Donkey burger
CourseSnack, Side dish
Place of originBaoding and Hejian, China
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsDonkey meat, bread

The donkey burger (Chinese: 驴肉火烧; pinyin: lǘròu huǒshāo) is a kind of sandwich commonly eaten in Baoding and Hejian, Hebei Province, China,[1][2] where it is considered a local specialty, though it may also be found in other parts of China, particularly in northeastern China.[1][3] Chopped or shredded donkey meat or offal is placed within a huǒshāo or shao bing, a roasted, semi-flaky bread pocket,[1] and eaten as a snack or as part of a meal. Hejian style typically serves the meat cold in a warm huoshao while Baoding style serves the meat hot, they both often include green chili-pepper[1] and cilantro leaves. Donkey burger is a popular street food[3] and can also be found on the menus of high-end restaurants.

A well-known saying, especially in Baoding (and elsewhere in Hebei province), is "In Heaven there is dragon meat, on Earth there is donkey meat" (天上龙肉,地上驴肉).

Hejian-style donkey burgers

Donkey burgers have two styles: Baoding style and Hejian style. Baoding style uses round huoshao, while Hejian style uses rectangular huoshao.[4] Also, the inside donkey burgers are different: Baoding style serves hot meat, while Hejian style serves cold meat.[5]

Donkey burgers have been traced to the Ming Dynasty.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Donkey Burger". Atlas Obscura. November 13, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Donkey burger city vows to check fake meat". Xinhua. March 21, 2017. Archived from the original on January 8, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Around the world in 8 tasty hamburgers". CBC. May 28, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "【舌尖上的河北】河北美食"驴肉火烧"". hebradio (in Chinese). February 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Wei, Yiyi (January 8, 2018). "驴肉火烧就是河北美食的巅峰". Weixin (in Chinese).

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