Citizens, Happy New Year to you all! Let’s kick off 2017 properly with a delicious and classic street food from Taiwan, shall we? 🙂
Gua bao – literally: “cut bread” are also known as steamed bao, pork belly buns, or ambiguously, bao.
They are a Taiwanese snack food consisting of a slice of stewed meat and other condiments sandwiched between flat steamed bread.
The steamed bread is typically 6–8 centimetres (2.4–3.1 in) in size, semi-circular and flat in form, with a horizontal fold that, when opened, gives the appearance that it has been sliced.
The traditional filling for gua bao is a slice of red-cooked pork belly, typically dressed with stir-fried suan cai (pickled mustard greens), cilantro, and ground peanuts.
The food is known colloquially in parts of Taiwan as hó͘-kā-ti (虎咬豬; “tiger bites pig”) due to the mouth-like form of the bun and the contents of the filling. Gua bao are also called “Taiwanese hamburgers
This Taiwanese street side snack is delicious and the soft steamed buns make it impossible to just stop at one.
The good thing is you can make the buns, the pork and the pickle way in advance, which makes the process less stressful. The buns can be made even a week in advance and they just need to be stored in the refrigerator. Just re-steam before use and they would be as good as fresh.
My version of this classic recipe of course utilizes the TFD trademark of ruthless authenticity sprinkled with my own particular tweaks!
Battle on – The Generalissimo