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Bapshim

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Korean

Ballard

$$$$Perfect For:LunchQuick EatsGluten-Free OptionsSerious Take-Out Operation
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The customization options at casual lunch places can be exhausting for both you and the apathetic college student taking your very specific order. At Bapshim, a daytime takeout spot in Ballard that specializes in gluten-free build-your-own Korean bowls, ordering is easy. And that’s because saying “yes” to every possible topping is not just encouraged. It’s what makes Bapshim one of the best places in Seattle for a lunch run.

This small space attached to the back of Wero is only a few 2014 People magazines away from feeling like a dentist's waiting room. There are chairs pushed against the wall, palm leaf-patterned wallpaper, and you’ll walk out with a bag of soy-marinated meat instead of mint-waxed floss. Whether you’re dragging your feet back to the office or heading home for the day, these bowls travel excellently. The rice stays warm without wilting the pile of mixed greens, and cubes of sweet Korean radish don’t lose their crunch in transit. 

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The biggest choice you do need to make here is between protein options, like spicy pork, or a buttery beef bulgogi that Bapshim does particularly well. (We wouldn’t expect less from the team behind one of Seattle’s best Korean restaurants.) But that's where your decision-making can stop. When it comes to toppings and sauces like gojuchang aioli or doenjang honey, add it all. These bowls taste best when every ingredient joins the party. Pickled onions take shots with roasted corn, spicy chicken dances to Tech N9ne with purple rice, and carrots become fast friends with sesame oil. And that college kid? They’re here too—cracking a White Claw, relieved you’re eating at Bapshim today. 

Food Rundown

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Bulgogi Beef

While all of the meat options here are tasty, the sooner these marinated pieces of thinly sliced beef mix with the plethora of sauces and toppings, the sooner you’ll forget about a time when Chipotle barbacoa did it for you.
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Spicy Pork

While it's not as flavorful as the soy-marinated beef, the chunks of pork have an intense kick, and pair perfectly with acidic and salty toppings, like pickled onions and soy-soaked chilis.

Spicy Chicken

It’s easy for chicken to get pushed aside, but nothing about Bapshim’s screams forgotten stepchild. A solid option if pork and beef don't appeal to you.

Mayak Egg

Technically, it’s not a standalone dish, but this jammy soy-marinated egg is Bapshim’s pièce de résistance. This is one of the only toppings that you’ll need to ask to be added, and it costs a bit extra. But do not order a bowl without one.

FOOD RUNDOWN

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