bi·​bim·​bap | \ ˈbē-ˈbēm-ˈbäp How to pronounce bibimbap (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bi bim bap

Definition of bibimbap

: 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 Sandwiches in Oakland, a Jack London Square shop that’s now closed and which also had a mostly American menu with bibimbap thrown in the mix. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Art's Cafe and its Samurai omelet live on as diner reopens in the Sunset District," 5 Feb. 2021 The vegetarian bibimbap, with equal hits of sweet chile sauce and sesame oil, has a welcome lightness. Los Angeles Times, "Where to order takeout and delivery in Koreatown," 13 Dec. 2020 To repay her friends for introducing her to Lunar New Year, and to Korean foods like kimchi and bibimbap. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Didi’s voice," 19 Oct. 2020 Prompted by her mom to prove it, Pipo goes across her neighborhood testing alternatives: tagine, red beans and rice, bibimbap and dumplings. Mark Kennedy, USA TODAY, "'Every Night is Pizza Night': Chef and writer J. Kenji López-Alt cooks up a kid’s book," 31 Aug. 2020 Often one shakes the thing — really puts muscle into it, like a bartender sweating James Bond’s martini — to meld the ingredients into an on-the-go bibimbap. Los Angeles Times, "Is it responsible to recommend restaurant takeout during the shutdown?," 9 Apr. 2020 The kitchen makes ample use of sensationally sizzling stone pots and platters, within which squid tentacles, cloudy beef soup and bibimbap sputter and squeak. Soleil Ho,, "A San Francisco restaurant critic’s new (to her) San Jose favorites," 27 Feb. 2020 Her new cookbook dives deep on Korean mainstays like bulgogi and bibimbap, but also shows other slices of Korea’s cuisine, like vegan dishes eaten in countryside Buddhist temples. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 11 Best Cookbooks for Eating Your Way Around the World," 21 Nov. 2019 Ranking right up there was the bibimbap with a crispy, boneless chicken thigh over rice, kimchi, oyster mushrooms, bok choy and a soft poached egg. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Korean fried chicken stars at Bap and Chicken on Grand Ave.," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bibimbap

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bibimbap

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

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14 Feb 2021

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“Bibimbap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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