Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
A few years ago, Ekiben was just some guys selling Asian food out of a hotdog cart on the streets of Baltimore. Fast forward to today, and Ekiben has won various awards, including recognition on Yelp's list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the Country.
Ekiben is located in the Fell's Point neighborhood, which is right next to the Baltimore waterfront. It was founded way back in 1763. It's older than the United States itself!
There are over one hundred bars and pubs in the neighborhood, so you'll have plenty to do after enjoying your Ekiben sandwich. Water taxis can take you to other parts of the city in the event you drink too much to drive...or swim.
Ekiben prides itself on using the freshest ingredients while staying loyal to the flavors and traditions the founders grew up with. The three founders are Indian, Ethiopian, and Taiwanese, and the food reflects a mix of cultures.
Ekiben doesn't mess around with a ton of options. They stick to a few dishes they know how to make perfectly. Each of the sandwiches can also be ordered as a rice bowl instead.
The "Original" has Thai chicken, a peppercorn sauce, seasonal vegetables, and herbs. The "Neighborhood Bird" has curry fried chicken with a special mayonnaise, pickles, and herbs. You can order the spicy version if you dare. The "Spicy Pork" has braised pork, a mango papaya slaw, queso, and salsa.
If you're vegetarian, try the "Tofu Brah," which has tofu, a spicy peanut sauce, and seasonal slaw.
Ekiben also offers a limited number of side dishes, including tempura broccoli, beans and rice, and tofu nuggets.
Ekiben is open Monday–Thursday from 11am–10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am–11pm, and is closed Sunday. If you don't feel like making it to the physical location, you can also order online.
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