Gua Bao (a.k.a. pork belly buns) are pretty huge in Taiwan, and having just eaten one, it’s very easy to see why.

It consists of tender pork, pickled mustard greens, cilantro, and crushed peanuts on an ultra-fluffy bun.  It’s delicious.  That’s not my opinion; that’s a fact.

Pork Belly Bun in Taipei

The one I had — from a restaurant called Song Shan Gua Bao (as usual, there’s no English name or sign) — isn’t even one of the more well-known versions in Taipei, so I can only imagine how good those must be.

Pork Belly Bun in Taipei

Everything about it is delicious: the tender, fatty pork is balanced quite nicely by the mustard greens and the cilantro, the peanuts add a nice nutty flavour, and the sweet bun holds it all together so well.  It’s a perfect sandwich.

AddressNo. 179, Songshan Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110

How to find it: As I mentioned, there’s zero English, so hopefully they’re making a bun as you walk by, otherwise it might be easy to miss.  It’s just north of the intersection of Songshan Road and Yongji Road.

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