Yum Bun – A Playful Alternative to the Sandwich
Yum Bun has been very popular in the London street-food scene and has won many awards. Since March 2013, Yum Bun has a more permanent home in Shoreditch, just a stones throw away from Old Street tube station.
Situated next door to Rotary, Yum Bun is hidden away on Featherstone street and is a tiny eaterie however don’t let the size put you off as both restaurants are linked and hold a mutual understanding; customers of Yum Bun are welcome to sit and enjoy their buns as long as you order a beverage.
I went on two separate occasions so I could sample more of the menu.
For £6.50, you have a choice of two buns off the menu either the same or two different; I opted for pork and chicken.
The pork bun was filled with slow roasted belly pork, cucumber, spring onions and drizzled with hoisin sauce. The belly pork was soft and not too fatty and the ingredients blended well together. I’m a huge fan of hoisin sauce and mixed with the pork, had a sweet tangy flavour.
The chicken bun contained fried chicken, chilli dressing, lettuce and tartare mayo. Unfortunately the tartare mayo overpowered the rest of the ingredients and was more suited to the traditional English fish and chips than a steamed bun.
On my second visit I chose the bento box which costs £8 and works out better value than two steamed buns on their own. The bento box contained two vegetable gyozas, a side salad, miso soup and a choice of two buns. Since I opted for the meat options previously, I decided to branch out and try the vegetarian buns.
The vegetables gyoza was light and crispy and thankfully not at all greasy and the side salad made a nice accompaniment.
The miso soup was far too salty and tasted like the packet miso soups you can buy from supermarkets.
The tofu bun was the most surprising out of the two buns. I’m not a big fan of tofu, simply because it’s usually bland and tasteless, however when added to the steamed bun and the addition of soy sauce and spring onions, the bun came alive. The simple ingredients, enhanced the flavour of the lightly fried tofu and was my favourite out of all the buns I tried.
The mushroom bun wasn’t great. The mushroom was soggy and a tad on the cold side and the cucumber, toasted walnuts and miso glaze flavours were lost by the wet mushroom.
Yum Bun is an ingenious idea and stands out amongst the other lunch time options in London and is a great alternative to the more traditional sandwich. Some buns were far better than others, however for £8 it’s a great place to visit especially if you’re bored with the usual lunch eateries such as Pret a Manger or Eat.
- Yum Bun, Shoreditch