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BiBimBap with Brown rice

Ben7643 Jan 16, 2009 07:21 AM

Does anyone know any places in LA that make it or have the option to make it with brown rice?


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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: Ben7643 Jan 16, 2009 08:18 AM

    I don't have a lead for you, just a warning: "brown rice" is a very common translation of the Korean "ogokbap", which is actually a mixture of white rice, millet, and beans -- it's generally purplish.

    I'm told that brown rice (rice with the bran left on) is "hyeon mi" in Korean but I don't know that for a fact -- someone else who speaks Korean please chime in.

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      hannaone RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 16, 2009 09:40 AM

      현미 hyeonmi

      Brown rice (hulled/unmilled rice) has until recently been associated with poverty or wartime shortages in much of Korea, so is not a common offering in many Korean restaurants.

      1. re: hannaone
        bsquared2 RE: hannaone Jan 25, 2009 06:39 PM

        My wife moved here from Vietnam and thought I was crazy when I wanted to eat Brown Rice. In a way it was like saying we were poor. In Thailand , the Prince was involved with getting people to eat brown rice because it was more healthy. Not sure if it worked.

        It's funny how food can be an indicator of class distinction. For example, in Saigon I ordered Morning Glory in a fancy restaurant and my mother-in-law thought I was crazy to pay $3 for a vegetable that cost 10 cents in the market.

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      jacinthe RE: Ben7643 Jan 16, 2009 09:22 AM

      M Cafe de Chaya makes it with brown rice..

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        Ben7643 RE: jacinthe Jan 16, 2009 10:17 AM

        I'm talking about Dol Sot Bibimbop that comes in the hot stone bowl. I don't think m cafe has that iteration do they any kind of Dol Sot really just has to be the hot stone bowl :).

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          bsquared2 RE: jacinthe Jan 25, 2009 06:33 PM

          I had it there and thought it was pretty good.

        2. soniabegonia RE: Ben7643 Jan 16, 2009 10:24 AM

          Many Korean restaurants have mixed grain rice (jap gok bap) off the menu if you ask. I've never seen just brown rice on or off the menu. Mixed grain rice usually has rice, wheat, barley, beans, etc. and much more flavorful and healthful.

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            liltamby5 RE: Ben7643 Jan 16, 2009 11:21 AM

            Hodori's off vermont and olympic...thats place is really good and they are open 24/7

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              Das Ubergeek RE: liltamby5 Jan 16, 2009 12:18 PM

              They make it with brown rice? Really?

              I know Hodori as the place you go after clubbing when you don't care about service and are too drunk to know what's good and what isn't.

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              CostcoWater RE: Ben7643 Jan 16, 2009 05:37 PM

              wow...I havent had bibimbap at Hodori in awhile..but I never remeber them havcing brown rice.

              I'm pretty sure that Mapo restaurant serves bibimbap with brown rice..its killer bbp too

              Dont know about hyeonmi being associated with hardtimes..maybe u are mistaking it for barley?

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                Ben7643 RE: CostcoWater Jan 16, 2009 07:34 PM

                Thanks guys my mouth is watering :). Mapo will be my next hit i think. There are allot of Mapo's though do you know which one it is http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...


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                  CostcoWater RE: Ben7643 Jan 23, 2009 04:00 PM

                  Its the one on 6th st. Next to a donut place, coffee shop and a karaoke joint..

                  Mapo restaurant
                  3611 W 6th St
                  Los Angeles, CA 90020

                  (213) 736-6668

                2. re: CostcoWater
                  Jerome RE: CostcoWater Jan 17, 2009 01:00 AM

                  in china as well, unhulled rice is associated with primitifve conditions. not just wartime.

                3. Gohantabeyoka RE: Ben7643 Jan 23, 2009 04:20 PM

                  Brown rice bibimbap?

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: Gohantabeyoka Jan 23, 2009 04:30 PM

                    Made it at home the other day -- don't knock it 'till you've tried it. I loved it.

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                      Gohantabeyoka RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 23, 2009 05:02 PM

                      For me, the beauty of bimbimbap is the interplay of the tastes of the naemul with the baekmi (white rice). I don't even mix it up properly like my Korean friends say to. I like the unified and contrasting vegetable and white rice flavors.
                      As for hyeonmi and boori (barley/bean) rice... DOUBLE YUCK!
                      Coworkers prefer brown rice sushi over white rice. Yuck again! I'm passionate about this, maaan.

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                    QualityMart RE: Ben7643 Jan 25, 2009 10:52 AM

                    I'm not 100% sure, but I think you can get it with brown rice at Gyu Kaku.

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