Ba-wan (traditional Chinese: 肉圓; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: bah-ôan; literally "meat circle") is a Taiwanese snack food, consisting of a disk-shaped translucent dough filled with a savory stuffing and served with a sweet and savory sauce. The stuffing varies widely according to different regions in Taiwan, but usually consists of a mixture of pork, bamboo shoots, and shiitake mushrooms. Changhua-style ba-wan is considered to be the "standard" ba-wan as it is the most famous and most widely imitated of all styles of ba-wan. The gelatinous dough is made of a combination of corn starch, sweet potato starch, and rice flour, which gives it its chewy, sticky, and gelatinous texture and a grayish translucent hue. Ba-wan are initially cooked by steaming; however, they may also be served after being deep fried to give them a "skin" or gently poached in oil to heat them without drying them out.
It is believed that ba-wan were first prepared in the Beidou township of Taiwan by a student by the name Fàn Wànjū (范萬居) as food for disaster relief during the late Qing dynasty (1644 – 1912), when the Beidou region was struck by heavy floods. Since then, ba-wan had spread to different regions of Taiwan and is now considered by many as a national food.
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