For this month’s edition of Chef’s Choice, T.K. Peterson, owner/chef of Merchants Pub and Plate decided that traveling to the “Far East” was a must for eating Katsu Buns. Happy to oblige, I booked my travel, packed my bags and journeyed to far East Lawrence, to eat my “Buns” off at Bon Bon!, 804 E. Pennsylvania Street.
For those who may not know what “bun” is, it’s not the same thing as the vessel used for carrying the colorful contents of a Chicago Dog. That was a few weeks back with Limestone Pizza Chef Rick Martin and Leeway Franks. Not totally unlike a hot dog bun, however, this kind of bun or bao, as it is referred to in China, is essentially a steamed dough made from yeast, sugar and flour that traditionally envelopes various meats, vegetables and spices.
Also like the hot dog, bun is a type of meal that is primed for plenty of culinary adaptations. At Bon Bon!, the Katsu Bun is served sandwich style with the interior ingredients listed as being crispy pork loin, kewpie mayo, Japanese barbecue sauce and slaw. Read more>