On Saturday mornings in Fells Point, there’s a farmers market from 7:30 – 1pm. At the farmers market, there’s an awesome little stand called Ekiben. Ekiben specializes in rice bowls and and bao (steamed bun sandwiches). Fun fact, Ekiben are a specific type of bento boxed meals, sold on trains and train stations in Japan and Taiwan.
The menu at Ekiben is fairly straightforward, there are three different options and each item can be a rice bowl or steamed bun.
I ordered The Original Rice Bowl, it came with Thai chicken meatballs, papaya slaw, fresh herbs, and roasted aromatics. This rice bowl was delicious, the meatballs were slightly spicy and there was plenty of sauce and rice to mix everything together that it actually disappoints me the chicken bowl is only available on Saturday mornings. But I’m there fairly often even though 10:30am is a little early in my opinion for chicken meatballs.
If you’re in Fells Point on a Saturday morning, skip all the other brunch spots and check out Ekiben at the farmers market. It’s only there seasonally, so try it before the market closes for the season!
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