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Where to Go for Bibim Bap

July 17, 2002|Barbara Hansen

From fried egg to quail egg, raw beef to vegetarian, here are some places to sample bibim bap in all its variations:

Arirang, in Old Town Pasadena, has three versions of bibim bap--vegetarian, beef with vegetables, and mountain vegetables, such as roots and mushrooms. 114 W. Union Street, Pasadena, (626) 577-8885.

Gourmet Korean B.B.Q. House, a stand at the Hollywood farmers market, and a few other markets, serves vegetarian and beef bibim baps. The Hollywood market is on Ivar Avenue between Sunset and Hollywood boulevards, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gyu-kaku, a lively, informal restaurant that's the first U.S. outlet of a Japanese chain, offers two hot stone-pot bibim baps, one with eel and mizuna, the other with ground chicken and vegetables. 10925 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 234-8641.

Han's Bibimbap, a Los Angeles chain restaurant, serves regular and hot stone-pot bibim baps with some interesting variations, such as curry topping or flying fish roe with kimchi. Locations: 3450 W. 6th St., No. 110, Los Angeles, (213) 384-8989; 333 S. Alameda St., No. 312, Los Angeles, (213) 626-0554; and 1217 S. Wall St., Los Angeles, (213) 746-5184.

Jeon Ju, a spare storefront restaurant, is renowned for its traditional stone-pot bibim baps made with either kalbi (rib meat), kimchi mixed with kalbi or assorted seafood. 2716 W. Olympic Blvd., No. 101, in Koreatown, Los Angeles, (213) 386-5678.

Sa Rit Gol, a small restaurant tucked in the corner of a mall, prepares a variety of stone-pot and regular bibim baps, including one with raw beef. 3189 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 387-0909.

Seoul Jung serves hot stone-pot and cold raw beef bibim baps in its elegant dining room. At $18.25, the raw beef is pricey but worth it. In the Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 688-7880.

Temple's ambience is cool, but the mood is friendly. And its traditional beef and vegetable bibim bap is very good. 14 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 360-9460.

Woo Lae Oak serves stone-pot and regular bibim baps made with vegetables and beef or chicken in a stark, upscale setting. 170 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 652-4187.

Yang Ji Express includes the number 20 in its Korean sign to indicate the variety of bibim bap toppings, from daikon radish to green peas. In the food court of the Koreatown Galleria, 3250 W. Olympic Blvd, No. 311, (323) 730-8899.

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