(V) Stir-Fried Assorted Vegetable Rice Mix (Bibimbap, 비빔밥)
Bibim Bap is literally mixed rice. Bibim means mixing and bab is cooked rice. It is typically served with various stir-fried vegetable and gochujang (Korean chilli paste) sauce. However, if you do not want spicy sauce you can always use mild sauce such as Soy sauce.
Difficulty : MODERATE
Cooking Time: 50 Minutes
Serving Proportion : 4 People
Rice: 3 cups short grain rice
Toppings: Shiitake mushrooms for a vegetarian dish, bean sprouts (300g), spinach (1 bunch), 2 small courgettes, 2 carrots, 4tsp minced garlic, 3 spring onions (chopped), sesame oil, sesame seeds, salt, pepper, vegetable oil, 4 eggs, soy sauce
Bibimbap sauce: 4 tsp Korean red chili paste (gochujang), 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp sesame oil, 3 tsp water or alternatively, you can use our Vinegary Chilli Sauce (300g)
Here's how you do it
Cook the rice in a rice cooker or following package directions, using a little less water than called for. The rice for bibimbap should be a little drier than usual for best results.
Bean sprouts: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil with a teaspoon of salt. Add the bean sprouts and boil for 3 minutes. Drain quickly and shock in cold water to stop cooking. Drain again. Toss with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds, and salt and pepper to taste.
Spinach: Blanch the spinach in salted boiling water only until wilted, 30 - 40 seconds. Drain quickly and shock in cold water. Squeeze out water. Cut into 3-inch lengths. Toss with 1 tablespoon of chopped spring onion, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste.
Courgette: Cut the courgette in half lengthwise and then thinly slice crosswise. Generously sprinkle salt over sliced courgette and set aside for 10 - 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid from salted courgette by hand. Add 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds. Sauté in a lightly oiled pan for 1 - 2 minutes over medium high heat.
Carrots: Julienne the carrots. Sauté in a lightly oiled pan for 1 - 2 minutes over medium-high heat, sprinkling salt and pepper to taste.
Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
Place a serving of rice in a big bowl. Nicely arrange a small amount of each prepared vegetable on the rice. Drizzle a little sesame oil over. Top with an fried egg if prefer and serve with the sauce.
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