Bibimap = 1000+ calories?!

4 years ago

Saw this article published in the Toronto Star and I felt compelled to dispel the myths that the author wrote.

First of all, traditional bibimbap is not 1000+ calories. If you go to an actual authentic Korean restaurant, it`s less than 500 calories.

The first red flag was the fact that the photo she put did NOT even match the nutritional values presented.

The photo showed a regular Bibimbap, however, the nutritional values were derived from the DOLSOT Bibimbap, which means Hot Stone Pot. Obviously it will have more calories and fat as you put oil in the rice to make sure it all does not stick to the hot stone pot.

The other red flag was the fact that she went to a Japanese-Korean restaurant that is tailored for the Western Culture. This means a larger portion and stronger flavors.

Personally I`ve been to Hosu before, and when I ordered my meal with 1/2 the portion of rice, I received 3 cups of rice. That was AFTER I said 1/2 portion. Regular bibimbap doesn`t even give you 3 cups of rice.

Nor does it serve japchae, which is the glass noodles, in it. Every Korean restaurant I`ve been to, which is well over 20, none have served japchae in the bibimbap. Every Westernized Korean restaurant I`ve been to, including Hosu, has served me ridiculous portions of food and the vegetables were more oily.

Though the one thing I have to agree on is cutting back on the bibimbap sauce, as it does have a lot of sodium.

I advise anyone who reads these articles to take it with a "grain of salt". For most foods, it does provide a more accurate account of the nutritional value. However, I found that it generalizes other cultures` food too much. Add on the fact that they only seem to visit the very Westernized restaurants that serve more than double the regular portion and use double the amount of oil to cook it.

Hope that helps!

*photo is sourcelinked*


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