Gua bao is a flavorful dim sum staple that usually consists of braised pork belly stuffed into a soft, fluffy steamed bun. The hand-held treat is sometimes referred to simply as “Bao” and is one of the most popular dishes in Taiwan. But not Gua Bao always Must contain pork belly. Tons of TikTok chefs have given the street food classic their own twist. Check out these five delicious TikTok versions of Gua Bao.
1. BBQ Brisket Bao
TikTok chef @aaronalterman turned some leftover brisket into a delicious bao snack. After he has baked the rolls, fry the brisket and coat it with a little soy sauce. Then he spreads hoisin sauce on the inside of the bun and assembles his bao by adding some cucumber, carrot, and coriander.
2. Huang Men Chicken Gua Bao
TikToker @ its.chloeh places a braised chicken and potato filling, inspired by the traditional Huang Men Ji recipe, into the pillow-shaped bao. Usually the bao bags are plain, but @ its.chloeh covers theirs with a little green onion and oil for a little extra flavor before steaming.
3. Black squid bao with calamari
This black Bao is definitely an eye-catcher! Inspired by Chinese-American musician ZHU, TikToker @ hwoo.lee adds squid ink to the bun recipe to give it its dark color. He fills the bao pockets with fried calamari for a very squid-like snack.
4th Salmon and Egg Gua Bao
This TikTok offers two recipes for the price of one! The first recipe is to pan-fry a mixture of egg, green pepper, soy sauce, garlic paste, and sesame oil. Once the egg is cooked, fold it up like an omelette and place it in your bao for a one-of-a-kind breakfast! In the meantime, the salmon gua bao requires coating the salmon in a Korean marinade and frying it in the pan before putting it in the bun. Yum!
5. Pork belly gua bao
There must be at least one pork belly gua bao recipe on that list. This simple recipe calls for a marinade made from gochujang, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and sugar. TikToker @bamboooyah then coats it on slices of pork belly before pan-frying. Put your cooked pork belly in the bao, top with some cucumber slices and you have a small snack with great flavor.
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