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In search of the best Bibimbap

November 17, 2013

Korean BibimbapDolsot (hot stone-pot) Bibimbap!

Bibimbap is one of my favorite Korean dishes. Consisting of cooked rice topped with steamed and pickled vegetables, an egg and slices of marinated meat like chicken, this one-bowl dish is true comfort food. Bibimbap means “mixed rice” and although it can be served cold or hot, I definitely prefer it hot! The best version is dolsot bibimbap which comes in hot stone-pots. The rice gets its crispiness from sticking to the bottom of the hot pot. Even the egg in the dish gets scrambled and fried from touching the sides of the sizzling pot. The vegetables used in this dish vary from spinach, pickled carrots, bean sprouts to cucumber and mushrooms. Nori (seaweed) is a winning topper. Tofu is a popular substitute for meat. Whichever way you get it, the best way to eat this dish is to douse it liberally with hot chilli-pepper sauce, mix it all up and tuck in.

Two of my favorite places for Bibimbap in the Bay area are SJ Omogari in San Jose and Kong Tofu & BBQ Korean Cuisine in Cupertino. Do you recommend other places with bibimbap to-die-for? Let me know in the comments!

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