刈包 Taiwanese Burger

Taiwanese Burger

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Taiwanese burger has oval bun which is filled with braised pork, Chinese sauerkraut, coriander and powdered peanut.

Where is it from?

Taiwanese burger is adapted from Fuzhou food. The way of eating Taiwanese burger is similar to that of a Western burger. That’s how it got the name. The bun of Taiwanese burger is oval. Inside of the bun, braised pork, Chinese sauerkraut, coriander, powdered peanut and other fillings are added. Nowadays, other than braised pork, red yeast and chicken fillets are also great options. Adding these new flavors shows Taiwanese’s creativity.

How do you prepare it?

It is a custom in Taiwan to eat Taiwanese burgers at a year-end party on lunar calendar of every December 16th. Because its shape looks like a mouth of a tiger and a wallet full of money, to eat Taiwanese burger means to eat all the bad things over the year. On the other hand, Taiwanese burger is a food for certain festivals, so it is not served anytime or everywhere.

Where do you buy it?

Some Taiwanese night markets have been selling Taiwanese burgers for a long time. The most popular Taiwanese burgers are sold in Gogguan Night market, Taipei City.

刈包

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刈包又可稱為「割包」或「掛包」,因為其形狀及內餡似老虎的嘴,又稱「虎咬豬」。「刈包」由福州小吃改良而來。其吃法與西式漢堡相似,有「臺式漢堡」之美名。

刈包的麵體呈長橢圓扁形,對摺夾入滷五花肉、酸菜、香菜、花生粉等內餡。其中麵皮鬆軟香甜,滷肉軟嫩入味、肥而不膩,酸菜鹹香、酸度適中,添加花生粉、香菜後,香氣十足。除傳統刈包外,現另有將滷五花肉改成紅糟肉、雞排等改良式刈包,別有一番風味,充分顯現台灣人的創意。

臺灣每年農曆12月16日尾牙有吃刈包的習俗,因形狀類似老虎嘴以及飽滿的錢包,因此象徵有將一整年不好的事通通吃掉的意味。刈包因為是特定節日的美食,所以不是隨時隨地都可吃到,不過有些夜市長年販售此美食,尤以台北公館的刈包最有名。

參考資料來源:

  • 台灣美食文化網 http://taiwanfoodculture.net/ct.asp?xItem=48256&ctNode=2688&mp=1502
  • 台灣美食文化網 http://taiwanfoodculture.net/ct.asp?xItem=48075&ctNode=2660&mp=1501
  • 維基百科 http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%89%B2%E5%8C%85
  • 愛評網 http://www.ipeen.com.tw/shop/22440-%E8%97%8D%E5%AE%B6%E5%89%B2%E5%8C%85
  • 台灣美食文化網 http://taiwanfoodculture.net/ct.asp?xItem=67566&ctNode=2660&mp=1501
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