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Dec 10, 2011 08:35 AM

Best Bibimbap in Greater Vancouver?

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. 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

      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

        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

          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

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

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

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          1. re: waver

            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. 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!