List of buns

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Various buns

This is a list of buns. A bun is a small, sometimes sweet, bread, or bread roll. Though they come in many shapes and sizes, they are most commonly hand-sized or smaller, with a round top and flat bottom.



  • Anpan - A bun that is filled, usually with red bean paste, or with white beans, sesame, or chestnut


A bánh bao split in half, displaying its contents



  • Da Bao - An extra large version of the Chinese steamed bun. When translated, the name literally means big bun.
  • Dampfnudel – A white bread roll or sweet roll eaten as a meal or as a dessert in Germany and in France (Alsace); a typical dish in southern Germany



  • Ham and egg bun – A Hong Kong bun or bread that contains a sheet of egg and ham[16]
  • Hamburger bun – A round bun designed to encase a hamburger; invented in 1916 by a fry cook named Walter Anderson, who co-founded White Castle in 1921[17]
  • Heißwecke – A traditional type of currant bun that goes back, within the German-speaking region of Europe, at least to the Late Middle Ages
  • Honey bun – A sweet roll of American origin, somewhat similar to the cinnamon bun, that is popular in the southeast United States
  • Hoppang – A variant of jjinppang (Korean steamed bun)
  • Hot cross bun – A sweet, spiced bun usually made with fruit but with other varieties such as apple-cinnamon or maple syrup and blueberries and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada, but now popular all year round[18]
  • Hot dog bun – A long, soft bun shaped specifically to contain a hot dog or frankfurter




Lotus seed buns: This particular variety is available in many typical Cantonese restaurants as a type of dim sum.


  • Manchet – A yeast bread of very good quality, or a small flat circular loaf of the same; small enough to be held in the hand; 'Lady Arundel's Manchet' is a speciality from the south of England.
  • Mandarin roll – A steamed bun originating from China; cooked by steaming; a food staple of Chinese cuisine which is similar to white bread in western cuisine
  • Mantou – A steamed bread or bun originating in China; typically eaten as a staple in northern parts of China where wheat, rather than rice, is grown
  • Melonpan – A sweet bun from Japan, also popular in Taiwan, China and Latin America; made from an enriched dough covered in a thin layer of crisp cookie dough
  • Momo - A type of South Asian dumpling, popular across the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayan regions of broader South Asia.


  • Nikuman – A bun made from flour dough, and filled with cooked ground pork or other ingredients; a kind of chūka man (中華まん lit. Chinese-style steamed bun) also known in English as pork buns


A piece of sugary pan de muerto
  • Pampushka - A small savory or sweet yeast-raised bun or doughnut typical for Ukrainian cuisine.
  • Pan de muertoSpanish for "Bread of the Dead"; also called "pan de los muertos"; a sweet roll traditionally baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to the Día de los Muertos, celebrated on November 1 and 2; a sweetened soft bread shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-like pieces
  • Pão de queijo - A Brazilian cheese bread, small, baked cheese roll, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil.
  • Peanut butter bun – A Hong Kong sweet bun also found in Chinatown bakery shops;[20] it has layers of peanut butter filling, sometimes with light sprinkles of sugar mixed in for extra flavor
  • Pets de sœurs – A French Canadian sweet bun, similar in construction to a cinnamon bun.
  • Pebete – A Argentine soft oval bun made of wheat flour with a thin brown crust,[21] rather like a fatter hot dog roll
  • Penny bun – A small bread bun or loaf which cost one old penny at the time when there were 240 pence to the pound; it was a common size loaf of bread in England regulated by the Assize of Bread Act of 1266; the size of the loaf could vary depending on the prevailing cost of the flour used in the baking;[22] a version of the nursery rhyme London Bridge Is Falling Down includes the line "build it up with penny loaves"[23]
  • Piggy bun – A Hong Kong pastry that is essentially the equivalent of the French baguette; found in Hong Kong bakeries and Cha chaan teng; in Hong Kong, it is often cut in half and served with butter and condensed milk[24]
  • Pineapple bun – A sweet bun predominantly popular in Hong Kong and Macau,[25] though they are not uncommon in Chinatowns worldwide;[26] although it is known as "pineapple bun", the traditional version contains no pineapple
  • Pork chop bun – famous and popular snack in Macau, the "piggy bun" is crisp outside and soft inside; a freshly fried pork chop is filled into it


A street vendor in Chiang Mai, Thailand, selling various types of salapao


A tuna bun filled with canned tuna
  • Teacake - A fruited sweet bun usually served toasted and buttered.
  • Tingmo - A steamed bread in Tibetan cuisine.[1] It is sometimes described as a steamed bun[2] that is similar to Chinese flower rolls. It does not contain any kind of filling.
  • Tuna bun – A Hong Kong-style fish bun[31] that contains tuna paste; commonly found in Hong Kong[32]


  • Xiaolongbao – A steamed bun from the Jiangnan region of China; fillings vary by region and usually include some meat and/or a gelatin-gelled aspic that becomes a soup when steamed


  • Zeeuwse bolus – A spiral shaped bun covered in dark brown sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon.

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