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Bibibop hits the spot

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Bibibop serves tasty Korean-style food at low prices. Its diverse menu gives customers multiple ways to build their bowls, including purple rice and kimchee.

Bibibop serves tasty Korean-style food at low prices. Its diverse menu gives customers multiple ways to build their bowls, including purple rice and kimchee.

photo by Shira Godin

photo by Shira Godin

Bibibop serves tasty Korean-style food at low prices. Its diverse menu gives customers multiple ways to build their bowls, including purple rice and kimchee.

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Bibibop, located in D.C. and Maryland, opened in May and serves original Korean food with fast and friendly service. It is a great place to take your family and friends, as it offers many different eating options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.

Soon after entering Bibibop, I was greeted with welcoming smiles as I walked to the open-bar-style menu, where you can choose what to add to your bowl from a variety of options. The menu consists of a regular or small sized bowl that comes with one protein, a choice of three warm toppings and eight cold toppings. The protein options include chicken, spicy chicken, tofu and steak.  The cost for a bowl varies from $6.49 to $8.49 without tax. In addition, this fast food restaurant offers free miso soup to all guests.

I ordered a bowl with purple rice, noodles, lettuce, spicy chicken, corn, carrots, black beans and yum yum sauce. At first, I was unsure if this combination would taste good, but to my surprise, it was delicious.

The purple rice brought in a salty flavor, unlike the regular white rice, and was a great addition to my Bibibop bowl. Likewise, the yum yum sauce, a Japanese steak sauce made in America, added a sweet taste that mixed well with all the other toppings and proteins. The chicken was cooked well and wasn’t too spicy, which I enjoyed. All the toppings were fresh, a key characteristic for a restaurant that wants to be known for their “bold flavors and healthy ingredients,” which is one of their slogans.

The atmosphere of the restaurant was well organized and had a modern feel due to its seating options and upstairs level. Bibibop provided many different arrangements options including high-bar dining room tables.

I recommend Bibibop to all students looking for healthy, inexpensive and tasty food choices. Their Rockville location is only seven minutes away from the CESJDS Upper School and has free parking. I can’t wait to return and try more of their proteins and toppings.

Bibibop is located at 11580 Old Georgetown Rd. in Rockville. Hours are Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

This story was featured in the Volume 35, Issue 5 print edition of The Lion’s Tale, published on March 22, 2018.

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