The aroma of baked goods wafts out of a back alley at the Sinjhuang Night Market and leads visitors to the Lao Shun Xiang Bakery, which has been baking guang bing, also known as Chinese bagels, for over a century.
Guang bing were created in the Ming Dynasty, when General Qi Jiguang fought Japanese pirates along China’s east coast. They were issued to soldiers as rations because they were easy to carry. The dough is made from flour and salt. Being somewhat salty, it’s also called a salty guang bing and, in Matsu, it’s known as a Matsu hamburger.