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CaptCrunch Nov 19, 2013 03:41 PM

I'm surprisingly having a hard time finding places that specialise in Gua Bao in MTL.

I went to NY this summer and just missed trying Baohaus (no biggie but I really wanted to try different types of Gua Bao) and since then I've developed a bit of an obsession I fear.

Anybody has a good address? (somewhere accessible by metro is preferred! )

  1. SnackHappy Nov 19, 2013 06:33 PM

    I think the reason you might be having a hard time finding a place specializing in gua bao is that there aren't any. There are a few places doing gua bao or some kind of David Chang-inspired riff on the dish, but I'd be highly surprised if there was a place in town focusing specifically on this snack.

    Satay Brothers has already been mentioned. TKrestobar does a version. I'm pretty sure Cartel Street Food used to do them, but they seem to have been taken off the menu. There are probably a couple more "funky" and "urban" places that do them, as well.

    AFAIK, none of the very few Taiwanese places in town make gua bao.

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      CaptCrunch Nov 20, 2013 06:56 AM

      Thanks for the answer! I've seen a few trendy places handle them but I've always wonder if there were some nook and crany restaurant serving "original" versions and whatnots.

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        Plateaumaman Nov 22, 2013 12:33 PM

        I'm pretty sure there is a vegetarian version of this at Su Shian Yuang (which is Taiwanese). And the one at Satay Brothers is really good. Mei Restaurant has something a bit similar too, also vegetarian.

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          hala Nov 24, 2013 05:27 AM

          I thought of the one at Mei but didn't suggest it even though it's delicious because it's more of a crunchy baked bread that was split open and stuffing was added. By the way, what is the black seed on top with the sesame? Is it black cumin?

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            Ghostquatre Nov 24, 2013 08:21 AM

            probably poppy

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              SnackHappy Nov 24, 2013 09:06 AM

              It's definitely not poppy. The seeds are the wrong shape and size. It's more likely black cumin or nigella.

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              ponyup Nov 24, 2013 03:04 PM

              the black seeds are also sesame. black sesame.

      2. hala Nov 19, 2013 05:01 PM

        Is gua bao similar to the steamed buns made by Satay Brothers?

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          CaptCrunch Nov 20, 2013 06:55 AM

          Yep! That's basically it!

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            hala Nov 20, 2013 04:44 PM

            The Satay Brothers version is delicious.

        2. kpzoo Nov 19, 2013 03:47 PM

          To save others from a bit of Googling, apparently it's a Taiwanese dish:

          http://eatst.foodnetwork.ca/blog/what...

          I have no idea whether you can find this here - not sure how strong our Taiwanese community is - but maybe others know.

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            williej Nov 19, 2013 03:47 PM

            I googled Gua Bao because I had no idea what it was. So it is a Taiwanese speciality so are you looking for Taiwanese restaurants?

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              CaptCrunch Nov 20, 2013 06:53 AM

              I always tought "Gua Bao" were simply "Bao" until I realised that there were many types of Bao (xiao long bao is a soup dumpling for example)

              Well, I'm looking for the Taiwanese speciality or a good variation made elsewhere. It's becoming somewhat trendy in the states in food trucks so I was thinking someone else might have taken the initiative here.

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                humbert Nov 26, 2013 12:07 PM

                I HIGHLY suggest Gado Gado on Mackay.

                They call them ''Bakpao Gapit | 6 | Steamed buns, braised pork belly or vegetarian''

                The pork belly one was one of the best things I have ever ever tried! And the other food on the menu is fantastic too.

                Now I am hoping to get to Toronto to go to the restaurant ''Banh Mi Boys''....youtube it!

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                  CaptCrunch Nov 26, 2013 12:59 PM

                  Thank you!

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                    humbert Nov 26, 2013 01:10 PM

                    No problem! The chicken skin is also excellent, and I love the papaya salad. The main I enjoyed the most is Gulai Kambing | 15 | Spiced lamb curry and Rendang Daging | 15 | West Sumatra braised beef....

                    He said you could also do a tasting menu...perhaps he could include some Bao in there......

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