Gua Bao Buns (and possibly more) Take Out Option Now Available in Dupont Circle

2024 P Street, NW

From an email:

“I am happy to announce as owner/dishwasher of DC’s premier meatball food truck, Ball or Nothing, the opening of a new takeout option in Dupont Circle called Beer And Welding. Starting this Thursday, Beer and Welding will be serving Gua Bao buns out of the back sandwich station in Oasis Mart (2024 P ST N.W.). Featuring pork belly, veggie and chicken confit Gua Bao style buns, aka Bao or Nothing, will be serving four nights a week starting Thursday, 11/14.

Brass tacks: Searching for an easy, low cost and interesting way to do something different, I approached the brothers who own Oasis Mart about trying out some ideas I’d been considering. Having gotten to know these lovely men when I cooked at Mark and Orlando’s some years ago, they agreed to let me use their back deli counter/sandwich station in the evenings. True gentlemen.

Which leads to the buns. Since I tried my first pork bun at Momofuku in 2006, I was hooked. What a wonderful thing! The creativity those buns inspire! Yet, the dream to do buns was set aside so I could focus on balls.

But the bun mistress returned, as food mistresses tend to do in every cook’s life. So while we are starting out this Thursday with delicious Gua Bao buns, our gaze may drift and we may find ourselves serving tacos, or sandwiches, or oysters (well, probably not oysters). Meanwhile, the meatball truck will still be serving lunches.

Details: Thursdays, Friday. 5-9:30. Saturday and Sunday 12-9:30. We will be serving Gua Bao out of Oasis Mart. The three starting options will be $4 a pop. Everyone I’ve fed them to — including, entirely, of My Mother, sister, brother in law, my niece, not my nephew, and those I’m paying — agree these buns are delicious!

As a fun, low-key side project, please forgive Beer And Welding’s lack of basic social and informational sources. There is no web site or facebook page. We are working on this. On twitter, we can be found @BeerAndWelding.”

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