Food: Edmonton15 Feb 2010 12:28 pm

Evan, a friend, has been really hot for Korean food lately. He came back a while ago from a year abroad of working in the Philippines, and ate Korean food there a lot. He’d heard good things about B-Bim-Baab, so we trucked over to check it out.

The eatery has lived in Edmonton for more than 30 years but was rechristened as B-Bim-Baab a few years ago. The decor has not changed, though. Let me tell you, this place is OLD. SCHOOL.

The scent of WD-40 or very strong cleaning products hung in the air when we entered, and it was kind of off-putting. Dark wood encased enclaves servings as booths reminded me of an old school steakhouse. It’s kind of purpose serving though; I’m sure the nearby industrial businesses that supply the lunch crowd don’t care about decor on their quick visits.

We started with some seasonal appetizers; peanuts in soy and pickled radishes alongside traditional sesame dressed bean sprout salad and kimchi. The two spicy pickled dishes had a real kick to them, so I metered small bites of them with the light bean sprout salad and the curiously chewy peanuts I could not get enough of.

We all got a dish and shared. The servings were generous, but we all left just full enough with no leftovers. Mike got spicy beef bul-gol-gi and Evan a spicy tofu and beef soup that I think was called yuk gae jang. I found both of these dishes a bit spicy for my liking, but I cooled my mouth with my dish.

I got the dolsot b-bim-baab, a mixed rice dish also known as bibimbap. The dolsot means “hot pot” which refers to the stone cauldron the dish comes in.

The waitress brought it over and asked if I wanted it mixed for me. I nodded yes, and after a generous squirt of hot sauce, she started mixing. The raw egg sitting on top cooked as it hit the side of the bowl, mixing with rice, bean sprouts, green onion, carrot and beef. As the dish sits, it keeps the contents hot and crisps up the rice so it gets crunchy.

Mike said he was happy to have an alternative spicy food to Indian or Thai when he was craving the hot stuff, and I have to agree.

There aren’t very many options for Korean cuisine in Edmonton, but I’m glad to say that B-Bim-Baab seems to be a good choice…even if I did get a case of MSG dry mouth after. Sigh.

B-Bim-Baab
9543 42 Ave
Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm
Sat noon-10pm
Buffet at lunch 11:30-2pm, Mondays through Friday.

3 Responses to “b-bim-baab korean, edmonton”

  1. on 17 Feb 2010 at 12:51 pm bruleeblog

    Do you remember what it used to be called? Am trying to recall if I heard of the old place or not.

  2. on 17 Feb 2010 at 1:35 pm kelly

    Yes! I forgot to include that. It was called Korean Gardens!

  3. on 22 Feb 2010 at 1:21 pm A Canadian Foodie

    Great photos in dim light… food looked scrumtious! You’ve got me curious about the peanuts!