Bibimbap- Korean Rice Dish

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Korea’s deliciously filling rice dish has ingredients that are found in your own cupboard and fridge, and it’s a perfect gateway into the mouth popping flavours of the peninnsula!

Ingredients:

Meat and meat sauce:

  • 100g / 3.5 ounces beef mince (or other cuts)

  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp sugar – I used brown sugar

  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic

Vegetables and others:

  • 250g (0.6 pounds) mildly seasoned spinach

  • 350g (0.8 pounds) mildly seasoned bean sprouts

  • 100g (3.5 ounces) shiitake mushroom

  • 120g (4.2 ounces) carrots (1 small)

  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt (1/4 tsp each will be used when cooking shiitake mushroom and carrots)

  • 3 to 4 serving portions of steamed rice

  • 3 or 4 eggs (depending on the serving portion)

  • Some cooking oil to cook the meat, mushroom, carrots and eggs

  • Korean seasoned seaweed, shredded (long thin cut)- optional

Bibimbap Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp gochujang

  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 Tbsp sugar

  • 1 Tbsp water

  • 1 Tbsp roasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tsp vinegar

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • Optionally, equal parts sriracha sauce and miso paste can replace gochujang if it is not available

Directions:

1. Prepare and cook ingredients as below.

– For meat, mix the beef mince with the meat sauce listed above. Marinate the meat for about 30 mins while you are working on other ingredients to enhance the flavour. Add some cooking oil into a wok and cook the meat on medium high to high heat. It takes about 3 to 5 mins to thoroughly cook it.

– Mix the Bibimbap sauce ingredients in a bowl.

– Rinse, peel and julienne the carrots. Add some cooking oil and 1/4 tsp of fine sea salt in a wok and cook the carrots on medium high to high heat for 2 to 3 mins. Saute spinach.

-Clean/rinse the shiitake mushrooms and thinly slice them. Add some cooking oil and 1/4 tsp of fine sea salt in a wok and cook the mushrooms on medium high to high heat until they are all cooked. (It takes 2 to 3 mins.)

– Make fried eggs. (While sunny side up is common, you can make them per your preference.)


2. Put the rice into a bowl and add the meat, assorted vegetables, seasoned seaweed, Bibimbap sauce and the egg on top of the rice. Serve it.


3. Mix the ingredients well in the bowl and enjoy!