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Ekiben - Baos, Bowls, and More on Eastern Ave. in Fells Point

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Just realized that there was no thread for Ekiben, which was an oversight on my part.

Though I haven't actually visited their brick and mortar, I have partaken of their bao sandwiches at the Charm City Cross cyclocross race (excellent post-race refuel), Hampdenfest, and at the 83 farmers market. The baos are reliably tasty, though frequently overstuffed and unwieldy; I wouldn't be mad if they split one bao into two smaller bites and sold them as a pair. 

In some ways, Ekiben reminds me of my beloved late Shophouse---similar spice level, flavor, and relative level of accessibility. I do need to stop into the brick and mortar location at some point soon to scratch the itch, but I'm glad that the 83 market has reopened for the season so I can visit them there if I don't make it all the way to Fells!

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Ekiben is incredible at community outreach. It seems like at just about any event or gathering in Baltimore (and even a few down in DC), you'll find the Ekiben stall slinging their buns. With regular pop-ups and collaborations with other popular restaurants and an active social media presence, Ekiben has really made itself known in the Baltimore food community. Pretty cool for a place with a single brick and mortar location. 

I agree with the Shophouse comparison, very good asian fusion that is accessible and tasty. However, while I'm always happy to eat their food, I've also never really made a special effort to eat there. I think part of it is the portioning; at $9 for an oversized bun, it's a little too small for a full meal, but ordering two would feel like way too much. Like you said, the baos can also be a bit messy to eat, so maybe I just need to try their rice bowls next time. Definitely a great snack food, though, so maybe it makes perfect sense that you can find their stall all over.

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