Bibimbap – From Royal Table to Street Food

Posted on Jun 13 2014 - 11:50am by Shem MD

Perhaps, some of you are not familiar with this dish; Bibimbap. This particular food is undoubtedly well known for its delicious flavor and variation in South Korea. Some people even call it the Korean’s best dish that is now widely available not only in its origin place, but also around the country and even overseas. This signature Korean dish offers all food lovers with unique taste and very healthy ingredients because it contains lots of veggies and it is gluten free.

bibimbap signature Korean dish

Although it is a traditional Korean dish, not only traditional community who love to enjoy this healthy food; international community also starts to like this particular food. Now, there is “Italian” version of Bibimbap, which is characterized by Mediterranean-style veggies and lemony soave. So, what makes this so favored among people?

A Brief History of Bibimbap

There are some different versions when it comes to history of Bibimbap. During Joseon era, bibimbap was believed a special dish that was served only for royal families. It also became a ritual food. According to Siuijeonseo, a recipe book compiled in the 1800s, there are four version references of Bibimpab. The most famous theory is the royal theory, where the food is served for the king and the royal families during Joseon Dynasty. .

The second theory cited in the recipe book refers Bibimbap as a seasonal dish for the peasant during the farming season. They could not eat easily on the farm, so that they took one bowl, and mixed rice with other side dishes to eat in the rice fields. According to the third theory, Bibimbap was served during the revolutionary movement by the peasants who protested against widespread corruption. They were forced to mix rice in one bowl with side dishes due to the lack of bowls and plates to place the food.

The last theory, or the Eumbok theory, states that Bibimbap is a dish served during ancestral rites at the end of a ceremony. People would eat the food by placing each food offered into one bowl or plate and mixing them together.

Best Place to Eat Bibimbap

The word Bibimbap itself means ‘disorderly’ and ‘mix’. It is true since people put various food ingredients in one bowl and then mixed it. This dish is now one of three best Korean dishes known internationally, and becomes a favorite among foreigners. The dish contains rice with top of thirty different vegetables and red pepper sauce for the spicy flavor. Bibimbap also provides a good harmony in flavor and balanced, healthy food to consume, and serves and nutritious meal as well. With various types of vegetables, egg, nuts, ginko, and other ingredients, the dish is ideal to serve after work when your body needs healthy food supply.

There are lots of places you can visit in Korea to enjoy Bibimbap, but the most recommended one would be Jeonju or Jinju. Bibimbap even made its way overseas by various franchises like in Bon Bibimbap, which is currently available in more than 125 countries around the world, including US, Japan and China. It keeps the original recipe of Bibimbap, and even serves various versions of Bibimbap.

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