The Street Favourite: Bun Kebabs

Published: June 8, 2010
Bun Kebabs are one of Karachi's major roadside attractions.

Bun Kebabs are one of Karachi's major roadside attractions.

Bun Kebabs are the traditional and addictive specialty of Pakistan, and especially, Karachi. You find a lot of Bun Kebab vendors scattered all across Karachi, the most famous ones being on Pakistan Chowk, Burns Road, Bahadurabad and Gizri.

Bun Kebabs are one of Karachi’s major roadside attractions, providing its people a delicious snack to relish on amid the hustle and bustle of the city life. The sight of a Bun Kebab makes one’s mouth water and stomach growl. None of the multinational fast food chains can provide a substitute for the local Bun Kebabs. Nothing can beat them; they have a unique spicy taste and are a favourite snack of locals belonging to any class.

Having Bun Kebabs is an entire experience in itself. It involves not just eating, but also watching the vendor make it front of you: frying the patty, toasting the buns, adding the delicious mint chutney, the sliced onions and then closing it – your mouth waters, and you want to bite into it as soon as the ‘waiter’ holds it out for you! It’s a must-eat item for anyone who visits Karachi. In Lahore, Bun Kebabs are more commonly known as Shami burgers.

There is a whole variety of Bun Kebabs. Daal anday ka (egg & lentils) bun kebab, seekh kebab ka, aloo ka bun kebab (with a potato patty), and chapli kebab ka (with a meat patty).

They are tasty and reasonably priced, and are among the most popular street food items of the city. When asked, a couple of friends on Twitter agreed that nothing could beat the Bun Kebab.

Ayesha said, “I ate Bun Kebabs for seven years in school. I think this tells a lot that I used to find them delicious and also fulfilling.”

When asked if Bun Kebabs can be substituted by any of the international fast food chain’s burgers, Muhammad Ali Yakoob said, “The chutney in those Bun Kebabs makes the whole difference, and that taste can never be found in those international burgers.”

Mohammad Imtiaz said, “Bun Kebab, anytime!”

Ayesha Mehmood said, “Nothing can beat Bun Kebabs; Bun Kebabs forever!”

Get the recipe for Bun Kebabs, here.

Tehniat Aftab is a student and an avid food blogger who blogs at This post was originally published here.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Jun 8, 2010 - 3:46PM

    IF you are Bun Kebab fan..then you must check out the famous Bun Kebab at Nursery :D

    Take the left turn from Blue Ribbon Bakery and then take a left from the start of furniture market..Trust me, You will gonna love it :)Recommend

  • Imran
    Jun 8, 2010 - 5:30PM

    hummmmmmmmmmmm Daal anday ka (egg & lentils) bun kebab it can beat Mcdonalds’ spiciest deal any day any time……..Recommend

  • Jun 8, 2010 - 7:27PM

    Wow! Tehniat! Good job!Recommend

  • Zainab
    Jun 8, 2010 - 7:56PM

    Great post! Reading this post made my mouth water! Delicious! Keep it up! :)Recommend

  • Zainab
    Jun 8, 2010 - 7:57PM

    Will keep a check on your blog now! Scrumptious recipes.Recommend

  • Aazadi Fateh
    Jun 8, 2010 - 8:08PM

    Great Tehniat :)

    U missed Gulshan’s Bun kabab :pRecommend

  • Sarosh
    Jun 8, 2010 - 10:00PM

    awesome! i hope they publish some other stuff from your blog! its so good it deserves to be published!Recommend

  • Before the Multinationals came in, all the rage was bun kebabs.

    But after the multinationals came, bun kebabs were replaced by fast food burgers.

    I remember, when I was a kid, I used to go to ‘Mr.Burger’ and it is still the ‘bun kebab’ that is atleast hygienic.

    The problem with the street ‘bun kebab’ vendors is that they are not that hygienic, and thus do not attract the upper class.Recommend

  • @Sarosh

    Yes I agree. Her blog is really great. Teniat has some great posts (recipes) in her blog. I look forward to more of them being published here!


  • Zahid Shafiq
    Jun 9, 2010 - 1:07PM

    Though i am not a great believer in eating out (or even eating much !), I found yr article most deliciously tempting ! I will try out some of the locations soon, and will also keep an eye out for future articles by you.
    – Zahid ShafiqRecommend

  • Nabiha
    Jun 9, 2010 - 9:52PM

    Wow! Great article… love your blog!Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2010 - 12:34AM

    Nice article. Every time I read it I feel like eating ‘bun kebab’ :)Recommend

  • AM
    Jun 10, 2010 - 1:09PM

    @ Hunain. you pointed out the right spot.
    … for bun kabab lovers, I am adding one more choice.
    Its Rehman Burger’s famous and oldest bun kabab spot at Tariq Road near Dupatta Gali. This is the best I have ever experienced in Khi.
    Do visit with patience in peak hours, because you have to wait few mouth watery minutes due to already occupied Rehman’s lovers; despite the extraordinary cooking speed of Yosuf Bhai (the owner and maker).
    Simply Delicious !!!Recommend

  • Zainab Tahir
    Jun 11, 2010 - 12:48AM

    YUM YUM! the whole process you described of making it… man its watering my mouth:P feel like going and getting one for myself:) waiting for more from you:)Recommend

  • HIra Shah
    Jul 14, 2010 - 5:20PM

    hey tehniat :) love to see you here

    keep rocking :)Recommend

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