Austin: Stone Pot Bi Bim Bop?
- Brian Lindauer
Does anybody know of a Korean place in Austin that makes Bi Bim Bop in a stone pot? At Korea House on Anderson, they only have the regular kind.
re: David Jordan
This dish sounds like something I ate while in Korea about 5 years ago...what I had was a heated stone pot with rice and veggies and a raw egg (and maybe some other stuff??). Seems like I remember you added the raw egg at the table and stirred it to cook it in?? Is this right?
I remember it being really good, and my co-worker, who had lived in Austin before returning to Seoul, said the best she found here was at Korea House on Anderson. I meant to try it at Korea House back then, but I couldn't remember the name of the dish.
So just curious, what about the way Korea House prepares it makes it the regular kind?
I am by no means an expert on bi bim bap, but I do enjoy the version at Korea House - pickled vegetables, seaweed, and marinated beef, all served over rice with a loosely fried egg on top (the pre-fried egg is probably catering to American sensibilities . . . ). You (well, this is what I do) stir everything together, breaking the egg yolk along with a couple squirts of sesame/pepper sauce. Mmmm, good.
The stone pot version I had at Ichiban, as you said, comes in a heated stone bowl. I think the idea is to leave some rice sitting on the bottom so you have a nice crispy treat when you get to it.