Bibimbap hunting in Bangkok

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Bibimbap hunting in Bangkok

It’s been 7 months since I moved from Singapore to Bangkok and I had kind of given up on eating out in Korean restaurants. Looking at the Korean grocery shops here, I didn’t think a lot of people did much cooking or enjoyed eating good Korean food.

I passed by what it looked a like restaurant chain bibimbap place near Emporium shopping centre in Bangkok 5 months ago, but I never gave it a chance. A restaurant chain bibimbap place in Bangkok? I probably can make a better one at home myself. After that, I never gave it another thought until last week. I was heading over to a Korean grocery shop do prepare for a big Korean feast at home with some friends visiting from Singapore. It was almost 2 o’clock and I haven’t eaten and I noticed the bibimbap place.  Out of desperation, I thought I will give it a go. What a surprise….. I actually went back again with my husband last week to get him to try and also try a few other dishes.

  • Octopus bibimbap (Nak ji bibimbap – 낙지 비빔밥)

bibimbap-close up

  • Fish row bibimbap (Al bibimbap – 알비빔밥)

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  • Chilli beef soup (Yuk ge Jang – 육계장)

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Despite being a chain restaurant, bibimbap had all the right ingredients and the hot stone was hot enough to sizzle the rice on the bottom. The side dishes were delicious. The kimchi was just ripe and crunchy, the dry fish had enough seasoning, the fish cake was good enough but  brocoli with chilli sauce was a bit too spicey. The bibimbap came with a radish soup which had a deep stock and radish flavour.

banchan

radish soup

For the Thais’ who have not tried bibimbap, it even has an instruction on how to eat bibimbap in a hot stone. This way you get to enjoy the crusty rice on the bottom of the bowl.

how to eat

Inside the restaurant was clean and staff were friendly.

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I will be back for their dessert, red bean with shaved ice.

inside

They offer not just bibimbap but different types of stews and meat dishes.

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menu

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The entrance to the restaurant which has display of different dishes.

entrance

 

If you are in Bangkok and interested in some Korean food, this one gets my 3 out of 5 stars!

 

The Bibimbap (two other stores in Bangkok)

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I just found a black bean noodle restaurant today so my review will be coming soon!

 

3 Comments On This Topic
  1. Rachel posted
    September 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Interesting. I just ate at one of these today, the one at Mega Bangna and it was absolutely horrible. I went with three Thai friends and, as the four of us have spent time in Korea and love bibimpapsm we thought we’d try this place out. All four bibimpaps we had were bland, tasteless and really quite nasty. A huge disappointment and definitely not a place i would consider eating at again. I agree with you on the side dishes, they were decent enough although my soup arrived cold but, no, I wouldn’t eat bibimpaps here again.

    Odd too as I’m not the slightest bit picky with food and, after 10 years living in Bangkok, will usually eat anything. Not this though :)

    Nice photos, btw.

  2. Rachel posted
    September 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    LOL, sorry, don’t know why I couldn’t spell bibimbap on my last comment. I think it’s my keyborad :)

  3. nicky posted
    September 2, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Thank you for your comment. I also had at Mega Bangna a week ago with friends and that was fine. The stone bowl arrived very hot and now all my friends that I went with are hooked on bibimbap. I think perhaps they are not consistent with their food perhaps? Also, how much gochujang sauce(chilli sauce) and sesame oil you put is quite important. I am not a big fan of chain restaurants but this restaurant is now my go to place if I feel like quick and easy Korean food!


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