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Sizzling Soho: A Korean Dinner at Bibimbap - Little Observationist
My favourite part about the Bibimbap experience was the sizzle! Jorge and I were invited down to their Charlotte Street branch for dinner (there’s another Soho branch a five minute walk away as well). The extent of my knowledge of Korean food before this was of kimchi (basically fermented veggies with spices that are traditionally buried underground and left to ferment in the dark for months at a time) and plenty of rice and tea. The bibimbap (비빔밥) that the restaurant is named after was totally new to me. It literally means “mixed rice”. There are other options on the menu, but the bibimbap takes pride of place, highlighted in the centre and because it was also the name of the restaurant, we thought we better choose one of those. We weren’t disappointed. Little did I know at the time, a few years ago the dish came in as number 40 on CNN Travel’s list of the World’s 50 most delicious foods. I went for a beef version of the dish for my main meal. Jorge chose a spicy chicken one. The bibimbap was served up in a dolsot – a very hot stone bowl coated with sesame oil. It’s so hot it causes that sizzling …