Bibimbap, along with Korean barbecues are probably the best known and loved Korean dishes. Bibimbap is a traditional 'mixed rice dish in a stone bowl'. It consists of hot steamed rice, fresh and fermented vegetables and herbs, sizzling grilled or stir-fried meat, and is topped with raw egg yolks and a sauce.
The hot rice cooks the egg yolks, which are blended with the other ingredients when the dish is eaten. In some ways it resembles a Korean barbecue, served with rice in a bowl, which often features fermented and fresh vegetables.
Bibimap is very versatile and you can make endless variations to suit your taster preferences and availability of ingredients. The meat can be beef, pork or chicken. Various sauces can be used. Seafood is another option.
You can substitute fresh stir-fried vegetables with added vinegar to create the taste of traditional Korean fermented vegetables. Traditional versions of Bibimbap are served with raw beef and egg yolk, but many people prefer to cook the meat and let the egg yolk cook on the steaming rice.
The simplified recipes are almost as good and the authentic recipes, especially with traditional Korean sauces which you can buy or make yourself.
The color and texture variations of Bibimap are simply stunning and so attractive.
The various ingredients are traditionally aligned in a circle in a flat wide serving dish (stone or ceramic) so diners can choose to pick the combinations they want from their serving bowls.
Try one of the simple bibimbap recipes shown below to enjoy this delightful and healthy dish at home with family or friends.
For the beef
For the vegetables and rice
Marinade the beef in a bowl in the refrigerator with the ingredients listed above, for about 60-90 minutes. Squeeze the beef to remove excess marinade. Stir-fry, grill or barbecue the beef medium-high heat in batches, browning the sides, while leaving the interior pink. Set aside on a plate covered with foil. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or wok until it just starts to smoke. Stir fry the carrots, mushroom, spinach and other vegetables separately to ensure each ingredient is just cooked. Then transfer all the vegetables into the wok and add the vinegar until the liquid is just evaporated. This recreates the taste of fermented vegetables. To serve add hot rice to each bowl. The rice must be piping hot to cook the egg yolks. Reheat the beef and vegetables so they are sizzling. Add servings of the beef, vegetables and other ingredients to each bowl. Add a dollop the gochujang dissolved in a little hot water. Drop the egg yolks on top of the food in the dish. Serve immediately, while the rice is still hot and the beef is sizzling. Your dinner guests will stir to combine the ingredients before eating.
For the Meat and Marinade
For the Vegetables
For the Bibimbap sauce
Mix the beef mince with the marinade ingredients, listed above, and set aside in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cook the mince in a wok using a very high temperature (about 3-5 minutes) Add some vegetable oil into a wok and cook the meat on medium high to high heat. Stir fry the vegetables and mushrooms until just cooked or wilted. Fry the eggs for serving sunny side up with the yolks still runny. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Will all the ingredients piping hot, add some rice to a bowl and add the ingredients in a circle with the egg on top. Drizzle the sauce over the dish and serve.
For the Sauce
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Marinate the beef in a bowl with the soy sauce, onion, sugar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Set aside in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to marinate. Put the mushrooms in a bowl and just cover with boiling water. Set aside for about 15-20 minutes until they soften. Then, drain the mushrooms well and slice thinly. Steam the rice and keep hot. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Barbecue or stir fry the beef in batches, but do not overcook. Stir fry the spinach until it just wilts. Lightly fry the eggs. To serve, add hot steaming rice to the bowls and add small servings of the ingredients arranged in a circle around the eggs. Sprinkle with sauce and serve hot.