So lately I have been watching a lot of Youtube videos of Korean cooking as I have been craving it and I got inspired to make my own Bibimbap which is one of my favourite dishes of all time. I won’t give all the recipes for the various toppings and the side dishes as I got them all from a lady named Maangchi who is an amazing Korean cook and shares her recipes on Youtube, in her cookbook and on her website at www.maangchi.com. You should check her out!
First you need a well-seasoned heavy stoneware or cast-iron pan.
Then make some short grain rice in the usual method that I have shared several times on this blog.
I already made some Kimchi yesterday and it is already fermenting, yeah science!!
I made some seaweed salad as a side dish as well.
And a daikon radish and Korean pear salad too.
For the toppings, I made the following:
Steamed sweet potato
Preserved turnip that I bought at a local Asian store.
Steamed bean sprouts
Sauteed Shiitake mushrooms
Thinly sliced pork with seasonings
Thinly sliced beef with seasonings
Lotus root sautéed with garlic and green onion
So once my rice is well cooked, I heated up my cast-iron pan over medium high heat add some vegetable and sesame oil and add about 4-5 cups of cooked rice. Then I arranged my various toppings on top and place a raw egg yolk or three (since there are three of us for dinner tonight) in the centre. Once the rice starts to cook on the bottom and crackle and sizzle and steam will rise up from the pan. Then I removed it from the stove and stirred it all together at the table. The point is to stir in the ingredients and the heat of the hot rice heats them up. I decided to err on the side of caution and cook the meats up before adding them to the Bibimbap but traditionally the meat goes on top raw and cooks in the sizzling hot rice.
Here is the hot pepper paste that I served with our dinner.
Here is the finished product!! Gorgeous, delicious and nutritious!!! It was very well received by my daughter Kate and her fiancé Chris. Definitely a repeatable dish.
I hope you try out making some of the recipes from Maangchi’s website and Youtube videos. She is a wonderful cook and teacher and is quite enjoyable to watch. Cheers, Michele