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A Sizzling Korean Dolsot Bibimbap For Lunch
Friday 30 June 2017   —   Category: Dining Out
After working up an appetite at Portland’s an­nu­al Bridge Pedal and Stride 2016 on August 14, I was more than ready for lunch! My mom had recently told me about a traditional Korean dish called dolsot bibimbap that she had seen on TV.

After researching Portland metro area res­tau­rants that serve it, I went to Gangnam Korean BBQ on NW 185th Avenue in Hillsboro’s Ta­nas­bourne Village shopping center, just south of U.S. Route 26.
First things first! At a Korean restaurant I wanted to try a Korean beer. So I ordered a Hite Pale Lager from Hite Brewery. According to Wikipedia:

“The top-selling beer in South Korea. Hite lager is sweet and golden, with thin body and minimal head. It is styled upon American rice lagers such as Budweiser. It is brewed from barley malt and rice. Along with the beers from Oriental Brewery, Hite is often found on draft in South Korean bars and pubs.” Meas­ure­ments: 4.3% ABV • N/A IBU

Unfortunately, the beer was quite watery and bland ... a lot like Budweiser. If I am ever in a Korean restaurant again, I’ll do my best to get an Oregon brew.
According to the menu (which had the spelling bibimbob), the dolsot bibimbap consisted of “rice with beef, assorted vegetables and spicy sauce served in hot stone pot.”

According to Wikipedia: “Hot stone pot bibimbap is a variation of bibimbap served in a very hot dolsot (stone pot) in which a raw egg is cooked against the sides of the bowl. The bowl is so hot that anything that touches it sizzles for min­utes. Before the rice is placed in the bowl, the bottom of the bowl is coated with sesame oil, making the layer of the rice touching the bowl cook to a crisp, golden brown.”

It came with a bowl of broth as well as five different kimchi side dishes. I didn’t really care for the kimchi, mostly be­cause it was served cold. I would have preferred warm or hot kimchi, but then it wouldn’t be kimchi. Of course, I’m also a guy who prefers Taco Bell over au­then­tic Mexican food!

Here’s another shot of the bibimbap, af­ter the food had sizzled and settled, and I had drizzled some Korean hot sauce on top.

I wouldn’t order dolsot bibimbap again, but it could be interesting to return to that restaurant and try cooking our own food at the table.

Speaking of sizzling, the sound was pret­ty loud and amazing. I captured the short video below so you can experience it for yourself.
A total of 9 photos of this meal have been added to the Oregon Pub Crawl 2016 album. After lunch I headed to nearby restaurant for some dessert, which I share about in the next article: McMenamins CPR Little White Shed.
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