bi·​bim·​bap ˈbē-ˈbēm-ˈbäp How to pronounce bibimbap (audio)
variants or less commonly bi bim bap
: a Korean dish of rice with cooked vegetables, usually meat, and often a raw or fried egg
In Korea, some foods trickled down from the Imperial palace and others have humbler origins. Bibimbap seems to be somewhere in the middle—a dish thought to have been introduced to Korean monarchy by the court of China, but also served to farmers in their fields.Debra Samuels

Examples of bibimbap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between the welcoming atmosphere and menu, featuring Korean barbecue dishes, bibimbap rice bowls and kimbap hand rolls, there are many reasons to return. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024 The book takes one through pantry staples like gochujang and ferments like kimchi, all the way through to bibimbap, Molinaro’s many takes on tofu, and tteokbokki arrabbiata. Alicia Kennedy, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2024 Celebrity chef Ed Lee’s new Louisville restaurant serves bibimbap, hand-cut noodles, and Korean barbecue with all the fixings. Emily Bingham, Travel + Leisure, 23 Oct. 2023 My bibimbap comes with a fried egg, tofu, carrots, bean sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, radishes, and sauce on the side. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2023 Although bibimbap is often made with beef, we were inspired by the contents of the old-fashioned school lunch box contents and made ours without. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2023 These formidable chips have a bracing heat that can stand up to beef bulgogi or bibimbap. Men's Health, 8 Aug. 2023 To assemble the bibimbap: Uncover the rice, then fluff with a fork. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2023 Korean and Japanese rice bowls, like bibimbap or gyudon, are both great. Hana Asbrink, Bon Appétit, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Korean pibimpap, from pibim "hash, chopped food" + pap "cooked rice"

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bibimbap was in 1977

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Cite this Entry

“Bibimbap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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