Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gua Bao 掛包: One-handed Taiwanese Sandwich!


Gua-bao掛包 are like mantou 饅頭 in sandwich-able shapes.  They're usually served with pork, sprouts, and pickled veggies; we made 'em vegetarian by using vege-patties and adding more vegetables :D

They're great for a quick lunch or dinner.  If you don't have access to pre-made 掛包 you can make your own the same way you make mantou, just make a flat oval shape and fold it over itself instead of making a very long strip and rolling it up and cutting.  There's a handy tutorial on how to make mantou here.  It is ridiculously easy -- we used to make them back in the states.  We'd make TONNES at a time and freeze 'em for later.  It was a great family activity during the long Minnesotan winters ^o^

The key to making these delicious is keeping the filling relatively dry, so make sure you drain the sauteed veggies and pickled greens!



Ingredients:
Gua Bao, steamed
Pickled mustard greens, chopped and sauteed with a little sugar and mushroom (optional)
Cabbage, chopped and sauteed with mushrooms and carrots and drained of juices
Protein of choice (we used veg-meat patties, but firm tofu or similar would be great too!
Peanut powder (I wanna try it with kinako/toasted soy flour!)

Directions:
1. Make a sandwich.
2. Eat the sandwich.
OM NOM NOM NOM.