Ten food quotes and a Bibimbap bowl

Food is always associated with festivities in most cultures. Among the Bengalis, eating out is a norm during the Durga Puja. At the pandals, stalls are set up that sell a variety of food from different parts of the country. The trend of eating out continues on and off till Diwali and then peaks up again during the New Year.

These are the times when I usually try out different cuisines. Though my food choices are rather limited by the virtue of being a vegetarian, I look for the vegetarian version of various cuisines. Last week, during a lunch-out at Hitchki (the word means hiccup in Hindi), a restaurant in Powai,  I spotted a dish on the Menu card, with a rather strange sounding name – Bibimbap.


Seeing the unusual name, I checked out its composition.  It looked like a rice dish cooked with carrots, mushrooms, and some other ingredients. I found that the restaurant served the dish both with and without meat. I opted for the vegetarian version, which we ordered along with dim sum and bough for starters. While waiting for the order, I surfed the net to find out where this cuisine came from. 

Bibimbap – a popular Korean dish

Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish, made of rice, served with sautéed and seasoned vegetables, and a bit of pepper paste. The word Bibimbap translates as “mixed rice,” with ‘bibim’ meaning “mixed” and ‘bap’ meaning “cooked rice”. It is an essential dish in Korean cuisine. The ingredients are chosen carefully to balance, harmonize, and offset each other. The Koreans believe it heals the body, releases energy and keeps illness away.


Soon after the attendant had served the dim sum, he brought the Bibimbap in a black bowl.  Sliced carrots, cucumber, mushrooms and soybean sprouts arranged on top of the rice, with sesame seeds sprinkled over them gave a wholesome look to the dish. It was served with hot pepper paste on the side. The textures and colours came together nicely in the bowl. Everything was supposed to be mixed up before eating.

As I dug my spoon into it, I found that the vegetables, being lightly cooked, retained their individual flavours and all combined together tasted delicious. There was some sweetness to the sprouts maybe due to honey added during cooking.

So, the unusual sounding Bibimbap turned out to be a healthy dish. Those who are fond of sweet rice ‘meethe chawal’ would enjoy this dish.

Hitchki Powai Wall decor

Quotes on Food

While on the topic of food, let me share some of my favourite quotes and proverbs on food that are universally applicable

The belly rules the mind. – Spanish Proverb


All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. – John Gunther

If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food. -Sally Edwards

Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature. – Carlo Petrini


The so-called nouvelle cuisine usually means not enough on your plate and too much on your bill. – Paul Bocuse

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. -Voltaire

I have come to the conclusion that just as the Japanese live to work, Asians live to eat. – Anastacia Oaikhena

Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork. – English Proverb

Oh yes, before I end, a word about Hitchki. It is a resto bar, designed with the theme of nostalgia. It was interesting to see old telephones boxes hung on a wall and a bicycle on another.

The service was average and the music was a bit loud for my liking. Some preparations were very good, while some were average. But,  the bowl of Bibimbap made it a memorable treat for me.

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    By: Somali K Chakrabarti

    Hi there! Welcome to Scribble and Scrawl! Here, I delve into themes related to positive lifestyle – from making smart-living choices, savvy financial decisions to nurturing the mind, body and soul. I share my travel experiences, explore facets of art and culture and highlight inspiring stories. Hope you enjoy reading my posts.

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Somali K Chakrabarti

Hi there! Welcome to Scribble and Scrawl! Here, I delve into themes related to positive lifestyle - from making smart-living choices, savvy financial decisions to nurturing the mind, body and soul. I share my travel experiences, explore facets of art and culture and highlight inspiring stories. Hope you enjoy reading my posts.

  • Looks like a neat place, Somali! Do you like world cuisine or you prefer sticking to the norm?

  • While I appreciate and understand your choice to be a vegetarian. It is a food that goes with our digestive system well. Still, during Pujo you are experimenting with a vegetarian dish! Could have made some exception, unless totally committed to be vegetarian. Just an unsolicited advice. I personally think vegetarian food goes well with me. But i am not a strictly vegetarian.

    • Thank you sir. Not an unsolicited advice. Any Bengali person would have said the same. Somehow, I cannot have non -veg. I gave up eating non-veg when I was in school. Though after marriage, I occasionally tried eating fish, I did not relish it. So, I am totally committed to be vegetarian, in a non- vegetarian family :-) The only exception is eggs. On other hand, my husband and daughter equate Pujo with fish fry, mutton chop, roomali rooti etc. :D :D

  • Excellent quotes Somali. and like the last one…
    We are what we eat… And I think we should all try something different.. When abroad I always love trying the local dishes.. Its all part of the holiday adventure learning to eat and taste new foods.
    :-) though I will be honest I can not eat very spicy hot…

    • Thank you very much Sue. Food gives a taste of the culture and lifestyle of any place. So, I also love to try out local dishes when I go to some new place, but like you I also prefer food that is less spicy and hot. Additionally I do not eat fish and meat. So choices are limited. Thank you once again for your kind visit. :-)

  • I love it when people share delicious vegetarian dishes rather than non-veg. After all, it isn’t fun to read about things one would never try. Thanks for sharing Somali :)
    Bibimbap sounds funny like some creature in a children’s fantasy. I like it when name sounds funny or weird. That makes eating the dish sound like an adventure :D
    Have a great week ahead.

  • Bibimbap! I’ve had this dish a few times and it always comes across as flavourful. It’s nice you can taste the taste of the individual vegetables – that’s when you know a dish is prepared with the chef bringing out the flavours in mind and not wanting a certain taste to overpower over the other, which is so common with many MSG-laden fast foods today. And you ordered dim sum too… didn’t hear you say if it what good or bad, and I hope the dim sum was good :D

    For me, each meal is to be savoured. Not every day I get to eat breakfast because I’m rushing to work, but when I do get the chance to eat my meal, I like to eat it slow and savour every bit and taste :)

    • Thank you Mabel. You might be surprised to know that while posting I thought you might have had it since it is likely to be available in many East Asian countries.
      I didn’t have the dim sum as it meat in it. My husband and daughter relished those. I ordered bough instead , which I first mistook for large sized dim sum but after eating I found that cover was made of wheat. I preferred the Bibimbap to bough.
      Good to know that you eat slowly while savoring the food, when you have time. That is supposed to be the best way to eat. But skipping breakfast is not a good idea dear. I don’t intend to be preachy but if you can, please try to have some breakfast before you rush out. Have a great week. :-) :-)

  • Beautiful article. Being a foodie, I always have an ardent interest in trying out new cuisines and beverages. I thoroughly enjoyed your food experience. If possible, do try Korean Spicy tofu soup next time. I personally love it. And yes, those ten food quotes are really great. Anastecia Oaikhena and Alex Atala’s quotes are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bibimbap! Never heard of it before, but loving the name :-D It sounds like a delectable dish. “Hitchki” is also a very innovative name :-D … Food is the only thing that unites us all, in the same way. The quotes are wonderful!

  • I love vegetarian cuisine! I’m more of a pescatarian — seafood is my belly over mind food. ???? Great dishes and excellent quotes that complete your post perfectly, Somali. ????????

  • My daughter is a total vegetarian too.. And yet she makes the most delicious meals and I only just saw this reply… It did not appear in my notifications.. So thank you xx

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