Korean Soul Food in the Heart of Sydney: BibimBar
When I feel like Tteokbokki or Kimbap but cannot be bothered, then there is a place that immediately comes to mind: BibimBar, a Korean restaurant run by a young Korean couple.
So, today was one of those days when I craved Ttokbokki, and why not? I made my way to Redfern. The restaurant is conveniently located not far from Redfern station, where all the train lines meet. Whether you drive or use public transport, reaching it is easy.
It's just about a 10-minute walk from the station. Some might say it's a bit of a walk, but I rather like it that way. Visiting this place always leaves me feeling quite full, and walking back afterward helps alleviate a bit of my quilt. Haha.
Address: 69 Abercrombie St. Chippendale Sydney 2008
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 30am - 3pm (lunch), 5 30pm - 10pm (dinner)
Sat 5 30pm -10pm (dinner only)
Contact 02 8964 0900
Bibimbar, located at 69 Abercrombie St., is a Korean restaurant that specializes in Korean soul food. Their menu boasts a veriety of delicious dishes, including bibimbap, ramyun, fried chicken, tteokbokki, and more. At Bibimbar, you can savor a range of fresh. flavorful, and satisfying Korean delicacies.
One of their signature offerings is the traditional bibimbap, a delectable bowl of rice topped with assorted vegetables, egg, and your choice of meat or tofu. For something equally delightful, try the Korean-style seaweed rice roll (kimbap), a flavorful wrap filled with rice, egg, cheese, and ham. If you're in the mood for spice, the chicken ramyun—a noodle soup crowned with fried chicken—or the kimchi jjigae, a hearty stew featuring fermented cabbage, pork, and tofu, won't disappoint.
Fried chicken lovers are in for a treat at Bibimbar, with options like soy garlic, sweet chili, honey butter, and original flavors. You can order a whole or half chicken or just the wings. Smaller dishes include popcorn chicken, tteokbokki (rice cakes in sweet and spicy sauce), mandu (dumplings), and more.
To complement your meal, Bibimbar offers a selection of anju (snacks to accompany drinks) such as seafood pajeon (pancake with seafood and spring onion) and kimchi jeon (pancake with kimchi). You can pair your food with soft drinks, sparkling water, or soju cocktails.
Bibimbar welcomes guests from Monday to Saturday, serving from 11:30 am to 3 pm and again from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. You have the convenience of ordering online for delivery or pick-up via Uber Eats, or you can visit the restaurant in person.
The atmosphere at Bibimbar is both modern and cozy, featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and comfortable leather seats. It's the perfect place to relish Korean comfort food with friends and family.
For me, knowing exactly what I wanted, I simply ordered Tteokbokki as soon as I arrived, without even glancing at the menu. Once you start savoring it, it's as if your Korean food cravings are fully awakened. (I mean, I am Korean, after all! lol) You might find yourself contemplating if you should indulge in more.
In my case, I couldn't resist the temptation of Tofu Kimbap, and I was certainly glad I ordered it. Tteokbokki and Kimbap make for a culinary duo that you just can't afford to miss, and it was as delicious as I had hoped!
I had the opportunity to chat with Su, one of the owners, a wonderfully friendly Korean lady at the restaurant. She shared the inspiring story of how she and Kenny, her husband, who had spent years working at a Michelin-star restaurant, aimed to showcase the diversity of Korean cuisine.
Su also mentioned that the restaurant had been featured in the SBS food section previously, and I was able to find the article online as well. The article delves into Kenny's culinary journey, sharing how his interest in cooking was sparked by his mother's unconventional approach to the kitchen. It's not because she was a skilled cook, but rather the opposite—her cooking was, in Kenny's own words, 'terrible.'
Discovering how Kenny and Su came up with the idea of opening BibimBar is a fascinating tale in itself. For the full story, I invite you to read the article by clicking the button below.
I hope you find it as captivating as I did!