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SAaM

SAaM (Paris)

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Le Guide Fooding’s Best Street Food Award 2016

Unfinished walls and floors, Formica tables… If the space feels a little busted up, it’s in a good way. And it’s hard to find better fast food than at this small café with a dual identity: expect Korean dupbaps – a rice bowl with sautéed and raw vegetables, soy beans and an egg yolk, topped with excellent flash-seared sirloin steak (with meats from Metzger) or fried chicken; and Taiwanese gun baos – a springy stuffed bun filled with fried hake beignets (plus coleslaw, mango and cilantro) or tender free-range pork slow-roasted for 12 hours and seasoned with hoisin sauce, cucumber and fried shallots. Pair these specialties with homemade kimchi, freshly-prepared mandu (chicken-vegetable dumplings) or toppoki at night (a Korean rice dough with chili, crème fraîche and sesame seeds). And don’t miss the black sesame crème brûlé, that’s as dark as coal. One complaint? The staff is a little absent. // G.D.

FEELING THIRSTY? There a fun, milky makkoli (fermented rice wine, €4 a glass), traditional chungha (Korean sake, €4), Kodama teas (€4), Hite and Asahi beers (€5 for 330 ml).

PRICE: Set menus €11-14 (weekday lunch) and €15-16 (dinner), dupbap €16, gua bao €15-16, desserts €5-6.

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