Literally translated as Small Basket Buns, Xiao Long Bao (小龍包) are steamed pork buns and are a staple of my daily life in Taipei. Coming in at only 30 NTD (1 dollar!) for five delicious buns these are a budget friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack!

In essence, Xiao Long Bao are your classic, pork steamed buns. Unlike the huge steamed buns you see elsewhere on the street and in the 7-11s here in Taiwan, Xiao Long Bao can be eaten in a couple of bites as they come in a little, fluffy package of pork joy. They taste best when you liberally douse them in the spicy sauce that’s readily available wherever you get them and eat ‘em hot!

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