The Bureau of Taste

Verna Gao

  • Creamy 10-Minute Peanut Noodles

    Creamy 10-Minute Peanut Noodles

    • Easy

  • Matcha Burnt Basque Cheesecake

    Matcha Burnt Basque Cheesecake

  • Pork & Leek Sheng Jian Baos

    Pork & Leek Sheng Jian Baos

Verna Gao grew up in Shanghai, and moved to London soon after her parents divorced. When she first arrived in the UK she spoke very little English and used cooking as a way to feel more connected to her Chinese heritage. She soon built a following among friends for her delicious food - leading impromptu cooking classes at her college. This following has since grown well beyond the school gates: she now has over 200k followers on Instagram @vernahungrybanana.