The Best Bibimbap in Toronto
The best bibimbap in Toronto is all about balance. The stone bowl has to be just hot enough in order for the entire dish (which usually includes a cracked raw egg) to be cooked thoroughly while ensuring the base of the bed of rice to be crisped just right. Not to mention that the hot sauce that complements the entire dish needs to have the right combination of sweet and spiciness. Thank goodness I never have to resort to making my own bibimbap because I can get them instead at these fine establishments.
Here's the list of the best bibimbap in Toronto.
Buk Chang Dong Soon ToFu is one of the first names on the lips of Korean food lovers in Toronto. With multiple locations in the GTA including a new one near Dundas and Spadina this chain only offers beef and vegetarian (with optional tofu) bibimbaps at under $8, which makes it a winner in my books already. If you want a bit more kick, just order their namesake hot tofu soup on the side to complement your meal.
This Etobicoke restaurant prides itself on their homemade spicy tofu soup but diners here shouldn't ignore their bibimbap with its flavourful beef and velvety smooth egg (around $10). The restaurant isn’t fancy and the fact that they also serve Japanese-style bento boxes may cause many to doubt their pedigree, but if there’s one Korean restaurant that’s worth seeking out near Dundas and Kipling this is it. Service is friendly, too!
Generic name aside, Korean Village has been a popular spot in Koreatown since 1978, and a quick glance at the number of people packed in here during mealtimes proves they haven't lost a step. This restaurant provides several varieties of excellent bibimbap, all at $10.99 a pop. The usual beef and veggie varieties are here but my personal favourite is the succulent chicken bibimbap. Have it with a side of their unique kimchi pizza for an awesome flavour combination.
What is it with the tofu-named restaurants and their excellent bibimbaps? Yet another place that excels in both dishes, Tofu Village offers several kinds of bibimbap at around $9. Apart from the interesting steamed shrimp variety, my personal favourite is the veggie bibimbap with its heaping amounts of vegetables. And yes, order that side of spicy tofu soup to round out your meal.
The only restaurant on this list with bibimbap in its name, this Eglinton West restaurant serves up a wide range of dolsot offerings including a unique mushroom bibimbap ($12.99) which features various kinds of mushrooms along with fresh vegetables in a delicious garlic sauce. Other notable options include the organic tofu, spicy chicken, and various beef varieties, all at $11.99. The only downside? The cracked egg is an extra $0.99 which is sort of like paying extra for pickles on your burger.
Despite a name that sounds a bit like what the Minions in Despicable Me say, Bapbo is nothing to laugh at when it comes to bibimbap. The large variety on offer here are both rather pricey and decadent, which actually is a pretty fair trade-off in my opinion. Case in point is the rich and savoury kimchi bacon bibimbap ($11.95). If bacons not your thing (crazy talk, I know), a worthy alternative is the lobster tempura bibimbap ($15.95) or the more modest spicy chicken bibimbap ($12.95).
Hidden behind a grocery store near Yonge and Steeles, this always popular Korean restaurant sticks to the basics when it comes to their bibimbap. There’s no crazy variety here. The standard order might be the regular beef ($9.50) though they do have a gem called YangPoni bibimbap ($17) which is essentially an extra large version of the dish with two eggs. A nice bonus is that you get purple rice with the dish which is more nutrient packed than the usual white variety.
Cho Sun Ok in North York is about as popular as a Psy concert in Seoul. Among its many offerings, the bibimbap here is one for the purists. You'll be relegated to the standard beef variety ($9.95) or veggie, of course, if you ask to hold the beef. Either way, it comes with a homemade sweet and spicy sauce that you'll want to bottle and put that s**t on everything.
Located in the heart of old Chinatown, Kimchi Korea House serves your usual assortment of Korean favourites in a bright, spacious, and modern environment. If you love variety in your bibimbaps, this is definitely the place to go. Some notable options include the spicy kimchi ($8.95), LA ribs( $13.95) and salmon ($10.95). As an added side bonus, the banchans you get at this place seem to be even more abundant than at your typical Korean restaurants.
Last on the list, this family-run Koreatown spot makes a delicious spicy bulgogi bibimbap ($8). They also offer spicy squid, shrimp, and the regular beef (each $8). The seafood Korean pancake here is a great side dish to share while you munch away at your bibimbap. Service is polite and quick too!
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