Hey guys! Now that cold winter has past and blooming spring is coming up, why not get off our cozy bed and get fit and active! An easy first step to start your healthy diet, make your own, to your preference and taste, one of Korea’s most popular dish, bibimbap.
Briefly about bibimbap, it is made of a bowl of rice, seasoned vegetables, a bit of hot pepper paste (gochujang), and usually a bit of seasoned raw beef. However, the charm of bibimbap is that there is no fixed recipe! It’s you, to decide what to put and what not to! This recipe I’m showing you today is for one you could consider “classic” bibimbap.
- bowl of cooked and seasoned rice (seasoned with saesame oil and pinch of salt)
- seasoned vegetables (which can include carrot, spinach, bell pepper, cucumber and bean sprout)
- fried egg (egg white and egg yolk separate)
- fresh lean cut of beef (fillet mignon, flank steak)
- saesame oil
- hot pepper paste (gochugang)
- Cut the vegetables into size of matchsticks, put them in a bowl and mix it with a pinch of salt.
- Fry it in pan until slightly soft.
- Cut the beef into size of matchsticks and put them in a bowl. Mix with 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds with a spoon.
- TIME FOR FUN! Prepare a large bowl (big enough to put all the ingredients), put rice as a base and all the cooked vegetables neatly.
- Place the seasoned beef, gochujang and egg yolk carefully on the top.
Now that it’s all ready, were left with one step, to MIX and ENJOY!
Ingredients in bibimbap are rich in symbolism! Black or dark colours represent North and the kidneys (mushrooms, bracken ferns or laver). Red or orange represents South and the heart (chilli, carrots, dates). Green represents East and the liver (cucumber and spinach). White is West or the lungs (bean sprouts, radish, and rice). And finally yellow represents the centre, or stomach (pumpkin, potato or egg).