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Box of frozen Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco
Inside box of frozen Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco
Frozen Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco (before heating)
Heated Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco

When I saw this package of Korean (Style) Bibimbap Beef bowls at Costco, of course, I just had to try it. The box comes with four bowls and packets of Gochujang sauce (a spicy and sometimes sweet chili paste sauce). I tried a bowl just following the microwave instructions on the back of the box: peel back a corner and microwave for 3 minutes! Thaw the Gochujang sauce under warm water, add the sauce to the bowl to taste (after the microwaving), and mix. Super easy!

I used a little more than half the Gochujang sauce when I mixed it into the bowl. The sauce had an overall good spiciness to it, and I initially thought it was too tangy for my liking, but it actually tasted fine after that. It did have the savory sweet Korean BBQ flavors, and the beef was good - just wish there had been more (a common theme with frozen food). A couple of the beef pieces were also slightly chewy, but they were still good. The vegetables went well with the beef, but the majority of the bowl did seem to be the rice. I suppose that at least made it more filling. Also, one of my favorite parts of bibimbap is the addition of egg, which this, unfortunately, did not have. However, I really liked the overall taste and would still get it again.

I enjoyed this bibimbap bowl over the one from Trader Joe's as I preferred this bowl's Gochujang sauce taste, it had larger pieces of beef, and I liked the texture of the beef better. I did like that the one from Trader Joe's had some bits of egg, though. However, eating the Trader Joe's Bibimbap Bowl also resulted in an upset stomach, and this one, thankfully, did not have that effect.

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: Frozen Bibigo Korean Style Bibimbap Beef
Source: Costco, Scottsdale, AZ
Rating: Good

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Box of Trader Joe's Bibimbap Bowl
Korean Bibimbap Bowl from Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's has had this frozen bibimbap bowl for a while, but I haven't tried it until now.

I've usually had bibimbap only at Korean restaurants, which comes in a warm bowl of rice with BBQ beef, fried egg, and vegetables with some red Gochujang sauce. My mom is Korean so I've also had different variations of leftover Korean food with rice mixed together.

The Trader Joe's bibimbap comes frozen with everything in it, and the frozen rice has a "styrofoam" look to it. The instructions were very easy -- just peel back the cover 1/2 an inch and microwave it for three minutes. The sauce is just thawed out under warm water.

I only added about half the sauce packet after the bowl was microwaved because I didn't want it to be too sweet. The red sauce had a sweet and spicy chili taste, and the beef had a sweet, Korean BBQ flavor. Combined, it did have an overall Korean bibimbap taste and feel. The beef was somewhat minimal - I counted about 8 small pieces of beef, maybe 10, if you include the broken bits. The bibimbap could have actually used some more of everything: more beef, spinach, carrots, egg and bean sprouts. But it was tasty, especially if you want a quick bibimbap and don't want to drive out to a Korean restaurant.

Unfortunately, my stomach was also hurting after eating this. Not sure if it was the sauce or something that came frozen in the bowl... it tasted fine, but I wasn't feeling so good afterward.

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Trader Joe's Bibimbap Bowl (Frozen)
Source: Trader Joe's, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK
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Dumplings from Asiana Restaurant, West Chester, OH
Sides from Asiana Restaurant, West Chester, OH
Beef Kalbi from Asiana Restaurant, West Chester, OH
Grilled salmon teriyaki from Asiana Restaurant, West Chester, OH

My mom took me out to eat at Asiana Resaurant in West Chester, OH. I ordered my favorite Korean foods: Beef Kalbi/Galbi and dumplings / mandu. My mom ordered a lunch box combo that came with grilled salmon teriyaki.

The dumplings / mandu were pan-fried vegetable dumplings, and they were nice and crunchy. I couldn't really tell what vegetables were in it, but it was delicious.

The kalbi came out nice and sizzling. However, the taste of the kalbi was more salty than sweet; it wasn't as sweet as I would have liked. A lot of the beef was either fat or bone so there wasn't much meat to get out of it.

My mom's grilled salmon teriyaki was cooked very well and wasn't too dry. The teriyaki sauce also wasn't very sweet, but it went fine with the salmon.

The meal came with the usual Korean side dishes and rice. There were six side dishes, I was very happy to see fish cake among them. I looove the slightly sweet taste of fish cake so, not surprisingly, that was my favorite side dish. I also enjoyed the kimchi since it wasn't a sour kimchi, and it was nice and slightly sweet. The remaining side dishes had mostly a salty taste and were a little too salty for me.

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Dumplings, Kalbi, Salmon Teriyaki Lunch Box Combo
Source: Asiana Korean Restaurant, West Chester, OH
Rating (Dumplings): Delicious
Rating (Kalbi): OK
Rating (Salmon Teriyaki): Good
Rating (Fish Cake & Kimchi Sides): Delicious
Rating (Other Side Dishes): OK

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