Korean Street food in Shoreditch
Korean cuisine offers some of the most exciting tastes in the world, the diversity of spices, freshness and simplicity are somewhat unique, it is hard to beat when it's prepared with quality ingredients and great care. So when On The Bab, a Korean kitchen opened on Old Street by the same people behind the ever popular Korean restaurant Koba, I was very keen to try it as it has been a while since I had a decent Korean meal and great Korean food is a rarity in London.
|On the Bab|
On The Bab poisitioned itself as providing Korean street food and the decor was indeed street food style, with tables very small and close to each other with a tiny open kitchen. We arrived on a very busy Friday evening but luckily got a seating right away just before people started flooding in. To start we had the classic seafood and spring onion pancake and it was one of the nicest versions I've encountered in London with sweet octopus and pan fried to the perfect level. Korean fried chicken with soy garlic was indeed very special and perhaps some of the nicest chicken I've had when value is considered, not overly crispy with lovely sweetness and spiciness.
|fried fish roll|
Spicy pork bun was also outstanding, the seasoning and flavours were spot on with a beautiful spicy undertone served in a soft and smooth bun, if I was to be picky, the only let down was the bun was cold when it arrived and it was a mistake with the timing from the kitchen. Bibimbab, a classic Korean dish serving rice in a stone pot was presented in a stainless metal pot instead and it lost the authentic factor as well as the caramelisation you would get from a stone pot on the rice. The vegetable and beef were fine but the rice was not crispy on the edge which was a shame.
|spicy pork buns|
£21 per head with soft drink
305 Old St, London EC1V 9LA