I crave Korean food on an average of about once or twice a week and, while I don’t always give in, I make sure that I get something magnificently rib-sticking and lip-smacking whenever I do.
And, sometimes, the price actually bowls me over – not because it’s high but because it’s almost criminally low!
Take the bibimbap over at Mr. Kimbob. Up until last year, this food court fixture served up a pretty mediocre version of my favorite Korean dish. Thanks to some serious biz-dev activity on the part of the management, Mr. Kimbob has stepped up its game and is giving diners more bang for their bucks.
Believe it or not, a mere P 95.00 (US$ 2.21) gets you a beef or chicken dolsot-style bibimbap! I refer to it as dolsot-style as it’s served on a heated cast-iron platter as opposed to the heated granite bowl (dolsot) normally used by other restaurants.
Along with steamed rice and a fried egg, you get seriously hefty portions of shredded beef or chicken cooked in a sweet soy sauce, finely shredded cucumber, Savoy cabbage kimchi, cabbage, carrots, spinach, and mung bean sprouts. The kochujang that comes with it is rather watery, but it’s certainly piquant so be careful about dumping the lot over your meal.
Throw in an additional P 50.00 (US$ 1.17), and you also get soup, a generous amount of kimchi, and a medium-sized soda. With generous portions and scrumptious flavors, it certainly isn’t a bad deal. 😀