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Flesh & Buns

020 7632 9500

41 Earlham St

London WC2H 9QW Greater London, United Kingdom

Halal status: Chicken

It’s not often you find great bao in London. And even less often great halal bao in London. But this spot in Covent Garden has some DIY bao buns with great fillings like a spicy citrus miso marinated spatchcock chicken, salmon teriyaki, and portobello mushrooms with wasabi mayo. The filling you should be coming here for though is the Japanese fried chicken. It’s marinated in buttermilk, and it comes perfectly crispy, and with red chilli and bbq mayonnaise which, because it’s DIY, you can apply generously. If you want something on the side, get the chips and dips, Korean fried wings, and the veggie hot stone rice.

Flesh and Buns DIY kits available here.

When you’re running on no food or drink for 15 hours, it can get tiring. And when you’re tired, a pillowy bao is exactly what you want. It’s fluffy, filled with halal fried chicken thighs, and an easy way to have a cheeky mid-week bao bun fix. Flesh and Buns’ kit comes with everything from the bamboo steamer and chicken thighs, to BBQ mayo and a fluffy buns. All you have to do is follow the instructions and enjoy some excellent bao at home.

Japanese fried chicken bao bun

“I’ve come across many sad, deflated bao in my time. And let me tell you something, it gets better. I’m not going to say this is the best bao in London, but this Japanese fried chicken bao is very very good. It’s a DIY situation here, which basically means you order the buns and fillings separately and assemble them yourself. The buttermilk fried chicken was crispy, and the BBQ mayonnaise and red chilli sauce was excellent. And I know it looks professional, but yes, I did assemble it myself.”

- RS

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