The pork belly bun-as-bar snack has sprinted from being a novelty to a local cliché, but its ubiquity only underscores why Chino's gua bao deserves a spot on our list of 100 Favorite Dishes.
Nestled in a spongy bun with a Pac-Man-esque maw, the walloping hunk of flavorful pork that makes the menu's offer of a tofu substitution laughable is fabulously moist. It's fatty in all the right places, and carries a touch of swine sweetness. The meat's capped with a knot of cilantro and just enough crushed peanuts to bring a backbeat of crunch to the pliant sandwich.
The Capitol Hill bar this week revised its menu to emphasize its Mexican leanings and give guests more entree-sized options, but here's hoping there aren't any changes made to this small Asian plate.