Bowl’d

Many Friday nights ago, I decided to expand my dining options and explore the restaurants in Solano Avenue. With a huge craving for some Korean food, I found myself stepping through the doors of Bowl’d. This restaurant’s main specialty seems to be its bibimbap, which is a large rice bowl with tons of assorted vegetables, meat and a sunny side up egg to top it all off. Bowl’d breaks down the process of selecting the rice bowl into three steps:

First, you choose between a regular bowl or a sizzling bibimbap served in a hot stone bowl. Go for the hot stone bowl.

Secondly, your rice of choice — white or mixed grain rice. For this step, I highly recommend going for the mixed grain rice which has wild sweet rice, sweet brown rice, barley and wild red rice. If that doesn’t sound enticing enough, perhaps the superior health benefits of eating mixed grain rice will persuade you.

And finally, no bibimbap will be complete without your meat of choice (or tofu if you are vegetarian).

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I was also excited to see the Korean fish ice cream in the restaurant’s fridge close to the entrance. I have seen them in the telly or in friends’ pictures but never really knew what they were. They were priced at a dollar each, and the restaurant uses the honor system as customers are just expected to pay for the ice cream by putting the money in a glass jar by the fridge.

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It was alright — it had vanilla ice cream and red bean filling. Nothing much to rave about but the idea of eating a fish ice cream still excites me to this day.

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