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Apr 10, 2007 10:24 AM

Hwe Dup Bap

Since reading about the versions served at LA restaurants O-Dae San and Bu San, I have become fixated on this Korean dish, a bowl of rice covered in sashimi slices, vegetables, and a raw egg, mixed together with sweet bean paste. Some say it is similar to the Japanese dish chirashi.

Does anyone know a good place to get this in the Seattle area? Or, good Korean sushi/sashimi places in general? I am also insterested in those that serve sashimi to be wrapped in lettcue leaves with garlic, chiles and bean paste.

I have heard many Korean-owned sushi/Japanese restaurants serve hwe dup bap. I am getting a little crazy about it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. My Korean friend thinks that Old Village in Shoreline has it. He also says that they have changed owners and the food there has improved. He thinks Shilla on Denny also might have hwe dup bap.

    1. The new teriyaki place on the corner of Broadway and Denny offers Hwe Dup Bap, I have no idea if it is any good but I thought it was a bit fated that I read about it on Chowhound and ½ hour later my partner comes home with a menu and that mentions it. I am going to get it tonight and will report back… I am so excited.

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      1. re: Charles

        I went to King’s Teriyaki on Broadway and Denny and got the Hwae Dup Bap. The restaurant itself is fine very clean not much atmosphere. The food was quiet good. They have an extensive menu with both typical teriyaki restaurant fare, sushi, “Chinese stir fry”, and specialties including the Hwae Dup Bap and Bi Bim Bop.
        Keeping in mind that I have never eaten this before I must say there version seemed very good. Maybe not fantastic but I will certainly eat it again. Although there was no raw egg in mine (maybe next time I’ll ask). It did come with a quiet a lot of fresh tuna, snow crab meat and a bunch of tobiko, as well as cucumber, and nice fresh lettuce. The fish was all quiet good, and very fresh maybe not the highest quality tuna but very good considering the dish is a mere $9.95. Hwae Dup Bap is sort of Chirashi Sushi meets Bi Bim Bop. I can easily see this becoming my go to meal on hot summer days or at the very least a great alternative to Vietnamese Bun.

        1. re: Charles

          Thanks alot for the faithful reporting. I'm interested to check it out

      2. I've eaten Hwe Dup Bap at Shilla in Seattle, In Sa Dong (not sure of the spelling, about two blocks north of Trader Joe, Albertson in Lynnwood) and Two Fish Japanese Restaurant in Lynnwood. They're all very good. Two Fish is a Korean-owned restaurant.

        1. Hwe Dup Bap is basically sashimi Bi Bim Bap. It's a sort of japanese-influenced version of this Korean dish. Ask for it in traditional Korean restaurants and they are not gonna be too happy, or at the least they will be confused. However, if you're lucky enough to find a multi-ethnic restaurant, such as Korea Garden in Austin, TX where I first discovered Hwe Dup Bap, then you might be in luck.
          Traditional Bi Bim Bap, such as what I was served in Korea, is served in a hot stone bowl with a raw egg on top, which is cooked by the heat of the bowl when you stir up your food. However, since Hue Dup Bap is made with raw food (raw fish & veg on steamed rice), and has no heat, it would not be good to put a raw egg on it as it would not cook and probably make you the very least it would not be too appetizing.
          If you like sushi and you have the chance to eat Hwe Dup Bap, you should definately go for it, and don't skimp on the gochujang! I just moved to Seattle from Texas, and I can't wait to try Shilla and King's Teriyaki!

          Korea Garden
          6519 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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          1. re: falpiqua

            Just a correction on bi bim bap.
            The version you described is Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap.
            Simple Bi Bim Bap is traditionally various vegetables and meat, all ingredients individually prepared, served chilled or room temp with steamed white rice on the side. Often topped with a raw, sunny side up, or lightly poached egg.

            1. re: falpiqua

              Another minor correction :)

              Hwe Dup Bap is a standard fare korean food and no one will be confused or unhappy that you order it at a Korean restaurant.

              There's nothing wrong with raw eggs - Korean Yook Hwe is typically served with a raw egg mixed in. The raw egg is not typical for hwe dup bap though.

            2. So glad to see this thread, as that's my favorite Korean dish that a Korean-American friend turned me on to. I've had good Hwe Dup Bap at Chung Sol up in Lynnwood. For me, the best part of it is the combination of the fresh fish and salady greens where they put a little sesame oil to flavor the rice and the spicy sauce. I have to stop myself from inhaling it.

              Shilla's version didn't impress me.

              I sometime pop into a little Korean lunch place on 3rd Ave. downtown for their version -- pretty basic, but tasty.

              Any other great versions in town? -- Let me know. I'm there.

              Incidentally, the best and/or fanciest Hwe Dup Bap I ever had was in Austin (don't know why we're talking about Austin) at the Koreana restaurant on N. Mopac. More of a higher-end presentation -- but it had all the delicious flavors I love in the dish.

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              1. re: jjmccoy

                " I sometime pop into a little Korean lunch place on 3rd Ave. downtown for their version -- pretty basic, but tasty..." Are you referring to Red Bowl, across from Zum Zum?

                1. re: barleywino

                  Yes, that's it. Kind of a food court-ish / fast production line, office lunch crowd version in a styrofoam bowl when you're on the run.