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cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 06:49 PM

I saw Iron Chef America battle Rice last Sunday and Mario made a Korean dish called Bibimbap. It look amazing.

Has anyone ever had a decent version at a Korean restaurant preferably in Orange County. I must try this dish!!!!

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    another_adam RE: cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 07:46 PM

    Sorry, can't recommend any in orange county, but if you're ever up for a field trip to Koreatown in LA, I highly recommend Jeonju restaurant, at the corner of Olympic and Vermont. (it's in a little minimall west of Vermont on Olympic, next to Hannam Chain Market World; it's in together with Sogongdong Soondubu, a video store, a coffee shop, a few couple other things (meat store? that might have been gone for a while...) There's probably about 500 places to eat bibimbap in K-town (an underestimate?) but Jeonju is a great combination of friendly, tasty, cheap, slightly ambient, english-friendly, and they also have lots of other good dishes to try if you're in the mood for stews!
    Hopefully someone else can help out with a place closer to you-- just had to put in a plug for Jeonju :)

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      Dommy RE: another_adam Jun 4, 2008 10:38 PM

      Jeon Ju is the restaurant of the Stone Pot, it has lots of soups as well as other dishes that are featured in Stone Pots... But yes, I love their Bimbimbap... :)

      --Dommy!

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        cdmedici RE: Dommy Jun 5, 2008 06:33 AM

        I would think the hot stone pot is a must because it creates the crunchiness of the rice from the extreme heat.

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          Dommy RE: cdmedici Jun 5, 2008 12:02 PM

          Yes, for me that makes the Best Bimbimbap... however, I've had it at the stand from the farmer's market and from fast food places where it's just FINE out of a styrofoam container... ;) I mean.. doesn't this look GOOOOOOD?

          http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

          For me, it's about the mixture of flavors and textures... but yes, the crunchy rice bits send me over the moon...

          --Dommy!

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            JEN10 RE: Dommy Jun 5, 2008 03:51 PM

            that is not fair to show a picture os something so delicious when I am so hungry! Oh i want to eat that right now.

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              cdmedici RE: Dommy Jun 5, 2008 04:06 PM

              Damn. That looks ridiculously delicious!!!

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        teach RE: cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 09:32 PM

        I know there are quite a few Korean places at the edge of Buena Park near Fullerton. Maybe on Beach near the boarder of the cities? Perhaps someone else can help with specific places. I've only ever had Bibimbap at a place on Sawtelle.

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          esquimeaux RE: cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 09:54 PM

          any kbbq joint will have bibimbap, always try to get the kind that's sizzling in a stone pot or "dolsot bibimbap." but be prepared, mario batali's version was (surprise surprise) not exactly traditional. his was lacking in sesame oil (i saw him use OLIVE OIL????) and in the normal lashings of super spicy sweet red chile sauce.

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            liu RE: esquimeaux Jun 4, 2008 10:23 PM

            Both the Koreatown Plaza and the Koreatown Galleria have food courts where you will find various restaurants serving their own versions of bibimbap.

            Go during a meal hour and before you order you can walk among the tables of people eating to see what looks good. Sometimes I will even ask someone eating from where they ordered a particular dish; most people are extremely friendly and enjoy talking about their food selection.

            While this might not offer you the best bibimbap you can find in LA, it offers a friendly environment to sample this and other Korean dishes.

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              Dommy RE: esquimeaux Jun 4, 2008 10:37 PM

              I was also disapointed that Alton initially didn't know what it was!! I keep screaming to the Tee Vee.... It's Bimbimbap Ijit!

              --Dommy!

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              jesstifer RE: cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 10:09 PM

              I'm not Korean, but it seems to me bibimbap is the "soup du jour" of Korean food; you'll find it in almost ANY non-specialty Korean place. The basic idea is, ingredients-we-have-laying-around over rice. It's certainly all over Koreatown, but I'm actually very fond of the version at the Korean stand at the LA Farmer's Market. It's become my standard pre-Grove movie meal.

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                Dommy RE: jesstifer Jun 4, 2008 10:36 PM

                I enjoy the grove Bimbimbap as well... for me it's more like a rice salad though... I've had lots of Bimbimbap at Korean restaurants both sit down and fast food. But a PROPER Dol Sot Bimbimbap is truly a work of art and totally highlights the cuisine of Korea .

                --Dommy!

              2. Dommy RE: cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 10:14 PM

                The BEST Bimbimbap I've had in the OC wasn't actually at a Korean Restaurant but Japanese one called Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley. It's Korean BBQ done up Japanese Style and they have a Dol Sot Bimbimbap on their menu. TOTALLY worth the trip. Bimbimbap is one of the foods of my SOUL...

                --Dommy!

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                  justagthing RE: cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 10:26 PM

                  There are plenty of places in Garden Grove as well. Next to CA market, there is a soon tofu place that does a good one.

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                    Lau RE: cdmedici Jun 4, 2008 10:35 PM

                    Garden Grove is the largest ktown outside of LA's ktown, there are a ton of korean restaurants although im not super current on what restaurants are good there these days and it can change b/c ownership and chefs change in korean restaurants alot and then they can go downhill

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                      nomo_fan RE: Lau Jun 5, 2008 05:37 AM

                      In OC, a really "traditional" place to try dolsot bibimbap is Harubang. My Korean wife tells me that this is "old school bibimbap" where the restaurant is trying to serve food in old time Korea. In most restaurants in LA, bibimbap is served with bulgogi meat, but at Harubang, you get about 5-7 choices for meat. Last time I went, I had it with spicy squid. It was really good. Note: the side dishes (panchan) are a bit more sour and stranger than in most places.

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                        CostcoWater RE: nomo_fan Jun 5, 2008 04:48 PM

                        As a Ktown local, This place has the hands down best bibimbap in LA.

                        Small restaurant, but they are known by the locals here to have exceptional banchan and kimchi year around.

                        Try the Dol Sot (stone pot) Bi bim bap here and your searches will be over.

                        Mapo Restaurant

                        http://www.ktownlove.com/search/detai...

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