80yo Street Vendor Earns Place On Coveted Michelin List

This 80-year-old Taiwanese street vendor who sells his steamed buns for less than 2 GBP has been given a place on the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand list.

Street vendor Wu Huang-yi has been selling his pork belly steamed buns at the Huaxi Street Night Market in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, for over 20 years and has now been recognised by Michelin.

Mr Wu, 80, says everything about the food he serves at his stall is handmade and he still gets to the market every day at 5 am to choose the best pork belly before stewing it for hours in his special marinade and blend of ingredients.

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Wu Huang-yi opened his food stall in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1967

The elderly chef says he follows tradition in his techniques, which is why his buns taste so good, being both soft and chewy.

His guabao buns are sold for under 2 USD (1.5 GBP) apiece and his family, including his three children and grandson, all help him out on the stall.

He has been cooking for over 50 years, with his first stall opening in 1967.

Guabaos are flat buns which are steamed and stuffed with slow-cooked meat, coriander, ground peanuts and vegetables.

The Bib Gourmand list features eateries where diners can expect a high-quality three-course meal for under a certain price, in Taiwan’s case 1,000 (25 GBP).

Taiwan now has over 200 restaurants with Bib Gourmand status, including eight street stalls.

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Wu Huang-yi’s Yuanfang Guabao eatery at Huaxi Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan

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Story By: Alex CopeSub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash

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