As you all may know, Korean cuisine is taking over the Philippine palate by storm. Korean restaurants are popping up everywhere like mushrooms and there is even a town full of it in Angeles City. This is attributed to the fact that more Filipinos are open to its flavors with some loving it so much like we do. Bonchon, being one of the popular fast-casual restaurant chains here in the country, offers innovative dishes to cater to those who are after exciting new flavors.
Bonchon offers bibimbowls which are available in variants – Original, Fiery Spice and Creamy Curry.
What they are additionally offering much to our delight is the BonChon Taco Bibimbowl for only PHP 99 (or USD 1.97) ala carte.
It is served with a lid that not only helps keep your bibimbowl warm but prevents dirt from coming in contact with it. The lid also shares the best way to enjoy your bibimbowl: mix it before you enjoy it.
The whole concept of the dish is pegged at Korean bibimbap or also known as mixed rice.
Anyway, instead of the usual array of nori strips, egg strips, shredded carrot, and spicy Korean sauce, the BonChon Taco Bibimbowl utilizes some of the essential ingredients of a Mexican meal. Fresh diced tomatoes, beans, crushed tortilla chips, and salsa are placed over plain steamed rice with the choice of meat or seafood.
The salsa for me is what gives character to the entire dish. It noticeably is unlike the usual salsa as seen in the photo above.
To give you an idea of its taste, if I’m not mistaken, it has a faintly sweet and citrusy flavor with a bit of heat. I have yet to determine what ingredients are used for it. My wild guess is that they added sweet Habanero pepper in the salsa or used it as the primary ingredient.
Me-An had the Beef variant. The hearty, earthy taste of the beans, light crisp of the tortillas, the freshness of the tomatoes, and even the special salsa sauce works wonderfully with the BonChon glazed beef. It is one of those dishes that you won’t know you’ll like it unless you try it.
I can’t help but relish every spoonful of it.
On the other hand, I had the chicken variant. It comes with chicken poppers and with the same ingredients of the beef taco bibimbowl.
With this variant, I hope there is more of the salsa so everything can be coated evenly. What is good about this is that it is meatier. So, if you want a more filling meal, opt for this. Me-An prefers this version more due to the satisfying crunch it adds.
Available in beef, chicken, and seafood, the combination of flavors surprisingly didn’t taste forced which made me like it. In addition, the different textures in each spoonful make it fun to eat. We’re definitely adding BonChon Taco Bibimbowl to my list of comfort food as its spot on.
Taco Bibimbowl is available in all stores except Boracay, SM Las Pinas, SM Seaside, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, SM Iloilo, SM Davao, SM Cauayan, SM Dasmarinas, Abreeza Davao, Ayala Terraces Cebu, Centrio Mall CDO, Veranza Mall GenSan, KCC Mall Zamboanga, Robinsons Butuan, SM Legazpi, Robinsons Tacloban.
Learn more about Taco Bibimbowl here: http://bonchon.com.ph/new-products/bonchon-taco-bibimbowl/