Last night I went to On the bab for dinner on Old Street, London. The small restaurant doesn’t take bookings, and when we arrived at 7pm there were only 3 tables still available so I recommend going early to avoid a wait.
We ordered a couple of the small dishes to start with (pictured above). Saeng dubu: fresh tofu with OTB soy sauce, topped with spring onion and toasted seaweed, and the kun mandu: pan fried chicken dumplings. The tofu was served cold, which was light and refreshing, and the dumplings were crispy without being greasy.
Then we had bi bim bab, a rice dish served with vegetables and a fried egg, plus additional beef on one and spicy pork on the other. It’s one of my favourite Korean dishes and what I liked about the bi bim bab here was the generous servings of vegetables which was more than some other Korean restaurants I’d been to. There was also a pot of gochujang ( a Korean chilli sauce) on the dining table to mix into the dish as much as you want! As a fan of spice this was a big plus for me.