9543 42 Avenue NW, Edmonton
B Bim Baab is located in the middle of nowhere. Or well, the industrial south side of Edmonton, where nothing is really located. That being said though, a bonus is that there is a huge amplitude of parking nearby. They have their own little area in front of their restaurant, and then additional parking at the adjacent lot (outside of business hours, it’s relatively empty).
We came at around 6 ish, after work, and I was surprised to see that there were quite a few of cars outside already. We walked in and the restaurant was relatively full. The menu is quite extensive (Links to menu below), with your classic dishes.
We were given your standard banchan, which comprised of seaweed salad, kimchi, and bean sprouts. Nothing too spectacular. I can, however, make the comment that their seaweed salad was actually quite light and refreshing and a good way to start off my meal.
The first thing we got was their Dak Kang Jung (#46). This is described as battered and deep fried chicken breast balls. These were very good. I would have to say that I enjoyed these more than the ‘famous’ chicken balls at Lee House. The sauce was very nice and light, and the chicken was very tender and moist to every bite. The chicken itself wasn’t the perfect ball form, if you’re used to the ones from Lee House, but I think this led for an more enjoyable texture and kept things from being too dry. Definitely recommend this dish!
The next dish we got was the Soft Tofu Soup (#17). This came out nice and hot with a very generous portion of tofu. This was pretty mild, and enjoyable to eat with rice. Definitely a comfort food. It can be a little bit on the bland side, but I can imagine eating this on a nice cold day. If you don’t like the taste of tofu, or you want something more adventurous, this one can be a bit on the boring side.
The next thing we got was the Gam Ja Tang (#29). This is a pork bone soup with potatoes and vegetables. As I mentioned before, I’m always iffy on soup, because I feel it’s always 70% broth, 30% actual food. I was quite pleasantly surprised with this one! It came out with a very generous amount of meat and potatoes. The broth was flavourful, and the meat was very tender. Definitely not a bad dish to get!
Lastly, we got the Cha Jiang Myun. This was thick noodles with pork, sesame seeds, green onions, topped with cucumbers and a black bean sauce. The sauce was sweet and savoury. This was definitely a tasty dish. The tastiness however, was probably due to the fact that it was incredibly greasy and oily. My mouth wanted me to keep eating it because it was so tasty, but with every bite, I could feel the oil coat the inside of my mouth and stomach. Definitely a double-edged sword. But still, I’d definitely recommend getting this dish. It’s really tasty, but maybe only get it occasionally! Because it’s heavy on carbs and calories.
I really enjoyed B Bim Baab! I’ve been here once or twice before a few years ago, and had their signature dishes, but it’s been so long that I need to go back and have some more of their namesake dishes! To be honest, I prefer B Bim Baab slightly over Lee house. I think the quality of food is a bit better and the portions are a bit better! That being said though, I’m not sure if that’s enough to make me want to drive all the way to the south side/industrial region!