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Bi Bim Bap craving...

prima Feb 26, 2013 07:54 AM

Where would you go?

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    filtered Feb 26, 2013 08:35 AM

    Buk Chang Dong Soon To Fu @ 691 Bloor Street West

    1. sumashi Feb 26, 2013 09:46 AM

      I tried Ka-chi's dol soht bibimbap just recently and it was actually pretty good. They use bulgogi beef and a good serving of the accompanying veggies. I've only had their spicy beef version.

      The first time I ordered it, I didn't feel that the bowl was quite hot enough (I like the "nurungji" that forms along the bottom of the bowl!). On my second visit I asked the server if the bowl could be kept longer on the heat and it came out perfectly.

      Their pajeon is also worth ordering.

      1. MissBingBing Feb 26, 2013 10:27 AM

        Bi Bim Bap on Eg W

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          Davwud Feb 27, 2013 04:29 AM

          I so need to try this place out. Never had it but it sounds good.

          DT

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            filtered Feb 27, 2013 10:26 AM

            I tried it a few weeks ago. Looks nice, but it is a place like sumashi said, they need to heat the bowl more.

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              sumashi Feb 28, 2013 09:45 AM

              I'm a fiend when it comes to having a nicely toasted layer of rice! Sadly, I find a lot of places don't heat the bowl enough but I'd feel silly asking for it unless I've been before and had it happen.

        2. prima Feb 27, 2013 11:45 AM

          Thanks, everyone.

          sumashi, do you go to the Ka-Chi in the Annex or the one on Dundas in Chinatown?

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            sumashi Feb 28, 2013 09:40 AM

            I went to the one on Dundas because I happened to be in the area with a coworker at a job site. I wasn't expecting anything really but my coworker wanted something soupy since it was cold outside. He ordered the gamjatang and thought it was good but had too much bone versus meat and it was the same on a second visit as well.

            Near the same area but just east is a place called Kimchi Korea House and my advice is to avoid that place. It was really busy at lunchtime but their food is subpar. The rice in my dol soht bibimbap was drowning in a pool of oil!

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              buttertartz Feb 28, 2013 01:58 PM

              Across the street from Kimchi Korea House, near Kenzo, there is another korean restaurant, Babpo. I don't think they have a website. I've only had the bibimbap once (with the tempura lobster, since I've never seen this option before) and I thought it was a pretty good deal for $15.95 before tax. You got decent amount of lobster for the price, there was lots of veggie toppings and the stone pot was sufficiently hot enough to get a really good crust on the rice. My only complaint was that the egg was hard boiled and not fried - I like a runny yolk. The banchan choice was limited to only 3 varieties but refills were free. Also tried the kalbi and the some assorted maki rolls and everything was quite decent.

              1. re: buttertartz
                sumashi Mar 11, 2013 10:12 AM

                buttertartz, thanks so much for the rec! I tried out Bapbo a couple days ago after work. It is probably the best stone bowl I've had in terms of getting the bowl heated to create a really nice caramelized rice layer along the entire bowl. I couldn't stop exclaiming how GOOD it was while I was eating it and I dreamed about it later at night. It came out popping and crackling to the table and was still crackling when I added the sauce and mixed it around 15 mins later.I also wonder why in the world they would do a hard boiled egg. It seems like such a little thing, but it really detracts from the dish as a whole. I ordered the lobster version out of curiosity - it came with two large lobster tempura sitting on top. The veggies in the bowl are carrots, greens, cabbage and bean sprouts. I wish they had mushrooms in the bowl. The banchan was pretty weak. Service was great.

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                  jennjen18 Mar 11, 2013 06:44 PM

                  +1! Love Bapbo .. We had the bibimbap based on your recommendations, and for a few minutes, I'd say for 10 whole minutes, it was still sizzling..we literally couldnt even eat it because it was that hot! And do the chili sauce -- it's very savoury and yummy.

                  Other than that, we got the udon (kimchi) and it comes with four pieces of korean rolls which were both very tasty. The udon is also from a hot stone bowl.

                  We also got the KFC (Korean fried chicken). Don't expect that it'll be like chicken karaage, because it's not. It's actually lighter and less crunchy... I liked that it was quite light with the tempura sauce.

                   
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                    buttertartz Mar 12, 2013 09:29 AM

                    Glad to hear that the bibimbap is consistently good! I tried the KFC and I have to say that I prefer karaage style. The one time I had it was not crunchy at all, very light and cut in thin slivers.

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                  LTL Mar 12, 2013 08:52 AM

                  Thanks for the rec and to everyone who posted reviews below. Have to try it out soon! Here's a link to the website I found: http://www.torontobapbo.com/.

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              5andman Feb 28, 2013 07:25 PM

              HoSu Bistro (2 locations, www.hosu.ca) and Owl of Minerva are pretty good, stone bowl and all...

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                kwass Feb 28, 2013 07:30 PM

                Been wanting to try HoSu for Bi Bim Bap. I've had their sushi, which isn't anything special, and that's what's kept me from going back to try the Bi Bim Bap. But you're saying it's worth a try? How would you compare it to other places that you've had it?

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                  5andman Feb 28, 2013 07:40 PM

                  I found the HoSu location on Queen Street is the better choice for Bi Bim Bap. I found it the perfect balance of sauce, veggies, egg, meat & rice. Plus, their stone bowl does a great job of crisping the rice (perfect for the winter chills) -- great to mix in or afterwards w/ a little hot water/tea.

                  Pyung Won House, 5588 Yonge St (south of Finch) does a good Bi Bam Bap too

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                    kwass Feb 28, 2013 08:16 PM

                    Good to know. Thank you.

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                Idas Mar 3, 2013 04:31 PM

                Korean Village on Bloor and Euclid is my first choice

                Stone bowl bi bim bap...oh my...sigh.

                number 2: Ka Chi on Bloor/ Markham.

                damn, I am craving it too....

                side note: I saw two men who must have been tradesmen working on the restaurant and the owner(?)asked them to stay for lunch and treated them to King Kalbi lunches. It was cool watching the uninitiated in Korean food have their first taste of awesomeness. Takes me way back

                and I second sumashi, if you have the appetite for it, order a pajeon, the pancake crispiness is so good.

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                  chocohead Mar 5, 2013 07:33 PM

                  ive had bbb in a fair amount of places. my favourite is at Roll House at Bloor and Euclid. very nice.

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                    mrsyumyum Mar 6, 2013 11:43 AM

                    I would go to Todamgol Korean Restaurant at Yonge and Cummer because they have different variations of Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap...so you can get it with Kalbi, Bulgogi, Chicken, etc :)

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                      prima Mar 6, 2013 02:07 PM

                      Good to know- thanks!

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