Imagine the convenience of a Chipotle-style, build-your-own counter service model combined with semi-exotic flavors like Bangkok curry and Chiang Mai chili all based on a the Korean classic bibimbap, and B. B. Bop Rice Bowls is born.
Traditional Korean bibimbap involves layering sautéed or steamed vegetables, lean grilled meat, and an egg on top of a hot stone bowl filled with steamed rice. The popular dish is highly nutritious since it contains all the necessary components of a complete, nourishing meal. B. B. Bop uses the basic of idea of bibimbap and works the concept around the “build your own” frenzy of consumer America. Add to the formula the turnaround time of a fast food restaurant, and B. B. Bop is a win-win choice for a healthy, nutritious, fast lunch.
To build a rice bowl at B. B. Bop, choose your rice (jasmine, brown, or house, jasmine rice with a hint of ginger and sesame oil), protein (grilled beef, chicken, tofu, or two additional vegetables), and four lightly steamed vegetables (cabbage, corn, peas, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, chickpeas, bell peppers, and bean sprouts). The fresh goodies are layered in a recyclable, microwave and dishwasher-safe, plastic bowl for you to add one or more of seven sauces, ranging from traditional Asian (soy and teriyaki) to something not normally associated with bibimbap (tomatillo cucumber salsa and coconut curry sauce). Close the lid, and shake until your sauce of choice spreads its tastiness throughout the chosen ingredients. Voila! A healthy, fast lunch! For those watching the carb-intake, B. B. Bop also offers a rice-free version of the bowl.
In addition to the “build your own” rice bowls, B. B. Bop also offers Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches for under $4. The banh mi’s are toned down for American taste (no pate or head cheese involved), but the essence of the Vietnamese classic stays intact through the mild sweetness of the crunchy, pickled carrots, familiar fragrance of the fresh cilantro, and pungent kick of the jalapeno slices. Add B. B. Bop’s well seasoned grilled meat (beef or chicken) and freshly baked baguette into the mix, and it’s a sandwich you’ll be coming back for.
Rating: 4 / 5
B. B. Bop Rice Bowls
2460 Lacy Lane
Carrollton, TX 75006
This review is to appear in edited form in the upcoming book, the Fearless Critic Dallas Restaurant Guide. The book will be released in 2009 at bookstores and on Amazon.com. For more information about the book, please contact Fearless Critic Media.