For who ? Those that wish to uncover the fifth arrondissement with Taiwanese sauce
Cult dish? Pork gua bao
A 3-minute stroll from rue Mouffetard, within the coronary heart of the Latin Quarter, hides a turquoise facade with misted glass. The handle, doll’s home model, is of the Polly Pocket style: twelve place settings tucked in with the forceps. Dim lighting, meticulous welcome, extraordinarily type… By her open kitchen (3m2 to die for), the younger Taiwanese chef Christina Huang revisits the road meals of her nation, with gastronomic precision.
For having gone to Taiwan and having sanded all of the eating places and evening markets, from Taipei to Kahosiung through Tainan and Lukang, I can assure it to you: its gua bao (€8.50 every, and now restricted to 1 per individual !) are one of the best I’ve ever eaten. Succulent brioche buns, handmade right here (dough included: extraordinarily uncommon in Paris). Steamed in a bamboo basket, garnished with marinated then sautéed mustard greens and finely crushed peanuts, they’re stuffed both, as within the authentic recipe, with melt-in-your-mouth braised pork stomach (simmered 5 lengthy hours)… Or fried hen – which you may as well select to grill individually (€5.50 for a small portion, €11 for a big one). The meat is delicate inside, properly garlicky and crispy exterior, a deal with!
The opposite curiosity of the handle are these fusion pastries full of gorgeous precision. That evening, sniff! No extra wulong tea tiramisu, or crispy cabbage full of espresso cream (€9). We fall again on a crunchy do-it-yourself shortbread, topped with a well-balanced lemon cream and a fried shiso leaf. To guzzle? Native binouzes and uncommon native teas (€8-12). And if not, if you happen to’ve learn this far, you have not misplaced every thing: zaoka means “kitchen” in Taiwanese Chinese language. Bonus present to shine in society!
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