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Jun 9, 2013 06:18 PM

Do you prefer bibimbap hot or cold?

I ordered bibimbap the other day to see if I liked it enough to buy my own dolsot. I was instead presented with what looked to me like a cold deconstructed salad with a raw egg and raw strips of meat. This confused me at first but a web search revealed to me that bibimbap can be served cold or hot. I mixed it all up along with some sauce but couldn't bring myself to eat more than a few bites and instead had the chap chae and bulgogi along with some other bbq i dont remember the name of. They were all delicious but it was the bibimbap I looked forward to most as my introduction to korean food. Hopefully my experience with hot dolsot bibimbap will be better.

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  1. Hot with crispy rice! The mixed leftovers (if there are any) are delicious at room temperature a few hours later.

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    1. re: kaymbee

      Who the hell has bibimbap left over??

      1. re: kaymbee

        agreed! hot crispy rice is the best part!

        1. I have never seen the raw dish called Bibimbap (비빔밥) i tis always fish listed as Hoedeopbap (회덮밥) or a close variation depending on the fish used.
          There is a raw Beef Salad called Yook Hwe (육회) which is often served with a raw egg and Greens, Vegetables and or Fruit in the mix.
          I think cold Bibimbap is made with cooked meat,but perhaps Hannaone can chime in with more definitive knowledge.

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          1. re: chefj

            In Jeonju I had one cold and one hot bibimbap. The cold was served with raw beef and a raw egg. The hot with cooked beef and a raw egg.

            In this case I preferred the cold, but it would depend on the place. Here is the cold bibimbap:

            1. re: Steve

              I got curious about what you said about getting bibimbap in Jeonju and I did some appears that Jinju is known for yook hwe and Jinju bibimbap is typically made with raw beef ( typeID=16&boardid=10538&seqno=639564&c=TITLE&t=&pagenum=1&tableName=TYPE_ENGLEGATIO&pc=&dc=&wc=&lu=&vu=&iu=&du=).

              But then it says Jeonju also uses raw beef in their BBB and is considered the most famous...interesting!

              I'm finding this fascinating because I was born and bred in Korea and had my fair share of Bibimbap but I've never had a yook hwe version. I need to get my hands on this!

              1. re: joonjoon

                Joonjoon -

                If you find one any where in the area (NJ or NY) please let us know. Yook hwe bibimbap sounds like something we would love, especially The Sprout.


                1. re: missybean

                  Oo Kook, more of an AYCE Korean BBQ chain than anything else, does a pretty good rendition of Yuk-Hwe bibimbap, it's like the Korean version of beef carpaccio.

                  There's one in Brooklyn.


                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Thanks. We may have to take a ride.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      That is one funky web site....

                      Isn't yuk-hwe more like korean beef tartare than carpaccio?

                      1. re: joonjoon

                        Yes, that's probably a more apt analogy.

            2. No restaurants near us serve it, so my experience with Bibimbap is limited to Trader Joe's version. I prefer it warm, not cold, and wish TJ's made their bowl a little bigger!

              1. It sounds like you were served yook-hwe bibim bap. Yook hwe ( is a Korean raw beef dish.

                The standard cold bibimbap has the same ingredients as a hot bibimbap, and looks something like this:

                As for personal preference, I'm a cold bibimbap guy. But I do enjoy the occasional hot bibimbap when they do something different with it - like a spicy pork version or a bulgogi and cheese.

                What exactly didn't you like about the bibimbap you were served? I love yook hwe any way I can get it. :d

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                1. re: joonjoon

                  Yes, it was a yukhoe version. Probably the most common version in Jeonju.


                  I think any Korean restaurant which serves both BBB and yuk hoe could make you this version. After all, BBB is assembled more than it is 'cooked.'

                  1. re: joonjoon

                    This is exactly what I ordered. I guess I came in with certain expectations, that my bibimbap would be served a certain way. The taste was okay but I walked blindly into this restaurant out of curiosity so its likely I just didn't like the way they made it. I may give it a chance at another restaurant though my but honestly, it just tasted like a bad salad with raw meat and egg in it.

                    1. re: JenniferLopez

                      I was served a bibimbap the other day with the rice on the side. It is an assembled dish, and there are as many versions as there are people that make it.

                      1. re: JenniferLopez

                        Sorry for asking a silly question Hennifer...but did you use the chili sauce to mix your BBB?

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          I was pretty confused about how to eat it so my waiter pretty much mixed it up for me along with my rice. He asked me how spicy I wanted it and I just said mild. I think I would have liked it a little better had I been given more rice. They were quite skimpy with that.