25 July 2014

Yum Bun

31 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 2BJ

£5.00 Vietnamese Clerkenwell, Barbican
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm (Thurs-Sat 5-10pm)

Square Meal Review of Yum Bun ?

Not one to be pinned down, street-food hero Lisa Meyer has found a home for her famous Vietnamese steamed buns, but this new address isn't permanent – the building in which she's currently based is set to be demolished at the end of 2013. For now, however, you'll find an expanded menu of buns, with namban chicken and melt-in-your-mouth slow-braised ox cheek joining traditional Yum Bun staples of pork belly and portobello mushrooms. Customers can mix-and-match (two for £6), but for a reasonably priced fill-up, plump for one of the bento boxes (£7.50), which include two buns, vegetable gyoza, miso soup and a small salad. The tiny little space is standing-room only, so customers generally eat on the hop; in theory, punters can also take their food into Rotary, the 1970s-themed bar/diner next door.

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  1. 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...
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  2. Published : Saturday, 2nd November 2013

    Foodie Force :: Yummy Lunch - Yum Bun

    In a concerted effort to steer clear of the usual sandwiches for lunch, I venture to Yum Bun open Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm. They sell hand-made steamed buns - soft, warm and perfect for scoffing in Winter. Yum Bun have an exciting menu of four choices of steamed buns (Mushroom, Chicken, Pork and Pollock). The Bento Box is my number one choice...
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  3. The first stage of getting rid of any addiction is admitting that you have an addition…well here it goes…we have an addiction for FEAST festival! It is by far the best food festival in London. What’s not to like: excellent food, enough space to sit down, not too many people, great locations, etc etc....
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  4. Published : Monday, 24th June 2013

    the dinersaur :: yum bun

    Round about the time when I first opened my eyes and ears to the street food scene in London a couple of months into my time here, one of the main talks of the town was the opening of Yum Bun in an indoor location. For quite a while I've been meaning to try them out, especially since they're really quite close to me, and finally I did! Their charming little shop front is annexed to Rotary just round the corner from Old Street station (and another place I'm dying to visit!) so although there is very minimal space to eat your very yummy yum buns in the store, you are welcome to take your buns next door if you get a drink there...
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  5. Published : Monday, 17th June 2013

    Over the Hype :: Perky Yum Buns

    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...
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  6. Published : Thursday, 11th April 2013

    fatmanclaphand :: Yum Bun: things get steamy

    Buns and lunch, my two favourite thingsForget what the health experts say. Breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day (it's not even the second most important). What's the meal we look forward to most? It's lunch isn't it. Stuck at our desks we long for it, and when it's over we mourn it all the way until dinner. It's a comma in our day, a fire escape in a tunnel, a love letter amongst bills in the morning post.It's 9.30 at night, dinner's barely swallowed and I'm already planning tomorrow's lunch - that joyous moment when I down tools with one thing on my mind – something hearty, tasty and most importantly CARBY.So listen up people like me, what if I told you that there is a place in Old Street where, for just £7.50, you can get an Asian salad, chicken soup, two gyozas and two steamed buns. I first discovered them during an otherwise disappointing meal at Shoryu in Piccadilly. Since then my obsession with these beautiful things has grown to reach boiling point recently (literally, I have bought bamboo steamers). I sometimes wake up gnawing at imaginary buns. While writing this I keep getting distracted by my own picture. That soft, doughy texture that's still light as anything; the crunch of the veg next to it; the spicy, sweet fillings and the meaty stuff you cram in them.Yum Bun just by Old Street gets it all right with their Bento Box, making soft steamed taco shapes (known as gua bao in Taiwan) they can not only cram but overfill completely without making them tough to eat. They ram it with pork, chicken or salmon, then coat it all in spicy, sweet sauces, before letting you add the chilli sauce – which I can't recommend you do more. I got quite a lot of gristle in my pork but I didn't care. I chewed right through the awkwardness because the idea of stopping didn't even occur to me. True, the gyozas were dry, but they still put a big slobbery smile on your face. There was even a token but tasty salad just to convince you that you're doing your body good. You might be, but who cares: you're doing your soul good.And that's why I love lunch.   
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  7. Published : Monday, 18th March 2013

    Living La Vida London :: Yum Bun

    It was easy to find – the shop itself is tiny, right next to Rotary Bar and Diner. The people behind the wooden counter were smiley and friendly, which frankly can be a rarity all of it’s own in London – meaning I was already pretty impressed before I even got the bun!...
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  8. Published : Sunday, 17th March 2013

    What's for lunch? :: Yum Bun

    Yum Bun just opened in Old Street right next to the new Rotary Bar and Diner. This place offers soft white steamed buns filled with either pork, beef, mushroom and chicken options. The classic bun is the pork bun, filled with hoi sin sauce and spring onions and cucumbers This creation is very similar to a duck hoi sin wrap but minus the duck. This definitely works, as the bun is very soft, moreish and the pork tender and moist with the hoi sin sauce. At £3.50 a bun, this really is an affordable snack. The only problem is that you probably could definitely eat more than one...
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