Gua bao with sweet potato ‘belly’

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr 30

Appears in
Jackfruit and Blue Ginger

By Sasha Gill

Published 2019

  • About

Originally from Taiwan, gua bao is a popular street food whose fame has spread rapidly, thanks in part to Momofuku. Here’s my spin on it: a balancing act of succulent sweet potato ‘belly’, briny pickle and crunchy peanuts.


  • ¾ cup (185 ml) lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


First make the bun dough. In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar and yeast and set aside until frothy, about 5 minutes. Sift in the flour, then add the salt, baking powder and oil. Knead until the dough comes together, then tip it out onto a countertop and knead for about 7 minutes, until it forms a smooth elastic ball. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a