Korean Soap Opera Dish Question
I frequently watch Korean soap operas and they always eat a "midnight snack dish" at home served in a big bowl with lots of rice and vegetables mixed together. Is that called Bi Bim Bop? Where can I get a really good bowl in the LA/OC area?
Thanks everyone. I'm going to try it next time I go to a Korean restaurant. I think I recently had a different version of it at a Korean owned Japanese Restaurant and it had rice, romaine lettuce and various bits of sashimi. The sauce was much milder than I expected but it was quite good.
I don't really watch Korean soap operas, but I have to say a midnight snack my roomates and I would consume during college was rice mixed with kimchi, sesame oil, and gochujang (the red pepper paste). And we were kind of like a Korean soap opera cast, except minus the plastic surgery and the fatal illnesses and the falling in love with stepbrothers part. Anyways, it was delish.
Haven't watched dramas in a while but sounds like bibimbap. I've never thought of it as a midnight snack though. In any rate you can get it at almost every korean restaurant. Though it's not always good. You're better off going to a specialist like jeon ju. The most popular version for non koreans is the dol sot bibimbap which comes in a hot stone bowl which crisps up the rice giving a cruchy soft texture. At home we usually just eat it w/o the stone, and I tend to prefer it that way. They usually give you a squirt bottle of hot chili paste and you can add as much as you like. They're supposed to add sesame oil to it as well. Usually not enough for my taste so I always ask for some more.
from your description it sure does sound like bibimbap. I don't live in your area so I can't tell you where the good Korean restaurants are. However it is very good, just so you know though it is not just vegetables and rice. Many things are included in it such as ground meat. However what I think truly completes the dish is the sunny side up on top xD
Anyway, good luck on your search!