If you’re tired of eating baozi (包子) and shengjianbao (生煎包), head over to Cheng Zu at the corner of Chongqing Rd. and Xiangyang Rd. and have a taste of xie ke huang (蟹殼黃). This is similar to the baozi except the filling is seasoned fatty meat and green onions and the bun is cooked in an oven and the top is covered in sesame seeds. The snack food supposedly originated in Shanghai and gets its name from its resemblance to a cooked crab shell.
These delicious crispy roasted stuffed buns cost NT$45 each at this takeout-only vendor that has been in business for 70 years. Cheng Zu doesn’t provide napkins, so bring your own to enjoy this snack while you walk around town.