South Korean Bibimbap, sometimes romanized as bi bim bap or bi bim bop, is a Korean rice dish. The term bibim means “mixing” and bap is cooked rice. It is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namuHere’s a basic recipe for making South Korean Bibimbap bowls. Keep in mind that there are many variations of this dish, and you can customize it to your preferences.
For the rice:
- 2 cups cooked short-grain rice (preferably Korean or Japanese rice)
For the vegetables and protein (you can mix and match as you like):
- 1 cup spinach, blanched and squeezed dry
- 1 cup julienned carrots, sautéed briefly
- 1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms, sautéed
- 1 cup sliced zucchini or cucumber, sautéed
- 1 cup thinly sliced beef or chicken, marinated and cooked (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
For the sauce:
- 1/4 cup gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 4 fried eggs
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
- Sliced green onions, for garnish
- Prepare the Rice: Cook the rice according to the package instructions. Once cooked, fluff the rice with a fork and set aside.
- Prepare the Vegetables and Protein:
- Blanch the spinach in boiling water for about 30 seconds, then rinse with cold water and squeeze out excess water.
- Sauté the julienned carrots in a bit of oil until slightly softened.
- Blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water for about 1-2 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
- Sauté the mushrooms in a bit of oil until cooked and slightly browned.
- Sauté the sliced zucchini or cucumber until slightly softened.
- If using meat, marinate it in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and sesame oil, then cook it in a skillet until fully cooked.
- Prepare the Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the gochujang, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, and rice vinegar until well combined.
- Assemble the Bibimbap Bowls:
- Divide the cooked rice among four bowls.
- Arrange the cooked vegetables and protein on top of the rice in separate sections.
- Place a fried egg on top of each bowl.
- Drizzle the prepared sauce over the contents of each bowl.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
- Mix and Enjoy: Just before eating, mix all the ingredients together thoroughly to combine the flavors. Enjoy your delicious homemade Bibimbap!
Feel free to adjust the ingredients and quantities based on your preferences. Bibimbap is quite versatile, so you can add or omit ingredients as you like.