Off the Beaten Plate: Bibimbap at O Café Korean Restaurant

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Bibimbap with pork at O Café Korean Restaurant, 1530 W. Sixth St., Suite E.

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Say it, bee-bim-bahp. Fun, huh? In Korean, bap means rice, and bibim means mix. This filling, one-bowl dish has rice on the bottom, topped with mushrooms and julienned vegetables, your choice of meat and a fried egg. Mix, then eat.

Where to get it: O Café Korean Restaurant, 1530 W. Sixth St., Suite E

What you’ll pay: $8.95 plus tax

Try it with: One of the little snacks they bring out before your meal. Might be radish or cabbage kimchi, or a mung bean pancake stuffed with seafood.

Also on the menu: Korean specialties such as bulgogi (marinated meat served on a hot skillet, with lettuce for wrapping) and Jja Jang Myeon (noodles and veggies topped with black soybean paste). Note: Some dishes are offered only one day a week.

Restaurant website: ocafelk.com

— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted (for better or worse) dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat menu item we should check out? Email food and features reporter Sara Shepherd at sshepherd@ljworld.com. Tweet her at Twitter.com/KCSSara.

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