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The restaurant that was doing steamed bao buns long before they became a citywide craze, On the Bab specialises in all kinds of incredibly tasty Korean anju (snacks to be eaten with drinks). A tiny corridor of a place, it's become a hot lunch spot for those who work within a one-mile radius. A fan who loves the spiced pork bao notes "it's not often I crave one particular dish", while others drop by for the deep-fried kimchi and cheese arancini as well as the staple Korean fried chicken with crushed peanuts and sweet chilli sauce. The plates (actually enamel camping-style crockery) come thick and fast and you're likely to be in and out in an hour, making this an ideal spot for a working lunch or dinner on the run – just remember it's a no-bookings eatery and the queues form early.
I visited On the Bab one evening with a friend after work. We had drinks beforehand so by the time we got to the restaurant it was packed and there were already groups of people patiently lining up outside. We took our position in the queue and perused the menu (admittedly our final food choices ended up being based on what people were eating inside). Luckily we didn’t have to wait long and were quickly shown to our table. It’s a small restaurant so you get to know your fellow diners quite well, but that adds to the charm. So in we squeezed and ordered much needed food. To start, dumplings and japchae followed by...
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