Bibimbap is a signature dish of Korean cuisine. Its main component is a bowl of white rice, which is adorned with a variety of seasoned vegetables and a spicy sauce. Bibimbap may come with beef, chicken, seafood, tofu or an egg, but pairing only veggies with the rice keeps the dish’s calorie count relatively low.
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The vegetables and other ingredients used in bibimbap help determine how many calories it has per serving. A homemade version that uses spinach, bell pepper, garlic, avocado and eggs in combination with oil, salt, soy sauce and sriracha has 530 calories in a single serving. A version prepared with rice wine, oil, soy sauce and vinegar as a marinade, tofu instead of eggs and cucumbers, carrots, spinach and mushrooms as the veggies has about 320 calories in a single serving.
If you order vegetable bibimbap at a restaurant, keep in mind that a serving size is not always the same as a portion size. The portion of bibimbap you get may contain multiple servings of the dish, which will make the total calorie count much higher.