|Gua bao from Yummy Kitchen, Houston, TX|
In counting down her mandated list of 100 Favorite dishes for the Houston Press Eating Our Words blog, Katharine Shilcutt places the gua bao from Yummy Kitchen at #37, and she was kind enough to credit me. Do I like gua bao? Yes, indeed, when it's done right. I've surveyed quite a few. The (in)famous pork belly buns from Momofuku actually try to blur the definition between gua bao and Peking duck (which isn't too far of a stretch, as some places serve the same soft buns with Peking duck, rather than the laborious crepes).
|Another look at the local beauty. The contrast in flavors and textures is really what makes things work.|
|Kiki Cafe's gua bao offering.|
Gua bao variants exist in myriad forms. I've seen "healthy" gua bao that use pulled pork (essentially removing the fatty layers from the belly). Even high end gua bao.
|Gua bao, Bellagio, Greenhills, Mandaluyong, MM, Philippines.|
|Gua bao, Ha-Yuan, various locations, Manila, Philippines|
Wait, did she call me a belly pusher? She has no idea...