The Korean word bibimbap literally means ‘mixed rice.’ A bowl full of the grain serves as the base for toppings such as namul (sautéed vegetables), grilled beef, kimchi, and an egg. Chili-powered gochujang paste, soy sauce, and fermented soybean paste (doenjang) add extra layers of flavor. Here are 7 bibimbap dishes that will bowl you over.
Sushi San, Chicago, Illinois
Try bibimbap with a Japanese accent. The Beef ‘n Bop features short grain rice steamed and coal roasted in a cast iron skillet. Beef short ribs, roasted maitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, sliced asparagus, crispy shallots, and a sunny ‘n’ runny egg yolk top it off. Make a reservation at Sushi San.
Departure, Denver, Colorado
Expect heat and meat in this blue-ribbon bowl. Skirt steak gets amped up with Korean chili and fiery strands of pickled kimchi. Sitting at the center is a poached egg to pop so you can mix in the creamy yolk like it’s an extra condiment. Make a reservation at Departure.
SouthGate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bibimbap – now in omelet form. This clever play features eggs dressed with the toppings of a vegetarian version of the rice bowl, including zucchini, spinach, and shiitake mushrooms. Golden-griddled hash browns complete the hearty breakfast. Make a reservation at SouthGate.
E&O Kitchen and Bar, San Francisco, California
This Bop is a Japanese interpretation of ‘bap. Crispy dashi rice is interspersed with layers of spinach and savory sweet pickles with a sunny side up egg on top. A sprinkling togarashi, bonito flakes, and an umeboshi plum add the final flavors. Make a reservation at E&O Kitchen and Bar.