldiers on active duty were frequently punished due to delays in construction progress arising from having meals. To save time, a solider put the dough in his helmet and placed the helmet over fire to bake the dough into a pancake.
Nowadays, to prepare a Shaanxi-styled pancake, one uses a wood rolling pin to knead the dough to make it very hard and then bake it in a caldron as large as two-thirds of a meter slowly. A pancake thus made. It smells sweet and tastes delicious and can be kept for a long time.