A must try Tangbao 湯包

I know that you`re curious about it, am I right?

Tangbao or soup buns is one of the most popular dumplings here in Taiwan that was originated in China.

If you are a food lover why not try this food when you travel in Taiwan. Stores are located around cities, near schools or universities, houses, markets and night markets.

Tangbao is made up of thin tender skin bun filling with meat, seafood or vegetables alongside the savory broth. You can enjoy whichever flavor you choose however there are many kinds of dumplings around Taiwan. For me, I’m familiar with four flavors which are;

1. Xiǎo lóng tāng bāo 小籠湯包 or pork soup bun- The best seller dumpling among others. This is a must try food choice, I’m pretty sure you love it. Thin skin, juicy filling with selected premium meats.

Xiǎo lóng tāng bāo or soup bun dumpling
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Xiǎo lóng tāng bāo or soup bun dumpling
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2.Beef soup bun 牛肉湯包 – in my observation this flavor is popular to younger Taiwanese people they love to buy this than the other flavor. Filled with pure beef and hand-picked tendons and mix with butter golden ratio. The skin is slightly embellished with fine black tea powder.

Beef soup bun 牛肉湯包
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Beef soup bun 牛肉湯包
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3. Shrimp flavor dumpling- A must-try food choice but some are allergic to shrimp.  Thin skin, juicy filling and carefully selected premium meats.

Shrimp flavor
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Shrimp Flavor
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4. Scallion flavor dumpling- Onion lovers here we go a must-try food choice. Thin skin, juicy filling and carefully selected premium meats and green onions.

Green onions flavor
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Green onions flavor
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They can be dip on soy sauce with ginger and scallion also chili sauce to taste.

Scallion
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Young ginger
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Chili sauce
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This food can be eaten for breakfast, lunch snack or for dinner. But for Taiwanese people they preferred to eat this during winter season because of it’s newly cook to serve and of course hot.

This is how they cook, they used bamboo pottery to steamed the Tangbao to maintain the firmness and texture of the bun. I think 9 minutes is the maximum time for cooking.

Cooking burner of the Tangbao
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Tangbao Store

Sample of store here in Hukou, Hsinchu serving all the flavor i mention above but all is takeout style, open around 6am to 11am only. Mostly is for breakfast only.

Some dumplings company are offering franchised to have your own business. They tackle training and support to put up the business.

Websites for franchised: http://bit.ly/ZhuenghuaTangbao

If you want to know more about Tangbao please visit my YouTube channel just click this link; http://bit.ly/xiaolongbaoAuroraVlog

By: Aurora Sun

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