Pork Belly Bao, Great Bao

Seek out foods that ensure the Year of the Dragon is happy, healthy and wealthy. Pork represents abundance, and in chef Sheridan Su’s tiny kitchen, pork belly is king. Roasted until it nearly melts in the airy rice flour bun, the belly is dressed with mustard greens and peanuts (also an auspicious ingredient). $3.25, in Touch Salon & Spa, 4965 W. Tropicana Ave., 900-2168, GreatBao.com.

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