Meat Buns brings tasty pork-filled morsels, Reuben spring rolls and cheesy fries to the street-food scene
If you don’t know what a meat bun is, then be warned – we could very well be introducing you to a new-found addiction … and we’re not one bit sorry. Meat buns are essentially spheres of pizza-like dough that are crispy on the outside and boast a piping-hot interior with mouth-watering combinations like slow-cooked pork belly, pickles and cheese. Sound like something you’d want in your mouth? Then let us introduce you to the coast’s newest market stall, Meat Buns.
Meat Buns is the brainchild New Zealand native John Watt, a chef at Bam Bam Bakehouse, who developed the delicious concept as a bit of a spin off from a traditional Chinese pork bun. John has developed a succinct menu of meat buns, featuring the aforementioned pork-belly combination encased in a golden pizza-dough bun, as well as the black charcoal bun filled with layers of thick-cut pastrami-like smoked beef with a tangy mustard sauce, pickles and triple cheese. Despite its name, Meat Buns still caters for vegetarians, serving a vibrant-red beetroot bun filled with smoked cheese and a pulled-eggplant and black-bean chilli.
The menu also offers a series of sides to complement your bun – there’s loaded fries oozing with nacho cheese, edamame guacamole with fried lotus chips and the life-changing Reuben spring roll filled with succulent pastrami beef and drizzled with Russian sauce, mustard, pickles and onion. You can currently find Meat Buns at BBQ Bazaar in Burleigh Heads every Friday and Saturday night, though we hear there are loose plans to find a bricks-and-mortar location to eventually feed meat buns to masses.
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