刈包/虎咬豬 Gua Bao. Gua Bao has become a sensation now I believe it all thanks to the Bao restaurant in London that introduced this Taiwanese street food to Europe. It is so popular in Taiwan that it also been called “Taiwanese burger.” Locals call it “刈包 Gua Bao” or “虎咬豬 tiger biting pig” because the bun is like an open mouth of a tiger literally biting a piece of pork. The original ingredients are braised pork belly Taiwanese style, pickled Chinese mustard, sweetened peanut powder, and fresh coriander leaves. Sandwich the pork, pickled mustard and coriander leaves in the folded bun then sprinkle peanut powder as desired. What makes this bun so delicious is not just the puffy-soft bun, but the juicy, tender pork braised so long that fat is all melted except the attractive nutty brown skin; the pickled mustard and coriander leaves perfectly balanced the pork with sour and citrus-like freshness, while the sweet peanut powder just elevates the whole taste to next level! I’ve seen many creative versions of Gua Bao fillings, but the traditional Taiwanese style is always my favorite. Yummy! .
Traveling around the world, I’ve seen how those Chinese take out mislead people’s perception about Chinese food. Wok fried, heavy seasoned with soy sauce and MSG, cornstarch thickened at all time is not authentic Chinese cooking. Real Chinese cuisine is mastering selections of fresh ingredients, seasonings, various cooking methods to deliver genuine taste of food that wow your taste buds. I’m no Michelin chef but someone who knows how authentic Chinese cuisine should taste like. Welcome to my dinning table and enjoy the real Chinese food. Bon appétit!