It was a pretty hot day when I ventured out to the Foundations Festival at Parramatta’s River Foreshore for one specific stall: the Nice Buns stall!
S was helping out his friend (and owner of Nice Buns), Lambert Lam, man the stall and was a little busy, so I took a quick squizz around.
The Foundations Festival was held for the whole family to explore the challenges, discoveries, and achievements of the colonial and indigenous people who settled in Parramatta, where the tidal water became fresh water.
There were some pretty interesting things to check out, such as live performances, hands-on interaction of the crops that were grown, and crafting indigenous art, but it was time to do some bun tasting!
My first choice was an obvious one – who wouldn’t with those enticing slices of pork glistening at you?
I noticed straight-off-the-bat that the bun was so fluffy-soft and, after taking a rather unlady-like large bite, found that it had just the right touch of sweetness. The pork was succulent and the ratio of fat to meat was perfect.
S said I had to add some sriracha sauce to the bun and after some to-ing and fro-ing, I grudgingly acceded (though quickly freaked out to see how much he was squeezing on… which, in hindsight, wasn’t all that much). I had to admit, the little kick really elevated the taste of the belly bun to have that *oomph* factor.
I had to go back for seconds and even though I’m a little off chicken at the moment (F’s “high protein, low carb” diet meant I had it for 2 weeks straight… *shudders*), this bun was absolutely fantastic! It was even better than the belly bun!
The twice-fried, super crispy chicken, the lightly tangy pickled carrots, and that unmistakeable roasted seaweed flavour just all worked together so harmoniously. I seriously wanted a second one, but these buns are actually quite substantial and found myself to be rather full.
There was also a tofu bun, but sadly, my stomach could not fit in another bun. Next time!
Nice Buns is the concept child of Lambert and to feel out his market, Lambert has been doing quite a few pop-up stalls. So check out the Nice Buns Facebook page for where and when Nice Buns will be next – you’ll be sorry to miss out on those delicious crunchy chicken buns!
es&t was a guest of Nice Buns