Mom and son Korean restaurant Bibim does it right

Mom Young Kim and her son Ed run Bibim in Allston; among dishes served are jjolmyun (above left), cold noodles with chili sauce, cucumbers, red cabbage, and a yolked egg; and kalbi, beef ribs with grilled onions and chili peppers.
Mom Young Kim and her son Ed run Bibim in Allston; among dishes served are jjolmyun (above left), cold noodles with chili sauce, cucumbers, red cabbage, and a yolked egg; and kalbi, beef ribs with grilled onions and chili peppers.photos by Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

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Nothing at Bibim, formerly Color restaurant, has been Americanized and the heat hasn’t been toned down either. The former Color was very bright and cheerful. One-and-a-half years ago, Young Kim, 49, bought it and kept the name while she and her son, Ed, 26, who manages the restaurant while she cooks, were deciding what to change it to. Several months ago a hair salon adjacent to Color came available and the Kims took it over.

Bibim in Korean means “mixed,” as in the famous dish, bibimbap, or “mixed rice.” Young Kim, an artist who specializes in watercolors, acted as designer. On the menu is mom’s home cooking, including an “army stew” with Vienna sausages, Spam, and Velveeta cheese. This may account for the many young Koreans filling the tables here.

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