London's Best Gua Bao

Gua Bao, also known as Hirata buns, have boomed in the past year. A Taiwanese street food staple, these small, doughy, cloud-like buns are served with your chosen meat and tasty Asian toppings.

Winner:

Bao Bar

Steamed to perfection, these large buns take the top spot for London’s best Gua Bao. The portions aren’t modest (a bonus when they taste this good) and the buns come piled high with succulent four-hour slow braised pork belly, finished with preserved vegetables, coriander, and shavings of sweet and salty peanut brittle.

  • 9/10 (£3.50 for 1)
  • 7/10
  • 8.5/10

Hackney
53 Lexington Street, W1F 9AS

@bao_london

www.baolondon.com

Contender:

Yum Bun

Part pop-up, part small store on Old Street, Yum Bun serves simple but delicious Gua Bao. The Pork buns are exceptionally tasty, and comes with a large chunk of slow-roasted Blythburgh belly pork within, topped off with sticky hoisin sauce, refreshing cucumbers and a sprinkling of sharp spring onions.

  • 9/10 (£3.50 for 1)
  • 7/10
  • 8/10

Old Street
31 Featherstone Street, EC1Y 2BJ
Fridays and Saturdays at Street Feast (Dalston and Lewisham)
07919 408 221

@yumbun

www.yumbun.co.uk

Contender:

Flesh and Buns

Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Flesh & Buns serve flavoursome cuts of cooked flesh – including sea bass and duck – to pack into pale fluffy buns. We recommend the flat iron steak, which comes salty, rare and conveniently sliced to fit inside the chewy buns. Top it off with cucumber, pickles and lettuce and you’ve got yourself a perfect Asian sandwich.

  • 5/10 (£16 for 2)
  • 7/10
  • 6.5/10

Covent Garden
41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX
020 7632 9500

@fleshandbuns

www.fleshandbuns.com

Read More...

Massaman Curry

You don’t need to travel all the way to Thailand to taste a good massaman curry. A southeast Asian staple, here are our top three places to get your fill in town. 

Steak Tartare

There are variations of Steak Tartare across the world. We like a classic and these are the best spots in London to get your fix.

Espresso Martini

Invented in Soho, London, the Espresso Martini embodies the buzz and eccentricity of its birthplace. We discover the three best places to order one in London. 

Gelato

Cold, refreshing and available in some inspiring flavours; Gelato’s having a moment and we’re getting involved.

Lobster Rolls

Why not try a decadent lobster roll – fleshy chunks of white lobster meat slathered in a mayonnaise and packed inside a sweet bun.

Crab Linguine

The perfect mix of comforting and fresh, a well-seasoned plate of al dente pasta with delicate crab is a classic. These three have really proven their worth with their take on crab linguine.

Ceviche

Fresh, vibrant and healthy, ceviche has become a stalwart dish on London's ever changing food scene. Get your Peruvian fix at one of our top three cevicherias in town.

Dosa

Usually served conically, the thin pancake is made from fermented black lentils and rice batter. Inside comes a spicy curry and is best scooped up using the crispy crêpe.