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Off the Beaten Plate: Ham and Corn Bun at Formosa Bakery

December 19, 2013

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Ham and Corn Bun, an original recipe from Formosa Bakery, 2201 W. 25th St.

Ham and Corn Bun, an original recipe from Formosa Bakery, 2201 W. 25th St.

Shredded Pork Bun and the Ham and Corn Bun sold at the Taiwanese bakery on 25th and Iowa. Buns are $1.50 each.

Shredded Pork Bun and the Ham and Corn Bun sold at the Taiwanese bakery on 25th and Iowa. Buns are $1.50 each.

You’re not going to find these Asian breads by accident. Located in a small, plain and obscure joint behind Office Depot on 25th and Iowa, Formosa Bakery is a hidden trove of unique Taiwanese-prepared buns.

Sweet or savory, and sometimes both, the freshly baked soft bread acts as a shallow bowl holding chopped ham and corn, with a light mixture of tomato sauce, cheddar cheese and creamy mayo in the center. Other bun options include shredded pork, taro, cream, red bean and black sesame, garlic and ham, coconut, and sweet onion.

Open since August, this bakery sells breads and pastries, both unique and conventional, prepared differently from many traditional baked goods, with less sugar and no preservatives, resulting in a lighter and smoother texture.

Where to get it: Formosa Bakery, 2201 W. 25th St.

What you’ll pay: $1.50 each

Try it with: Puffs, for dessert: crunchy almond cookies with a custard filling.

Also on the menu: Along with these exotic Asian buns, Formosa provides typical bakery fare like custard, pudding, cookies, madeleines, cheesecake and assortments of layered, rolled and “pillow” cakes.

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