Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I cooked : Bibimbap

Bibimbap is a great dish to have, especially when you have plenty of leftover vegetables in the fridge. Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish which means mixed(bibim) rice(bap). Its easy to cook and most importantly its healthy! Click here for more info on bibimbap.

Bibimbap consist of various seasoned vegetables from cucumber, zucchini, carrot, radish, mushrooms, bellflower root, bracken fern, spinach to soy bean sprouts. For my version I used carrots, zucchini, soy bean sprouts and sliced beef. For those who can't eat beef, the beef can be substituted with another type of meat or omitted altogether.

Preparation time : approx 20-30 mins
Serves : 1-2 persons

3/4 - 1 cup of rice (depending on appetite)
1 zucchini
1 small sized carrot
2-3 shiitake mushrooms
2 handfuls of bean sprouts
approx. 200g of sliced/ground beef
soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, ground black pepper, sesame seeds, garlic, vegetable oil, sugar, red pepper paste (gochujang)

1. Cook the rice using a rice cooker or non-stick pot.
2. Wash the bean sprouts and blanch in water for about 1 minute. Remove from water and mix with sesame oil, garlic and a pinch of salt. Put it on a platter.
3. Cut the zucchini, carrots and mushrooms into thin strips.

4. On a heated pan, put some oil and stir fry the zucchinni, carrots and mushrooms. Add in salt, sugar and sesame oil to taste. Stir fry for about 1 minute and put them on a platter. For decorational purposes, the vegetables should be cooked separately. But in this case I decided to cook all 3 together.
5. Put some oil on the pan and stir fry the beef and the remaining garlic. Put in soy sauce, sesame oil and black pepper to taste. Place on platter.
6. Prepare egg sunny side up.
7. Put rice in a bowl and place vegetables and meat accordingly. The egg can be placed right on top.
8. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and add a dash of sesame oil. Add red pepper paste to taste.

9. Mix well and dig in!

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