刮包 Gua Bao (taiwanese burger): HELP!
- inmandarin Jan 18, 2008 04:26 PM
does anybody know where i can find a really good version of 刮包 (gua bao) anywhere??
刮包 (gua bao) - aka "taiwanese burger." it's a taiwanese street snack that consists of stew pork (both fatty & lean), pickled cabbage, cilantro, and peanut/sugar powder in a fresh steamed bun.
i assume most (if any) taiwanese places that'd serve this would be in SGV/Temple City/etc. I'm just not sure where.
any help will be greatly appreciated!
If this Yi-Mei is the same as "Ye May" on Valley, and i'm 99% sure it is, please pass go and do not collect.
easily the most horrendous rendition of all things Taiwanese including, but not limited to: bad egg omelette, bad bao, bad mi jiang, bad oyster pancake, you name it, they'll EFF it up.
an often forgotten restaurant which serves this bao cold everyday for breakfast:
snappy review and pix:
for a bao that's quicker than MCDs mcmuffin, this is a fine fine version.
I don't think many people noticed, but a little over a year ago the "Yi Mei" by the San Gabriel Superstore on Valley changed to "Yee May." I wouldn't be surprised if that name change reflected new ownership, and could explain why the food there is currently not up to the old Yi Mei, or the Yi Mei in Rowland Heights.
The Yei Mei in Rowland Heights is still good, although Four Seas have better seating area and less of a zoo.
I've kind of seen the bun mentioned on the display case at Yei Mei, but usually it's wrapped in the flaky pastry (shao bing), not the white doughy buns, and certainly never sugar/peanut powder. Do they really have the gua bao too?
I had it at Yi Mei recently, but didn't know what it was called. It was the first time I've had it, so I don't have anything to go by, but it was delicious.
They warmed it for me and the bun was sweet and soft and the pork inside was so tender it practically melted. It's also pretty fatty, so probably not the healthiest thing to eat. I liked the sweet sauce that they smear on the inside.
Along with Yi-mei, I've seen 'em at:
Ding Pangzi: 115-117 N. Lincoln Ave. (nr. Garfield & Garvey), Monterey Park
Mei-lin Tou-chiang: 1257 E. Valley Blvd. (nr. Lee's Sandwiches), Alhambra
Can't give a recommendation since I haven't tried 'em...can't get past the regular bao.