The formula seems simple: steam a bun and stuff it to the brim with shredded greens, top it off with a slice of pork belly or some braised beef, and smother it all in some hoisin or honey-glazed sauce. The results, however, produce layers of taste that are mouthwateringly phenomenal. Once only accessible in Chinese enclaves around the city, these bao-buns can now be found in all the boroughs. Joining the steamed bun craze is Jum Mum, a relatively new addition to the culinary cornucopia that is St. Mark’s Place, and one of this year’s East Village Eats tasting tour destinations.
Steamed buns are a trademark at Jum Mum, and a special of three buns for $6 allows you to try all of them without breaking the bank. Fillings range from bulgogi and pulled pork for the carnivorous to sesame tofu and mushroom for those who are more veggies-inclined. But Jum Mum’s menu boasts more than bao-buns: they also offer authentic Asian rice and noodle plates with a variety of toppings and mixings that include pork cutlets, stewed pork belly, quail eggs and kimchi. For the East Village Eats Tasting Tour, participants will be treated to a tasting of Jum Mum’s signature street style noodles: steamed rice noodles with chopped pork belly, smoked tofu, dried shrimp, scallions and cilantro, served with a side of chili gravy sauce.
So treat yourself to some noodle goodness at Jum Mum on October 27 (and maybe grab a bun or two to go!). Don’t forget to purchase your East Village Eats ticket today!
Saturday, October 27, 1-5 pm
Post-tour Happy Hour, 5-7 pm