I am so deprived of 面食 (noodles, dumplings, buns) lately and making my own with frozen wrappers from SeeWoo is just not the same…
My destination today is Yum Bun, street vendor turned permanent fixture opposite Old Street tube station.
The crowd started pouring in a little after 6 and the waiting times understandably became longer. If you didn’t want to stand by the tiny service desk, the shop has a few stools and a bench outside for you to perch your buns on whilst you wait for the other ones to steam.
The buns are sold in singles £3.50, doubles £6 and Bento boxes £7.50 (2 buns of your choice, small salad, 2 fried dumplings and miso soup)
The steamed buns were cute little morsels that could fit snuggly into the palms of your hands, slightly sweet in taste and extremely bouncy in texture.
My favourite filling had to be the Pork Bun – thick slices of fatty pork covered in hoisin sauce (a rich seafood sauce). My least, the Chicken Bun reminded me too much of a McChicken Sandwich with the fried chicken and mayo filling, and sadly there is only one of those in the world that makes me sing.
Fish and Mushroom Buns are also available for the vegetarians and/or vegans, so there’s really something for everyone. But with my primitive instincts though, all I really wanted was meat.. ahh evolution works its magic again. The important thing was the variety here, and S found the veggie options even better than the meat ones.
From Left: Pork Bun, Mushroom Bun
The staff suggested we could take our bentos to the adjoining restaurant next to Yum Bun with a bigger seating area, but first we had to stop off by the bar to buy a drink, of course you can’t just go into someone else’s establishment and freeload the crap out of their tables. Unless it’s McDonalds, then it’s ok, and it’s also ok to bring the rosé.
Look out for Flesh and Buns to open in mid july.
Monday to Friday 11.30am – 2.30pm
Thursday to Saturday, 5pm – 10pm