Bibimbap is a super-popular Korean dish made up of a bowl of rice, sautéed and seasoned vegetables, hot pepper paste and usually a bit of seasoned beef, or in our case, pork, and an egg. “Bibim” translates as “mixed” and bap translates as “cooked rice”. so “bibimbap” literally means “mixed rice”. Before eating it, you’re supposed to mix everything together.
Known as Korea’s national dish, bibimbap is very colorful, refreshing and varies from region to region. It looks like a kaleidoscope of various vegetables neatly arranged on top of rice, and is often accompanied by an egg in the middle. All of the different ingredients that we chose aren’t random, they’re chosen because they offer a variety in flavors and textures. All you need to do is to cook the different ingredients separately in a pan then combine them into a bowl at the end. This is the perfect dish to serve this summer at your weekday dinner party or weekend family gathering.
Start your evening off with a Korean Scallion Salad recipe or a Kimchi Soft Tofu Soup recipe, paired with either this Tangerine Margarita or this fruity Tequila Sunrise. Finish off with some Mango Pudding or Red Bean Ice Pops.
- Yield: 2 servings
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 30 Mins
- Active: 30 Mins
- ½ pounds of lean ground pork
- 2 eggs
- 1 carrot, cleaned, grated
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- 1 spring onion, finely sliced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (split)
- 40 grams of baby spinach
- 6 button mushrooms (cleaned, quartered)
- 1 clove of garlic, minced (split)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (split)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 cup brown rice
- Canola Oil
- Cook rice according to the instructions on the package.
- Heat a fry pan with a drizzle of canola oil over medium to high heat. Add pork and lightly brown for 1-2 minutes then add half of garlic and 1 tbs of soy sauce. Stir in chili powder and stir through half of the sesame seeds. Once cooked, place into a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
- In the same pan, heat a drizzle of oil on medium to high heat. Add mushrooms, spinach, spring onion and the remaining garlic and soy sauce. Cook until the mushrooms have softened. Then, remove from pan. Lastly, add some oil to the pan and fry 1 egg per person until crisp underneath.
- To serve, place rice at the base of a big bowl then place each element (mushrooms, pork, bean sprouts, carrot) into even sections on top. Top with the egg and sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds and salt and pepper.