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Chris Jun 22, 2003 07:32 PM

I'm looking for some recommendations as to where I could find the best bibimbap in Toronto. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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    Marcus Jun 22, 2003 07:43 PM

    I have tried bibimbap at several places in Toronto and my recommendation is to go for the Korean Village bibimbap (600ish Bloor West in Little Korea); it seemed the most authentic. They have two different types - regular and stone bowl. Make sure you get the stone bowl bibimbap! The rice is served in a heated stone bowl (it is actually sizzling when served) and it forms a nice crust that adds another layer of flavor and texture to the dish.

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      Chris Jun 22, 2003 08:11 PM

      Great, thank you! Yes, I'm definitely seeking out gopdol bibimbap (stone bowl) for exactly the reason you mentioned in your reply (crispy rice). Mmm.

      Again, thank you!

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        Anne Jun 24, 2003 03:11 PM

        The stone bowl bibimbap is known as dolsot bibimbap (if you ask for gopdol bibimbap, you may confuse them), and many of the bigger Korean restaurants will offer it. A couple of other places that should do it well are Seoul House (on Orfus Road near Yorkdale Mall) and Sejong (near Bloor and Christie).

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          Chris Jun 24, 2003 06:31 PM

          I was under the impression that "dolsot" refers to the actual bowl itself, and "gopdol" was the name of the dish.

          Thanks for the recommendations!

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        the_girl Jun 29, 2003 03:43 PM

        Korean Village Bibimbap (stone bowl! it must be stone bowl) is so good! As Marcus said, the crispy rice on the bottom of the bowl is the best part, it's a little bit sweet and offsets the heat of the sauce. I also think that KV is worth visiting for the side dishes. The best variety and quality I've tasted yet.

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        Burke and Wells Jun 25, 2003 01:07 PM

        Last night, Burke and I had our first BiBimBap ever. It was Dolsot BiBimBap, and we had it at Han Il Kwan, at 100 Steeles Ave. W, Unit 2B in Thornhill.

        The sides were awesome, the stone bowl so hot it was still untouchable at the end of the meal. Nothing but Koreans eating there (besdies ourselves), the service was bilingual and very very friendly.

        I found the whole thing delicious and very inexpensive (with a beer and generous tip, $40 for two people--and Burke has the most expensive beef dish on the menu (the BiBimBap was $14.95)).

        Of course, this was my FIRST time trying the dish, so I can't tell if it could have been done better or worse. I'd return here, so it must have been good enough? Here's hoping.

        Peter Wells

        Link: http://www.burkeandwells.com

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          melnumnums Mar 18, 2010 10:36 AM

          Hi! I work at Queen/Church. For months I've been hunting down Bibimbap for lunch. Able to do a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute streetcar ride. Any suggestions?
          Or for dinner: I live Broadview/Danforth. Hoping to find somewhere closeby.

          1. Notorious P.I.G. Mar 18, 2010 11:33 AM

            Anyone know of an authentic place serving pine nuts in their Dolsot Bibimbap? Can't find it anywhere in this city. I may just roast, and bring my own...

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              sumashi Aug 8, 2013 07:43 AM

              I realize this is an old post, but where did you have pine nuts in your bibimbap? I wonder if it's a regional thing because I never was served pine nuts during the year I lived in Korea. This is one of my favourite dishes so I ordered it quite often. I also love pine nuts so I definitely wouldn't have objected to it being added to my bowl!

              But to answer your question, I haven't had pine nuts served in the bbb anywhere in Toronto.

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                Notorious P.I.G. Aug 8, 2013 08:50 AM

                I saw it on a Japanese cooking show (Dotchi) where they feature a key ingredient and do a mini documentary about it. The key ingredient was the pine nut and they followed one of the last pine nut producers who still picks them and processes them individually by hand. They did a comparison of a hand processed pine nut vs. a machine processed one and the difference was incredible. The hand picked nut when squeezed oozed oil whereas the machine processed one was dry and flavourless.

                They ended up using the pine nuts on the show in a BBB battle and it looked insanely good.

                I need to eat everything I see on TV and film which is a real problem for me.

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                  sumashi Aug 9, 2013 12:05 PM

                  haha, I just read the wiki article for Dotchi. I want to watch it now! Is it possible to find hand-processed pine nuts here or :) would we have to find and collect our own pinecones ?

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                    Notorious P.I.G. Aug 9, 2013 12:49 PM

                    I feel that if the woman I saw in Korea doing it was the last one or one of the last ones then it may be a stretch to find someone here.

                    New business venture perhaps.

                    Also, Dotchi is the best show if you want to get super hungry and lust after things you will never find here.

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