As we know it, bibimbap is only about 100 years old. Derived from another Korean dish called goldongban, the word bibimbap means "mixed rice," and it can be made with any combination of ingredients that you like. Common toppings for bibimbap include sautéed vegetables (also known as namul), sliced proteins, gochujang (chili pepper paste), and soy sauce. And many like to add an egg on top! Bibimbap is not only delicious, but it is also beautiful to look at. When all of the different colors and textures are mixed together, it creates a work of art in your bowl. But once you have admired the chef’s visual artistry, the fun begins! By folding all of those ingredients together, you will be treated to a smorgasbord of flavors that are sure to tantalize every team members’ taste buds!
Compared to ordering pre-made individual bowls, a DIY style package will take a little bit longer for your team to put together. Consider the timing similar to going to your favorite fast-casual “build your own” eatery. But from a dietary perspective, it’s important to be mindful of your team’s dietary needs. Kimchi may not be vegetarian because it contains fish sauce. Many ingredients are not gluten-free if they are made with soy sauce as soy sauce is wheat-based (unless the restaurant uses gluten-free soy sauce). Also, a good number of ingredients may be fermented or pickled so they could be high in sodium.
We recommend ordering for more people than your headcount for any buffet-style catering. Since this is a buffet-style menu, those who are standing toward the front of the line might take more food than their allotment without realizing it. Similarly, you might want to over-order any additional buffet-style sides to be safe. The idea of a “full portion” can be different from person to person.
Korean cuisine is known for its ability to blend together spicy, sweet and savory flavors in one dish. One of the most popular sauces used in Korean cooking is Gochujang, a red chili paste that is both savory and sweet with a slightly spicy kick. When mixed with Western cuisines, chipotle or red chili mayo has become a popular condiment.
Is it possible to make my order gluten-free?
Yes, but some options are not gluten-free because they use soy sauce. Very few restaurants will use gluten-free soy sauce. Look for the (GF) indicator next to a dish to know if it is gluten-free.
What goes well with Build Your Own Korean Bibimbap Rice Bowls?
Popular sides include kimchi mandu (dumplings) and pajeon (green onion fried pancake). You may also see banchan or japchae on a menu! Banchan are small veggie sides that can be eaten alone or as a topping for your bibimbap. Japchae is a popular sweet potato starch noodle. These would be very popular toppings and bases as part of your build your own Korean bowl buffet.
Are there vegan and vegetarian options for Build Your Own Korean Bibimbap Rice Bowls?
Yes! Bibimbap can be made without meat or you can substitute meat for tofu or vegetables. Be careful though because kimchi can sometimes include fish sauce! Just look for the (V) or (VG) designations on each item as you put your order together!
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