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.
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.
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.
(£3.50 for 1)
31 Featherstone Street, EC1Y 2BJ
Fridays and Saturdays at Street Feast (Dalston and Lewisham)
07919 408 221
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.