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Bibimbap

Bibimbap (literally means "mixed rice" or "mixed meal" ) is one of most popular dish in Korea - a simple yet highly nutritious meal incorporating a variety of different vegetables along with beef and egg. In many parts of Korea, they also serve a vegetarian version, as well as another variation called dolsot bibimbap ("dolsot" meaning "stone pot" ) - served in an iron or stone pot or bowl with a raw egg on top of it. The bottom of the pot is then coated with sesame oil making the layer of the rice touching the bowl golden brown and crispy.

My Korean friend Sol-Yi, who introduced me to Gochujang Bulgoki, also prepared Bibimbap for my Japanese friend Yumi and I for lunch in her tiny student apartment. It was simple yet filling, nutritious and delicious. Both of us loved this dish immediately. Since then, I have made it a few times at home and as I change the ingredients, each time the taste of my Bibimbap is unique and different.

Bibimbap

(Sol-Yi's receipe)

Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 1 carrot (cut in thin sticks)
  • 1 zucchini (cut into thin sticks)
  • ½ yellow bell pepper (sliced)
  • 125 g ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • Gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • Salt, pepper & sesame Oil
  • a pot of Japanese or round rice
Bibimbap ingredients
Directions
  1. Marinate the ground beef with a bit of sesame oil and salt or light soya sauce and pepper.
  2. Heat the wok with a bit of oil, stir-fry the carrot till cooked. Do the same with zucchini and bell pepper.
  3. Heat the wok with some oil, fry the eggs sunny side up.
  4. Lastly stir-fry the ground beef with a bit of oil.
  5. Scoop some cooked rice in a large bowl, put the egg in the centre, then arrange the vegetables and the meat around the egg.
  6. Serve it hot with a spoonful of Gochujang and a drop of sesame oil (optional). Mix (stir) them all together well and enjoy !
  7. Add more Gochujang if needed according to one's taste.
Conclusions

Hehehe... when you mix it up, it really doesn't look that appetizing but it is truly delicious. Normally I always put some bean sprouts in my Bibimbap but this time, I decided to try out with the bell pepper. It gives a different taste but still delicious. I have yet to try it with mushrooms and other chinese vegetables.

Notes

What I like about this dish is its versatility - you can use any type of vegetables. You can turn this dish into totally vegetarian or you can include some meat. Some of the vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, carrot, mu (white radish), mushrooms, doraji(bellflower root), and nori, as well as spinach, bean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu), either plain or sauteed, or a leaf of lettuce may also be added, and beef can be substituted with chicken or seafood.

Bibimbap
25 comments.
#1, by Kelly Mahoney (09/21/2007)

How delicious and healthful. I would have never guessed that was a real word! At any rate, it looks like a beautiful dish that satisfies multiple food groups.

#2, by Kevin (09/22/2007)

Bibimbap is one of my favorites dishes. Yours looks pretty good.

#3, by Lydia (09/22/2007)

Looks yummy. It's the Korean chili paste that really makes the different. This is one of my favorite one-dish meals.

#4, by Bon Vivant (09/22/2007)

Luckily, I work and live within many, many great bibimbap places. It's interesting to see how each place does it slightly differently. I love dol sot bibimbap with Jo Gee Gui on the side.

#5, by Cynthia (09/22/2007)

Pamela and the amazing thing about this dish, I think is that it can be prepared in no time. This is the kind of fast food I'd enjoy.

#6, by IronEaters (09/22/2007)

I love korean food! esp bulgogi!! for bibimbap, to b honest, i havent tried it at any korean restaurant by myself (just steal a spoonful o two from fren's )as i could not resist to not order bulgogi whenever i was there.lol. but like ur egg, sunny side up =D

#7, by teckiee (09/22/2007)

Look at that egg! I can never fry a nice bull's eye egg.

#8, by Anh (09/22/2007)

This is my fav Korean dish! I simply love it! Thanks for sharing.

#9, by Little Corner of Mine (09/22/2007)

Love your bibimbap, so colorful and healthy!

#10, by Susan (09/22/2007)

I live near a very large Korean community with many great restaurants. This is the kind of recipe that reminds me just how different and amazing Asian food is as much as it can be alike. Beautifully shot, inviting, final photo.

#11, by Ashley (09/23/2007)

I've heard of this dish before and have been wanting to try it, the vegetarian version of course. Your presentation makes it look delicious and I love the sound of how crispy the rice will be (that's touching the stone pot).

#12, by Katie (09/23/2007)

I love that - but I love anything with an egg on top.... I'm making Pizza Vesuvius tonight;-)

#13, by Tyree White (09/24/2007)

Looks to be a very taste-ie and healthly meal. --- tyree white

#14, by keeyit (09/24/2007)

So lovely and healthy meal.. Especially the egg.. The outlook of the meal looks good.. I want to try it !

#15, by Amy (09/26/2007)

This is one of my favorites!

#16, by Keropokman (09/27/2007)

Just last nite, sis wanted to eat Korean, she wanted to eat Bibimbap, but ended up eating Ja Jang Myeon instead.

She regretted and said should have stayed on to good ol bibimbap. hehe..

#17, by Kaykat (09/29/2007)

I can't wait to try the veggie version of this! Especially with a name like Bibimbap, love it!:-)

#18, by Meg Wolff (10/01/2007)

I love bibimbap!!! I have it with tofu and no egg...with only a touch of the hot sauce. I lived in Korea for 3 years and fell in love with the food! Thanks for the recipe.

#19, by Manne (10/29/2007)

Thansk for the tip! Finally got round to making this and it is indeed awesome.

#20, by dona146 (11/02/2008)

i super love bibimbap...looking at your pics makes me wanna make one..it's been some time since i last made one..i'm a big korean cuisine lover!

#21, by Anh (10/06/2009)

One of my comfort dishes! Absolutely delicious.

#22, by Lyndsey (10/06/2009)

I've never had this before. It looks really good. Like you said a dish with versatility. The same with fried rice, and quiche! Once you get the seasoning and main idea down, you can add what you like! I'm going to try this one.

#23, by Kevin (10/10/2009)

Nice looking bibimbap! I always try to make sure that I have some leftovers when I make Korean style meats to use in some bibimbap.

#24, by gaga (10/18/2009)

I love bimbimbap. You did a fabulous job!

#25, by 2nebang (12/19/2011)

mmmmmmmm i love korean food and kpop kekekekek its nice bibimbap kimchijige tagturitan its a nice oh and nice dessert tteok yummy