Bread Bowl Chicken Pot Pie (Coffin Bread)

Chicken Blanquette Coffin Bread
Bread Bowl Chicken Pot Pie (Coffin Bread)Matt Taylor-Gross

A night market specialty of Tainan and Taipei since the 1940s, coffin bread consists of a thick slab of white bread that's hollowed out and toasted or fried to make a crunchy little box. Inside the "coffin" goes a creamy stew of chicken, seafood, tripe, or mushroom, which is then topped with a lid of more toasty bread. To the Western palate, it recalls both pot pie and the chowder-filled bread bowls of Fisherman's Wharf and (gasp) Panera Bread. And it happens to beat them all, especially when made with homemade white bread.