Best thing I ate this week: Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap at Paik's Bibim

Best thing I ate this week: Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap at Paik's Bibim
PHOTO: Chen Jingwen

'Best thing I ate' is a series where we share the best things we have eaten around Singapore. Read more here.

What: Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap at Paik's Bibim ($8.50)

Where: Paik's Bibim, Bedok Mall (#01-95). There are also outlets in Tiong Bahru Plaza, Mapletree Business City, National University of Singapore, Vivo City and Jem Mall.

At Paik's Bibim, the bibimbap makes for a pretty picture but it doesn't always look like a traditional bibimbap.

Instead of strips of cooked veggies and meat fanning out from a sunny side up, a few of its bibimbap bowls resemble a rice salad with chopped raw veggies. And there is no egg in it, but you can order steamed beaten eggs as a side dish.

Although it's concocted by Korean celebrity chef Baek Jong Won, he has made it accessible to the masses with a refreshingly light version of the usually carb-heavy dish to cater to demand for quick, healthy meals today.

The large bowl comes with a mound of warm short-grain rice, topped with salad greens, cabbage and crispy seaweed in six combinations: beef bulgogi ($8.50), woosangyup or spicy beef loin ($8.90), teriyaki chicken ($8.50), marinated tofu ($6.90), pork ($7.90) and seafood ($8.90), all prepared with the chef's 'secret' sauces.

Read also: 4 ways to enjoy your bibimbap correctly

Although the beef bulgogi bibimbap is less meaty compared to the woosangyup, it demonstrates Baek's culinary prowess best. Every ingredient including itsy-bitsy tempura crisps conspire to deliver a satisfying balance of savoury, umami and veggie flavours.

It's so tasty you don't need the spicy bean sauce from the bottle. Enough to satiate a hungry tummy, each rice set comes with a clear soup and kimchi. Who says celebrity chef food has to be pretentious?

The writer paid for the food reviewed.

chenj@sph.com.sg
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