100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, 羅斯福路三段316巷8弄3號 | map | opening: 11am-12am, closed Mondays |
The minute we landed in Taipei we headed straight for Taiwan’s most famous snack – the all mighty Gua Bao. Gua Bao is a pillowy soft steamed bun filled with delicious braised pork topped with coriander and peanuts. Lan Jia in Taipei is the place to go for this heavenly delight. Stay tuned for more Taiwanese dining in the coming weeks.
Lan Jia has a stall at the front of the shop where you pick up your Gua Bao from the nice lady whose arms can move at the speed of light, ensuring that you don’t have to wait in queue for too long. There are some seats at the back if you want to dine in but we took ours to go.
For a mere 55 TWD you can get one of these beauties, it’s basically Taiwan’s version of a sandwich, except a damn sight more tasty than the ones you pick up from the supermarket and much cheaper. Lan Jia’s Gua Bao is one of the best things I tasted in Taiwan and if definitely one not to miss.
The pile of steaming buns in the cold evening air draws you in, she takes one of these, folded in half ready for the glorious braised pork filling, she finishes by topping with coriander and crushed peanuts. You have the option of fatty or lean pork, or half and half which is what we went for.
Lan Jia really know a thing or two about Gua Bao! The bun was wonderfully soft with a hint of sweetness that goes perfectly with the punch you in the face flavour from the braised pork. The mix of fatty and lean is great because you get these tender lean pieces mixed in with the saucy fatty pork. The coriander adds the freshness while the peanuts give it texture.
If you are in Taipei please please visit Lan Jia for the best Gua Bao we tried in Taiwan!