Who says that healthy food cannot taste good, and offered at a good price too? Bibigo does all three.
Located at Nex Mall, this outlet serves a variety of healthy sets that costs less than $10.
I tried a few of them, and the one I would go for would be the Bibigo Rice, which consists of lots of healthy yet tasty salad on brown rice.
For those looking for something a little more hearty, there is the Korean pancake, which has a nice crisp with generous portions of seafood.
Finally, the really indulgent would do well with the pork belly, which really melts in the mouth.
For dessert, the place offers a variety of ice cream to have. A light way to end the hearty meal.
I was invited to Bibigo as part of a HGW food tasting, it is located next to NTUC Xtra in Nex and is a good place for friends gathering because of the spacious seating, high ceiling + central location. The rice sets are reasonably prices at $15-$16++.
Bibigo is part of the CJ conglomerate which is big in supermakets, media and other business interests. For example NTUC carried the CJ brand of kimchi.
Sweet & Spicy Rice Cake - The rice cake is pan fried before it is coated with the sweet/spicy sauce, giving an extra dimension to the bite and taste.
Ginseng Orange Salad - an acquired taste, the testure of ginseng shreds is like man guang
Pajeon: Seafood Pancake - really good, lotsa vegetables and seafood and just enough batter to bring everthing together
Hot Stone Galbi - tender beef, marinated just nice, but I wish there could be more pieces of meat.
Boiled Pork Slices - looks simple and unassuming and despite the layers of fat, it does not feel gelak, goes perfectly with the accompanying slightly spicy bean paste.
Hot Stone Bibimbap/Bibigo Rice - we had an assortment of different types of rice with different meat and condiments. The black rice stood out the most; it has a nice bite (makes your jaws work) and flavour + it is healthy also. The condiments come in satchets which seems like fast food style but I guess it is more hygenic than digging into a shared pot of sauce.
Japchae: Silver Noodle - Sweet potato noodles cold dish stirred with sesame seed and assorted vegetable, a light and refreshing treat.
Bibigo Ice Cream - made from rice, quite light and good round up to the meal
Went there on Sat (22 Nov) for dinner. It's our first visit and we found that the food was overpriced as the portion was small, especially for the meat items like grilled bulgogi. Staff service was slow & rude. The female staff who took our order kept rushing us by asking 'anything else' at least 5 times and showing extreme impatience. The only saving grace was the gangnam chicken which tasted good but definitely not worth another visit.
I'm a fan of bibigo rice based dishes. However I tried to be adventurous and ordered the brown rice noodles for the first time after many visits to bibigo. After the first mouthful of the broth, I knew I had just paid $9 for disappointment. The dish scored zero for taste and zero for nutrition. It was just plain soft noodles with scorched rice disks soaking in a broth - it's not even worth calling it broth because it just tasted like a heap of pepper mixed with water. The soup was very peppery to the point of unpalatable. I endured a few mouthfuls of noodles sans soup and gave up eventually. All that accompanied the noodles were tiny cubes of tofu and two slivers of zucchini. I could have paid a third of the price for a more satisfying and wholesome bowl of food court noodle soup. I'm really baffled as to how this ill-developed dish made it to the menu. It's definitely going down in my records and never to be eaten again. Be warned.
A go-to spot for healthy Korean dishes like hot-stone grilled meats ($15 to $25) and bibimbap (mixed rice with vegetables, $10), Bibigo also serves an appetiser-sized portion of the Korean fried chicken. Called Red Chicken ($8), boneless pieces of chicken are batter-fried to a crisp coating and then tossed in a sweet and mildly spicy kohot sauce (a fermented pepper sauce made with red chillies, fermented soybeans, glutinous rice and salt). These are served in small pieces, result in fuller coatings and a more robust flavour. This spice levels aren’t high so this one's good for those who cannot tolerate spice.