Thursday, January 24, 2008


I'm sure I mentioned it before now, but Nathan is 1/2 Korean - so Korean food has quickly become one of my favorite cuisines. I have a particular love for BiBimBob, and order it (almost) every time we go out to our favorite Korean restaurant. To me, it's the most perfect meal. You can eat a lot of it, and not get that "I'm going to slump into a coma" full feeling.

BiBimBob is basically a loaded salad covered in a spicy bean paste and served alongside some steamed white rice. BiBimBap is the same thing, only it is served over rice in a hot stone bowl, so the rice becomes crunchy on the bottom. I prefer soft rice, and don't enjoy the whole stone bowl thing, as I often suffer burns while trying to eat out of it. Seriously!

BIBIMBOB (Kat style)
4 portions

1 6oz. beef tenderloin steak, sliced thin
2 big handfuls of baby spinach
1 handful of fresh bean sprouts
6 oz. fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
1 carrot, peeled and grated
4-6 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
1/4 cup diacon radish, peeled and grated
2 green onions, sliced
4 chicken eggs
3 tbsp vegetable oil
toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
8 tbsp
4 tsp water
Prepared rice
Kimchee (a must!)

Heat oil in a large skillet. Brown beef, and set aside. In the same skillet, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Drop in spinach, carrots, diacon and mushrooms. Cook until spinach is wilted. Drain from boiling water and set aside.

Meanwhile, distribute chopped romaine between 4 bowls. Top each bowl with beef, and blanched vegetables. Add bean sprouts and green onions. Mix together gochujang with water and divide into 4 small condiment cups.

For added flair right before service, add 1 egg yolk (or gently fry an egg if you do not want to do the raw stuff) to the middle of the bowl on top of the vegetables.
Top with toasted sesame seeds.

To eat: break the egg yolk and mix in the gochujang mixture. Enjoy with rice and kimchee, and a dumpling or two!

I also tried my hand at a little vegetable (carrot, red pepper and cucumber) rolled sushi, which wasn't as bad as I anticipated. I couldn't find the wasabi that I purchased a couple of weeks ago, until after our meal was over. Turns out it was right in front of my face. Figures.


Ellie said...

I'm glad to hear that you like this Korean dish, and your attempt at the sushi looks quite lovely!

Just a correction regarding the names, though:

The correct pronunciation is in fact 'bibim bap', 'bibim' translates to mixed, and 'bap' is rice. The version of this that is served in a hot stone bowl is known as 'dolsot bibim bap', 'dolsot' referring to the stone bowl that its served in :)

I've got some additional info about this dish on a blog post here if you're interested :)

Stefania said...

Hello. Yum. You inspired me to make bibimbap for our dinner tonight. pics will be posted soon.

And, I love dol sot bibimbap--I love how the rice gets all crusty if you let it set/don't mix it for ahwile and how the pot keeps the bibimbap blazing hot until the very last bite.

Barbara said...

That's one of my favorite Korean dishes. Your's looks great!

NW Professional Tax said...

My G/F loves Korean food, I myself am very picky and boring when it comes to food but shes adventurous so I think I may surprise her and try to make this. She'll probably like it much more than my normal burger on the George Foreman.