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Best Bibimbap in Greater Vancouver?

123 Dec 10, 2011 08:35 AM

Can anyone tell me where to get the best bibimbap in Greater Vancouver?

I figured I may as well find out since this dish is listed as one of the world's most delicious foods (according to CNNGo readers' poll).

What should I be looking for when seeking out THE BEST?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. grayelf RE: 123 Dec 10, 2011 08:45 AM

    If you've never had it before, be aware there are (at least) two versions. The one I like best is called dolsot bibimbap and is the one where the dish is made in a screamin' hot stone bowl so that the exterior rice becomes crispy and delicious after sitting on your table for a few minutes.

    Generally the best Korean is in the 'burbs here (Burnaby, Coquitlam) but I am sure some board experts will weigh in as I am not well versed.

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    1. re: grayelf
      123 RE: grayelf Dec 10, 2011 08:54 AM

      I've tried the dolsot bibimbap served in the stone bowl and unfortunately it was not hot enough and I never did get crispy rice. It was also a bit bland.

      I was disappointed so that's why I thought I would try asking you Chowhound folks where to go.

      1. re: grayelf
        Tinfoilhat RE: grayelf Dec 10, 2011 11:19 AM

        Insadong at North Road and Lougheed Hwy does a very good job. I've also been really happy with what Hapa Izakaya does. Is it strange to find good Bibimbap in a Japanese restaurant? The stone bowl was certainly hot enough at both those places.

        1. re: Tinfoilhat
          grayelf RE: Tinfoilhat Dec 10, 2011 01:24 PM

          I;ve had it twice from Suika on Broadway and it wasn't bad so the Japanese version seems worthy! I don't recall ever having a bibimbap that was overtly spicy so could be construed as bland I guess.

          1. re: grayelf
            À la carte RE: grayelf Dec 11, 2011 12:22 PM

            I always ask for extra hot sauce, which most places are happy to provide. That being said, I don't find the Korean hot sauce very hot actually, but it does add a nice flavour.

      2. flowbee RE: 123 Dec 10, 2011 11:43 AM

        I love the bibimbap from Coma Food Truck. Great value and tastes good.

        1. waver RE: 123 Dec 10, 2011 01:29 PM

          I noticed it at the H Mart food court. Wonder what its like there?

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          1. re: waver
            À la carte RE: waver Dec 11, 2011 12:20 PM

            Not too good, unfortunately -- they are very heavy on the rice and short on the fixins' both in quantity and quality. I've had better at nearby Japanese places.

          2. Le Beep RE: 123 Dec 10, 2011 03:26 PM

            House of Tofu Soup on broadway, which sadly closed in 2008, made an excellent dolsot bibimbap that came with a bowl of equally tasty soondubu. I still miss it. The version at the robson street Jang Mo Jib can be quite good but is a bit inconsistent. Their daikon kimchi is always great though, and their gal bee is outstanding. Nor Boo up the street also has a good d.s.b.b.b. I agree with tinfoilhat on Hapa's version.

            I've been meaning to check out North Road but didn't know where to start. Thanks for the Insadong recommendation!

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