Discovering the Best Taiwanese Pork Buns

Wanting to try another “supposedly” famous frog egg store, we found ourselves back near Chen San in Gongguan (公館 / gong guan). Gongguan is a hotspot for food thanks to the nearby National Taiwan University (臺灣大學 / tai wan da xue). Since we were in the area, we decided to knock out a nearby guabao place off our list at the same time called Lan Jia Traditional Taiwanese Snack (藍家割包 / lan jia ge bao).

Lan Jia serves a variety of dishes, but primarily is known for their guabao. Here’s a look at their menu:

We ordered three dishes: a noodle soup, a meat dumpling (肉粽 / rou zong), and a lean guabao (瘦肉割包 / shou rou ge bao).

Here’s a more artistic view of the dishes.

This is what their lean guabao looks like up close.

All of their dishes were great, but their guabao was particularly amazing. For starters, the bun was not overly dry or soggy. The pork had a nice salty and fatty flavor that was offset by the sweetness of the candied peanuts (糖花生 / tang hua sheng) and the sourness of the pickled vegetables (泡菜 / pao cai).

In terms of guabao rankings, I would have to say Lan Jia Traditional Taiwanese Snack ranks at the top.

If you’re in the area and looking for a good cheap eat and/or love yourself a guabao, check out Lan Jia Traditional Taiwanese Snack in Gongguan district.

藍家割包 (Lan Jia Traditional Taiwanese Snack)

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