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The Art of Roujiamo

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DylanLK | | Mar 19, 2010 05:43 PM

The name of the thing says it all: rou jia mo, meat stuffed in bread. It's sometimes listed on menus as "Chinese hamburger," which is fitting. At its most basic, it's braised pork, or lamb, or beef, or dog or whatever, stuffed inside baked flatbread (baked in an oven, an oil drum, a clay oven), with anything else (cilantro, raw green peppers, chili oil).

It's a simple thing that doesn't inspire the same devotion as some other Chinese snacks. So, who's a roujiamo connoisseur and where are the best ones in Vancouver?

-- Xi'an Xiaochi 西安小吃 at Richmond Public Market makes my favorite, but there's still something lacking. It's completely simple. Braised pork with a slight anise-y flavour, a good mix of fat and lean. And fat, puffy bread.

-- Lumingchun Food Company 鹿鸣春 -- 西安味道小吃 in the Yaohan food court makes a version, too. I think I'll give them the authenticity points, since the final product looks a lot closer to a Chinese street side version. They offer a choice of pork, lamb, or beef, and the choice of cilantro or raw peppers. I usually get the pork version, loaded up with green pepper, and it's the closest thing in town to the real deal.

I've heard Crystal Mall has a few places that have it, too, but I haven't tried them yet.

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Crystal Mall
4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H2A9, CA

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