Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hamburger of Taiwan!?

A famous Taiwanese food you should try is Gua Bao. It's known as the hamburger of Taiwan.

This type of food is traditional to eat before Chinese New Year. However, you can get it any time of year very easily.

I know I promised a big post about some of the bad that comes with an exchange, BUT I'm sick right now so I don't feel like bitting off more than I can chew. Sorry! Anyway, today is the first day I could actually get myself out of bed, so I'm feeling a little better thankfully! And I got so rewarded for getting out of bed and deciding it was safe to eat again.

My host mother showed me this delectable delight and at first I was unsure about it. Taiwanese food is often hit or miss. She showed me a bag of pork I couldn't really get a clear view of, a bag of peanut powder, and some steaming buns. I wasn't too excited, peanuts with pork? BUT once I put my own "hamburger" together and took a bite from it, wow. Amazing!

The pork is steaming hot and melts in your mouth, there is no bones in the meat; the peanut powder somehow goes really really well with it too.

I'm sick and I can't think, but wow, this is my new favorite Taiwanese food.

Sorry, the food was steaming up the camera lens.

My host mother told me to take a picture of this. That golden thing is an egg, it's there to show size. My host father went to the countryside (taizhong), and his friend give this to him. This is much larger than what it should be. I still don't know what it tastes like. I will show you soon when I find out.

Better picture of Gua Bao

UPDATE: new picture I took the next day:


  1. Ooh, I had forgotten about the gua bao! It really is delicious! I'd love to eat some right now >.< Hahaha

  2. That like so good Michelle. The pork looks delectably good! Now I'm hungry... Ahh.

  3. @ JL
    It's so good. But after eating it everyday for a week and a half, I could go another couple months without it. XD I'm sure I'll miss it in America.

    @ Mom
    You would love this.