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Found! Taiwanese Hamburger/Taco (Gua Bao)

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mapotofu Feb 16, 2010 06:09 PM

I first tried gua bao in Vancouver, loved them, and was very excited to stumble onto them in Toronto. Here's some other food blog posts on gua bao:

http://hungryintaipei.blogspot.com/2008/08/revisited-i-still-strongly-recommend.html

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/0...

The best gua bao is a brilliant synthesis of flavours and textures...the braised pork belly melts into the steamed bun, the cilantro adds bite, the pickled mustard greens and the sweet peanut sugar act as foils to the fatty pork...I didn't believe the flavours would work as first, until I tried my first in a Vancouver Asian food court.

They're $2 at Jin Cheng bakery at Metro Square on Steeles, along with other reasonably priced Asian bakery treats. Admittedly, the gua bao is just ok: the steamed bun could be fluffier, and the pork is not fatty enough. Worse, there is no cilantro! But the pickled greens had a spicy edge and there was a lot of peanut. As faulty as it may have been, it did the trick for my gua bao craving. I would definitely encourage people to try it, if at least to taste the unexpected blend of flavours. Plus, Jin Cheng has lots of other cheap Asian bakery goods! For $1 each, I also picked up some Taiwanese pineapple pastries that were individually packaged in an attractive little box. Made for good Chinese New Year presents!

Does anyone know where else one can find gua bao in the GTA?

  1. mrsleny Jul 18, 2010 06:26 PM

    Just read about these myself. Does Jin Cheng bakery have a vegetarian version? BaoHaus in NYC has one called: UNCLE JESSE - VEGETARIAN Pan fried organic tofu coated in sweet potato starch topped with our Haus Sauce, cilantro, crushed peanut and Taiwanese red sugar. Sounds really good.

    Also curious as to what Taiwanese red sugar is.

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