Probably the most apt name for a snack joint ever
Yum Bun, EC1
“Yum Bun began in Hackney’s Broadway Market in 2010, since then we have been serving buns at feasts and festivals in London and beyond. In 2012 we picked up the ‘People’s Choice’ and judges ‘Best snack’ at the British Street food awards, and catered at the Observer Food Magazine Awards. We are a member of Kerb, and a regular at ‘Street Feast‘, ‘Feast‘ and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Street. We opened the doors to our bun shop in March 2013.”
So what is a Yum Bun…? It’s a hand-made, pillow-soft clam-shaped steamed bun, filled to order with a changing selection of quality Chinese and Japanese flavours and fresh ingredients from award-winning producers like their free-range pork from Blythburgh, Suffolk. The beautifully designed menu details the make up of each Yum Bun. One bun is £3.50 or you can have 2 for £6. If that’s not enough you can have a lunchtime bento box of 2 buns, soup, salad & veg gyoza for £7.50.
It’s a tiny place and there’s an open kitchen so you can see how freshly made everything is. I ordered a Pork Yum Bun, which was delicately assembled in front of me and contained slow roasted Bylthbugh belly pork, cucumbers, spring onions, hoisin sauce and a dash of chilli sauce on my request. It was a squidgy, porky version of a crispy duck pancake. Incredible! All the options sound delicious… there’s even a dessert option with coconut meringue and strawberry sorbet. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of their 2 for £6 offer next time.
It’s next to Rotary who are happy to let Yum Bun customers use their tables, but please make sure you buy a drink from them!
I’d heard a lot about Yum Bun so I’m very glad it’s as good as the hype! A great snack stop if you’re passing through or work nearby. You can also catch them at Street Feast most Friday nights in Hoxton.