Visit any Korean stall, café or restaurant and chances are Bibimbab is one of the dishes on the menu. This is because Bibimbab is a signature Korean dish. Bibimbab is a bowl of white rice topped with a mix of colourful vegetables (usually carrot, cucumber, lettuce and bean sprout), beef and egg. It is eaten by pouring gochujang (Korean chilli paste) over the ingredients and giving everything a good stir.
Mandoo Korean Dumplings' Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Bibimbab is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. My mother thinks that Bibimbab is a good way to get children to eat vegetables. The colourful presentation attracts the children and then they get to mix (play with) their food and finally they are eating vegetables with every spoonful. Soy sauce can be used in place of Korean chilli paste for younger children.
Ga Bin's Dolsot Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Bibimbab is served in two forms – in a normal bowl or in a hot stone bowl (Dolsot). Dolsot Bibimbab has a raw egg instead of a fried egg and has a lovely crust at the bottom of the hot stone bowl. We started trying Bibimbab at various places after enjoying Mandoo Korean Dumplings' Bibimbab. It is currently our favourite due the rice not being too soft and the chilli sauce giving it the right amount of zing.
Ga Bin's Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While we thought the Bibimbab at Ga Bin Korean Restaurant could have used a bit more meat, the chilli sauce was still spicy enough to make it delectable. We also found the crust layer of their Dolsot Bibimbab to be the crispiest out the ones we tried so far.
Mr Bulgogi's Dolsot Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The rice in Mr Bulgogi's Korean Restaurant's Dolsot Bibimbab was a bit soft compared to Ga Bin's but it still had the lovely crust that makes it enjoyable. The restaurant is also notable for serving quite a diverse range of this type of Bibimbab.
Mum's Kimbap Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the Bibimbab served at Mum's Kimbap was not as spicy as the ones served at the other restaurants we tried, the quality was still decent enough to make eating it enjoyable.
Mum's Kimbap Dolsot Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Where's your favourite Bibimbab? We have come to like this dish and enjoy trying the dishes at different places to see if they are tastier than that at Mandoo.
My wife (korean) and I have tried most of the above but by far the best, if you are after freshness, healthy, pure Korean food with no added crap, Chef Kim is the best in Adelaide and trumps any in Brisbane too.
The Rice Bar
90F Winston Ave, Melrose Park SA 5039
Phone: (08) 8374 4485
Really great on the go meal and a really amazing serving size!
This place has a quick turn around time and the food is made to order!
Everything is fresh, including their sushi. They also offer a variety of other meals also!
The staff are always lovely there also!