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[London] Yum Buns and more @ at Broadway Market (New area)

foreignmuck Sep 27, 2010 05:07 PM

Broadway Market seems to be a really thriving these days and I recently discovered a whole new market has sprung up in the school yard at the London Fields end.. There are about 6 new stalls there, selling a variety of things including great looking steak sandwiches from the Argentine restaurant A La Cruz, some gourmet sausages, cupcakes, Churros and a stall selling Mexican fajitas.

The one that really caught my eye however was the 'Yum Bun' stand.. Inspired by the much hyped Momofuku pork buns in New York, a voluptuous slab of tender slow roast belly pork, crunchy cucumber and spring onion is enveloped in a moist, pillowy steamed bun, embellished with a choice of sauce (i found the classic hoisin to work best, although there were other options including a chili sauce which worked well too). You've got the best of both worlds between a crispy duck pancake and a steamed Chinese pork bun. So addictive I think I'm going to have to go back for more next week.

Looking forward to trying some of the other stuff on offer too..

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  1. limster Sep 28, 2010 02:43 AM

    BTW, the momofuku pork buns are derived from a Fujian/Taiwanese dish -- I believe Leong's Legends has it on their menu.

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      bleep75 Sep 28, 2010 02:56 AM

      You're right - they call it a pork kebab and its served with chopped peanuts and a fatty slice of slow cooked pork in a pilllowy steamed bun - delicious.

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        limster Sep 28, 2010 03:01 AM

        Any comparisons between Yum Buns and LL's? Or are they so different that it would be apples to oranges?

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          bleep75 Sep 28, 2010 03:23 AM

          haven't tried Yum Buns but I do dream of LLs pork kebabs and their garlic shoots

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            foreignmuck Sep 28, 2010 02:29 PM

            Ah, never noticed the LL offering - will have to try them soon. Be under no illusion that the Yum Buns are trying to be 'authentic'. These are more Asian-American style, but done well, i thought. Good for munching whilst wandering the market.

    2. limster Sep 28, 2010 02:49 PM

      BTW, iirc, the churros stall is the same as the one in Portobello Road Market (Garcia's).

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        foreignmuck Sep 18, 2011 04:31 AM

        These guys seem to be doing really well and getting about - saw them at the Thames Festival last week with a super cool customised steamer cart!!

        The merchandise was as yummy as ever - the original pork buns are as good as ever, but the meaty portabello mushroom one with miso and walnut glaze are a winner too (and im not one to often choose the non-meat option!)

        They are now part of Eat Street, so expect to see them around and about!

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          limster Sep 18, 2011 02:43 PM

          Thanks for the update - the walnut and miso glaze sounds great -- anything like the walnut miso at Koya, or are the 2 ingredients more separate?

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            foreignmuck Sep 18, 2011 05:17 PM

            i've never had the walnut miso at koya so cant comment

            The mushrooms are sauteed in butter and put in a steamed bun. Then the special sweet miso based sauce is slathered on top with crunchy toasted walnuts tossed in separately.

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              limster Sep 18, 2011 05:22 PM

              Sounds good, will have to try soon. Do give the udon with walnut miso at Koya a try if you happen to eat there.

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