I recently went on a salad bender. All day, everyday, for almost two weeks, my diet comprised an arugula base dotted with cherry tomatoes, pinenuts, and dried cranberries, dressed simply in EVOO, and finished off with roasted chicken breast. The odd thing was, I wasn't on some kind of fitness regime, weight-reduction plan or anything of the sort. As incredulous as it sounds, I just really really really loved my salads. (if you know me personally, you'll understand why it'd be quite the shock that I, the biggest junk food-lover, was suddenly "eating healthy") My girlfriends, well-aware of my salad binge, brought me to Paik's Bibim, in an effort to change up my routine, but still stay within the category of salad-esque grub.
Paik's Bibim, a self-serviced bistro serving up modern renditions of Korean bibimbap, is the Asian answer to western salads. Choc-a-bloc with fresh vegetables galore, Asian-styled proteins, atop a steamed rice layer, and tossed with lashings of a thinned-out sweet red pepper sauce, each bowl is refreshing, wholesome, and totally gratifying. Interesting tidbit #635: Paik's Bibim was opened by the same people behind Bornga a few doors away.
The Japanese-influenced Teriyaki Chicken Bibimbap ($8.50), laden with julienned lettuce and cabbage, fried crumbs, shredded seaweed, may look minuscule in comparison with the humongous bowl, but it was actually very substantial. Add the gochujang in small increments, as a little goes a long way, and it can get quite saccharine in large doses.
The Warm Noodles with Soy ($7.90), with julienned carrots and cucumbers, shredded lettuce and seaweed, and fried minced pork, was a lovely balance of the crunchy-and-chewy, sweet-and-savoury, and comforting-and-fresh.
1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: 6377 0696 / 8307 4253
Open daily from 11.30am to 9.30pm