Tuesday, January 17, 2012

food (food) | bibimbap

Bibimbap, prounounced BEE•beem•bop, is a korean rice dish that I like to refer to as healthy fried rice. Typically served in a large stone pot, this is more than a dish, this is a hearty meal. Traditionally  it has beef, rice, a fried egg and a mixture of lightly cooked vegetables like bean sprouts, spinach, zucchini, carrots, etc.  I find it hard to get a good Bibimbap in Chicago, so when I crave it, I re-create it at home.  Although it has quite a few elements that need to be cooked separate, it's easy and well worth it.


Here's what you'll need:
  • Bool Kogi pre-marinated meat from Trader Joe's 
  • 2 thinly sliced zucchinis
  • 1 bag of bean sprouts
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 egg
  • Sesame seed oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Asian garlic chile hot sauce (or Srirancha)
  • 1/2 cup of cooked white jasmin rice
  • Salt

I typically cheat the meat by buying the pre-marinated bool kogi meat from Trader Joe's, but if you opt for a version of this dish sans meat, it's just as delicious.  As the meat is grilling, I get all my vegetables ready and cook everything in this order.

Bean Sprouts:
  1. Place bean sprouts in a medium sized pot.
  2. Add water in pot until sprouts are fully submerged.
  3. Heat at medium to high heat on stove top and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, drain.
  6. In a large bowl combine bean sprouts, 1 tbsp of sesame seed oil and 1 tbsp of salt. Toss lightly until evenly coated. 
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of sesame seed oil in large pan at medium heat.
  2. Add zucchini strips and let cook for about 2 minutes (before they become translucent).
  3. Add 2 tbsp of hot garlic chili sauce and tbsp of salt. Sautee for another 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer to dish and garnish with sesame seeds.
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of sesame seed oil in large pan at medium heat.
  2. Add spinach and cook until all leaves wilt (about 2 minutes).
  3. Transfer to dish and garnish with sesame seeds.

Once the vegetables are cooked, start building the bibimbap in a large bowl. Place rice at the bottom of the dish and place a heaping tablespoon full of each set of vegetables and sliced meat on top of the rice. Top with a fried egg (I like mine slightly basted with runny yolk) and a bit more of the spicy garlic chili sauce (optional).

Voila - the dish should look like this.


Not too far off from one that you'd find at a restaurant like this.

If you're like me and like extra spicy foods, I suggest serving your dish with Kim Chee which is pickled spicy cabbage.  I can eat these straight out of the jar and it really completes the bibimbap dish.




EvaNadine said...

i just asked my friend for a good authentic(ish) bulgogi recipe the other day. im seriously craving some korean food lately!
and now you have me wanting this before i have even had breakfast.

eek said...

looks yummy and easy to make into a vegetarian dish. will have to go pick up some veggies and kim chee soon!

Small Town Gal said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love this dish and whenever I go home to Toronto(Canada) for visits, would go to Korean restaurants to order one of these and the Bulgogi beef. Living in a small town also means whenever u feel like having something, you will have to learn to cook myself.

Laura Go said...

I love bibimbap soooo much. I cheat most times and just buy premarinated beef at my local Korean grocery store (and then a few other premade stuff too) and then douse the sucker in hot pepper paste. oh nums.

♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

dusanabotswana said...

omg this looks absolutely amazing!! I'm def bookmarking this to try later, I love all those veggies & the spices/sauce look great! Do you have any tips for what to do if I don't use a pre-marinated sesame meat? Do you think I could just find a sim. sauce & marinade overnight?
Thanks for sharing!!

Keg Design said...

wow - nice work! looks yummy!

Samantha said...

YUM YUM YUM!!! Love BiBimBap!! Thanks for the recipe!

BKDolceVita said...

My husband would LOVE this meal! However I'm not sure I could make this myself, so I'll have to take him to a Korean restaurant for this.

The food looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

Nom nom nom! Love bibimbap!

Anonymous said...

Nom! Love bibimbap!

Delane said...

YUM a runny egg makes everything that much more tasty!

Alyssa said...

I remember eating this when I was younger! I hope I can find that meat next time I go to Trader Joes!

JustPatience said...

This looks so funny. I am definitely bookmarking this recipe.