Taiwan: Gua Bao – Pork Belly Buns
We were first introduced to Gua Bao at Momofuku Noodle Bar a few years ago and ever since then have eagerly sought them out. I’d say our first attempt at making them ourselves was a success. We’ve heard some people call these delicious sandwiches the Taiwanese Hamburger and they may be as popular in Taiwan as burgers are here in the US. They are not quite as easy to make as a burger because the pork belly slices have to braise for 2 hours to get melty and tender. A quick crisp on a smoking hot pan gives them some additional texture and flavor. Topped with pickled greens and a sweet peanut powder, this is a recipe that we will definitely go back to.
We used this recipe to make our Gua Bao