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Nikuman – Japanese Magic Steam Buns

January 8, 2018

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Aww yeah! Something more lighthearted to kick off the day right! We were planning on this being our first video of the year but then we got emotional so yesterday’s video happened. But we’re calmer now. Collected. We wiped away our tears from reading the comments and are here with the full focus of writing a blog post. So here’s a more fun video about Nikuman, aka Japanese Steam Buns, aka many other things.

I’m going to start with something basic: how many of you have walked outside on a cold day with a warm beverage in your hands, like a coffee or hot cocoa? That warmth in your hands that forms a little personal forcefield of steam around you is a deeply satisfying warmth. I hope you’ve had that experience before in your life because we know a guy from Whales that hasn’t. I remember him. We spoke with him about it many years ago. Mike was his name. And we asked him about it for a solid 20 minutes or so, like “man you sure you haven’t done it?” and other really concerned questions. Concerned as if we had heard that he’d never had someone sing happy birthday to him, you know? It’s something fundamental you need to experience. Some of you are from warm places and won’t know that feeling, that’s fair, but Mike was from Whales! It’s cold there!

So, now that we got that over with, steamed buns in a Japanese winter are a lovely small gift for yourself. The winters here are mild. 8 degrees, 10 degrees. Just a little chilly but not in any way comparable the frozen apocalypse happening in Canada right now. How do you people leave your houses?! It sometimes gets down to 0 degrees here in Japan and I start to question the necessity of my going out. If it was -30 here I’d have sealed myself indoors and hoped I had enough food to last the week. I wasn’t such a baby before. I grew up with that kind of cold. Now I’ve been softened, babied by the mildness of Japanese winters.

Ah, stop Simon. Steam buns! We’re talking about steam buns! I tell you what: you hold a steam bun outside in Canada and you’ll get something inedible instantly. It’s too damn cold in Canada.

Steam buns! They’re delicious! Go out and eat them! Walk outside with one. Hold it with both hands, take a bite, and look around at the city as the bun warms you inside and out. Try all the different flavours. Or just try one random one. All of them are fun. Some more than others, as we saw with the Pizza Man, but altogether they’re a great experience, and can make a special memory that will stick with you forever. If you can survive the Canadian winter that is…

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  1. (psst… I think you mean Wales not Whales)

    11 months ago
  2. Hi Simon and Martina~! I have to say I’ve loved every single video you’ve posted for years, and this one is no exception. I remember the green text on your thumbnail days and green spudgy days, and I’m so. SO. proud of where you’ve gotten today. I’ve known your channel for years, but this is my first time commenting. From my early years of browsing youtube, I learned that I only became angry seeing rude comments, so I blocked them and quietly watched your videos from afar (with adblock off LOL). They’ve gotten me through really tough days, and I thank you for that! Now I’m so happily married and we are heading to Japan this April! Thank you for sharing everything with us! I have so many ideas from you for our trip! Thank you for making us laugh as Simon inhales all your buns like your personal garbage disposal LOL <3

    11 months ago
  3. In Canada holding a warm beverage or food in your hands while outside isn’t for comfort…it’s for survival. I don’t know how many times the 24 hour Tim’s that is midway between the bus stop and my house has saved my fingers on extremely cold nights. I usually grab a hot chocolate – it’s easier to reheat than a tea or a coffee because you know it’s ice cold after a few minutes.

    11 months ago
  4. This video is everything that I Love about you two <3 Also steamed buuuuuuns. I want to try them so much. I don't think I've ever had one before.

    11 months ago
  5. Yeah! The new website needs more shaZAAAM! XD Actually, my sister in advertising recommends squarespace to all of her clients setting up websites and has created quite a few for them. I’m looking forward to seeing the new look! Steamed buns seem really popular in Japan, you obviously can get them in many places, do they have rules about how long they sit in the warmer before they go bad? Maybe they sell out before that happens? If you can eat so many, they must truly be fluffy because there doesn’t seem to be any vegetables in them. Do they have veggie-type flavours? It was great how you compared the Pizza Man type, definitely relatable around the world. Nice food porn shots, lovely steam. You need to keep the buns you haven’t eaten yet in the bag in your lap to help keep warm! Mmmmm…..warm crotch buns XD. I would find it interesting to know if you will have a different view on pizzas after your trip to Italy. I like how you mixed up the shot angles in the videos, made it more interesting and didn’t sweat the crotch shots ;) (no holes in da pants Simon – w00t!) LOL! The whistling in the background of the soundtrack made me think it was here, I had to check my speakers, so cute. I know that you’ve used this music before, but it seemed more noticeable this time? (in a good way?) Is it really hilly in Kichijoji that you need power assist so much on the bikes? It would be great if you could take us for more gopro rides around the neighbourhood :) Sorry, this comment is kind of random, just wanted to jot down a few thoughts between doing stuff here. Trying to get more stuff done in the new year ! Yay!

    11 months ago
  6. My grandma makes steamed BBQ pork buns. Not like nikuman buns, but they’re still warm and steamy

    11 months ago
  7. Hi! Happy New Year! A fan from Thailand here. I just subscribed to your channel few months ago. Totally fall in love with your content. Thank you for spreading positivity and supportive messages. I wish I could experience the steamy buns moment haha cuz it’s like 30’C (86’F) here in winter…

    11 months ago
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    I will never forget the first time I had Dim Sum and tried my first steam bun. So marshmallow-fluffy and delicious! For a quick fix, I’ve been able to find some at the grocery store (for anyone else in the US, these: http://www.otastyfoods.com/product2.htm) but nothing will compare to the first ones I had.

    11 months ago
  9. Love you guys! (Have been creeping on your videos for years, but this is my first-time post.) This video makes me wish I wasn’t still on my post-holiday diet. I might have to give in and run to my nearest HMART to grab some delicious buns!

    11 months ago
  10. I only recently discovered this magical, divine fluffy thing called steamed bread when I got enticed by a Bao shop in town. It was glorious! Right now it is barely 7 am here and after watching your vid I have a serious craving for it! You two are evil ;)
    Love
    Lilla

    11 months ago
  11. I’ve tried making steam buns in the past–they require so much patience to make. It must be great to just have that option in convenience stores!

    11 months ago
  12. There’s an Asian supermarket in my home town that sells these amazing nikuman buns… I first tried them as a kid and now I’ve become a steamed bun snob. Nothing compares to the fuffly goodness of those buns. (Home made goodness)

    11 months ago