Photo by Ziyun Ma
A cozy joint in Fangjia Hutong, this Taiwanese-Kiwi owned spot serves toothsome Taiwanese street food, with a focus on gua bao. Bao, steamed buns filled with meat, vegetables, or both, are a common breakfast in East Asia, munched on the streets of Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan. Gua bao take a thinned-out version of the pillowy bao (bun) and slices it in half, much like a pita. In Taiwan, gua bao are the everyman’s street fare, and Antlers hasn’t changed this winning formula too much. Here, the gua bao are filled with pork, lamb, beef, or red curry tofu, topped with coriander, pickled vegetables, and crushed peanuts or sesame seeds. They’re pretty, delicious and, since Antlers is open late, a satisfying midnight snack.
By Sophie Friedman, AFAR Local Expert