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Bibimbap is one of my favourite Korean dishes. It is a bowl of rice topped with marinated meat, vegetables, a fried egg and, best of all, its spicy sauce.
Discovering Korean Cuisine
It all started with k-dramas and the Korean restaurant that opened next door.
When we visited the restaurant for the first time. The first dish I tried was bibimbap. From that moment on, there was no turning back. I became addicted to it.
A few months later, the restaurant decided to specialise in Korean fried chicken and removed the other dishes from the menu. So I had no choice, I had to learn how to prepare it at home.
After trial and error, I came up with the recipe I am sharing with you today. A recipe that has made bibimbap, just like guydon and oyakodon, a staple of our weekly menu.
What is bibimbap?
Bibimbap has its origins in Korea. It consists of a a bowl of rice topped with marinated meat, vegetables, a fried egg and a spicy sauce.
- Meat. Traditionally beef, but you can opt for chicken, pork, or even turkey.
- Vegetables. I love to add carrots, bean sprouts, courgette, shiitake mushrooms and spinach, but you can choose whatever you like. Other alternatives are mushrooms, asparagus, broccolini, peppers, cabbage,….
- Fried egg.
- Bibimbap sauce
This sauce is AMAZING. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s tasty. It’s a MUST.
Made from gochujang (a fermented red chilli paste), this sauce will keep in a fridge for up to a week. It can be used on bibimbap and any rice bowl with vegetables and/or meat.
I’ll let you in on a secret…
While this recipe is easy to make, it does take a wee bit of time to prepare as you have to prepare the different vegetables, meat and egg.
So what I usually do is to double the portions, keep the on the fridge and reheat them. That way I get to enjoy bibimbap for several days with minimal effort :)
How to prepare and eat bibimbap?
Once you have all the ingredients ready, the first step is to take a bowl and put the rice in it.
Next, top it with all the vegetables and the meat.
Finally, add the fried egg and top it with the bibimbap sauce.
Finally, break the egg, mix all the ingredients together and enjoy!
How to make Bibimbap
- 4 cups cooked rice, 1 per serving
- 250 g beef
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- sesame seeds, optional
- 4 eggs
- 2-3 carrot
- 200 g spinach
- 2 zucchini
- 6 shiitake mushrooms, fresh
- bean sprouts
Marinate the meat
- Cut the beef into slices
- In a bowl, add the meat, grated garlic, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, sesame seeds and leave to marinate for at least 1 hour.
Prepare the bibimbap sauce
- One by one, cut the carrot, shiitake mushrooms and zucchini into thin strips and sauté them in a little oil. Set aside.
- Cook the spinach in boiling water for two minutes, cool, squeeze out the water and set aside.
- Prepare the fried egg.
- In a frying pan we cook the meat that we have previously marinated.
Plate the bibimbap
- In a bowl add the cooked rice, bean sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, carrot, spinach, meat and fried egg.
- Finally, add the bibimbap sauce to taste.
- All that's left to do is mix it all together and enjoy.