By Mary Crafts-Homer
Not only is the north end of Utah County exploding with business and population growth, it is also exploding with new restaurants to meet the demands of the foodies in the tech community. As residents of Utah County, we are fortunate to have something for everyone close by. At the top of my list of restaurants on Thanksgiving Point Way is a single-location hot spot: The Rising Bun. I have long been a fan of steamed Chinese buns and even considered opening my own version of steamed bun mania! Now I’m just glad someone has finally done this style of restaurant and done it well.
There are many offerings on the Rising Bun menu to compliment a variety of steamed buns. Diners can select from ramens, pokes and salads to accompany the buns. And with ramen on the menu, you can see why they also have a great children’s menu. As I’m writing this, I can still taste the tender steamed bun, sliced open to hold braised pork belly, Szechuan pickled cucumbers, scallions, and a chili hoisen sauce. Oh my … I can’t wait to return! Another must-try are the Comrade Fries: home-style fries smothered in Kalua pork, pork belly aioli, scallions, lime and their signature chili hoisen sauce. Oh, be still my heart.
And, don’t leave without trying the crispy Curried Cauliflower. It will make a cauliflower-lover out of anybody.
I was very curious about the dessert waffle but too full to try it this time. I will go back to try the Asian dessert: Hong-style waffle, coconut ice cream, fresh mango, and macaroon crumble. Funny, I haven’t seen anything like this in my Asian travels, but I love the creative nature of their dessert chef. Order for one or order for the entire table to share all the different flavors.
This casual fare calls for counter service in a fresh clean environment. According to their philosophy, The Rising Bun is a place to connect with others, embrace cultures, and discover friends. Sounds like someplace I’d like to be.
Until next time, remember to fill your life with scrumptious food and joy!
Mary Crafts-Homer owns Culinary Crafts based in Pleasant Grove, and is a 15-time “Best of State” Caterer.