As suggested by the name, Bibimbap is well known for its Bibimbap. Anyone knows the history behind Bibimbap? The earliest written record of bibimbap is “bubimbap”, a light meal for the king. One of the origins is that the poor, busy farmers had no time to eat so, they had to mix vegetables into a bowl to feed themselves. Another version was that during wars and battles, mixing rice & vegetables was a quick meal for soldiers. Then, there’s a third version, that sounds more convincing in my opinion.
A longstanding Korean tradition was that any leftover food from New Year’s Eve was not to be kept into a new year. Hence, the practise of mixing ingredients and rice together in a bowl started. Since paying respects to ancestors during Chinese New Year and Chuseok required Koreans to cook up many different dishes, the leftovers after prayers were mixed to form Bibimbap. If you don’t know what Chuseok is. Here’s a short excerpt about it.
Chuseok is one of the largest and most widely celebrated holidays in South Korea. Traditionally, Chuseok was meant to celebrate the Autumn harvest.
Alright, enough of a history class. Let’s get back to the point. Look at its variety of Bibimbaps here in the menu at Bibimbap!
There’s Fillet Beef, Beef Bool-go-gi, Chilli Chicken, Spicy Pork, Mixed Seafood, Nutritious, Mixed Mushroom, Tofu, Kimchi, and Dol Sot. That’s about it. This is an exhaustive list. I thought there would be more. Then again, no. haha.
Although the variety is not a lot, only 10 different kinds, you can customize your own bibimbap by choosing your meat, type of rice (brown or white), egg (raw or fried) and spicy or not.
I ordered the beef bool-go-gi one that costs £7.50, with an additional fried egg. I wouldn’t say the portion was generous. Rice was surprisingly little, easily less than 1/2 a bowl.. But for veggie lovers, you’ll enjoy it. There’s loads of veges in the bowl, from radish to onions, beetroot to carrots and seaweed.
The beef was a bit too tough as well, nothing fancy. I would say BOO to the beef actually. I suppose this place has tried to tone down the Korean taste a little to suit the taste of local British peeps. Hence the sauces are served separately and you can add as much sauce as you want to.
Apart from the Bibimbaps, there are other stuffs to choose from as well. Sides start from £1.50-£5.50. There’s japchae(£5.00), the Korean Gyoza (£4.50), kimchi pancake (£5.50) and etc, standard Korean cuisine.
Photo Credits to Bibimbap website(here)
Of cos not forgetting their Korean fried chicken (KFC for short) that start from £5 for 5 pieces.
There was quite a crowd during the lunch hour we went. But people don’t seem to stay there for long and so the turnover is pretty quick.
If you were to ask me if I would return to this place, I would probably have to think twice. Even though it is affordable, I rather spend a few more pounds on something with a more generous portion than to walk off from this place feeling hungry and unsatisfied.
The best take away from this place? Probably the sauce, which actually makes the bowl a bit more acceptable. Then again, it’s not rocket science to get the sauces since it’s not handmade? That’s about it. Bleh~
I prefer Assa @ Tottenham Court Road. Read this post about Assa here.
Leaving the place unimpressed, and hungry for more food, sadly.