London has gone steamed-bun crazy in recent years, with the Asian snack dominating both the street-food scene and, more recently, the restaurant scene. The soft, fluffy buns can be filled with meat, vegetables or even ice cream. Here are the best places to get these little bundles of foodie perfection.
With Yum Bun, the clue’s in the name. A stalwart of the London foodie scene since 2011, Yum Bun can currently be enjoyed at Street Feast’s Dalston and Lewisham outposts every week. It specialises in the fluffiest of fluffy buns, filled with a variety of Chinese- and Japanese-inspired ingredients. The slow-roasted pork belly comes with cucumbers, spring onions and a delectable hoisin sauce, while the crispy prawns with green chilli sambal and lettuce offers an addictive crunchy/soft combo.For something completely different, try the dessert buns: coconut ice cream in a deep-fried bun with miso butterscotch and peanut praline, or coffee ice cream in a deep-fried bun with condensed milk. Sample all of these and it will be obvious why Yum Bun has won multiple honours at the British Street Food Awards.
A Korean street-food specialist with an emphasis on fun, drinks and punchy flavours, On the Bab’s buns are intense, kimchi-infused concoctions that don’t spare the spice and drip with juicy deliciousness. This is a messy affair, and unashamedly so: the restaurant provides its own wet wipes to go with the buns. The bulgogi beef variety is a tender treat, while the fried chicken is further evidence that this is a dish Korea does better than anyone else on the planet.The rest of the menu features such dishes as fried yangyum chicken with crushed peanut and soy garlic or sweet spicy sauce; budae jjigae, a wonderfully surprising frankfurter, spam and processed cheese stew; and the obligatory bibimbap, which remains the perfect comfort food.
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