Recipe courtesy of Jen Lee

Bibimbap

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Bibimbap (BEE-beem-bop): One of the most popular dishes in Korean cuisine, bibimbap is a nutritious dish of steamed rice and pre-cooked vegetables (usually spinach, bean sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, egg and lettuce). It can also contain ground beef but can be ordered without meat. Dolsot bibimbap is the same dish served in a hot stone pot (the pot is pre-heated in the oven) to make the rice on the bottom crunchy and keep the dish hot for a longer time. Bulgogi (BULL-go-ghee): Literally meaning "fire meat," bulgogi is thinly sliced marinated grilled meat--usually rib-eye or sirloin. Gochujang (GOH-choo-jang): A spicy red pepper paste sold either in glass jars or plastic containers that can be purchased at any Korean or Asian food market.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Inactive: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Bulgogi:

Gochujang Paste:

Directions

  1. Put the rice in large, slightly shallow bowl. Arrange the Bulgogi with any cooking juices and the carrots, bean sprouts, spinach and mushrooms on top of the rice in separate piles so you can see each individual ingredient on the rice. Top with the egg. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and drizzle with the sesame oil and soy sauce.
  2. When ready to eat, mix the ingredients together with some Gochujang Paste, to taste. The bibimpap should be moist and not dry. Add more sesame oil and Gochujang Paste, to taste.

Bulgogi:

  1. Place the rib-eye in the freezer for about 30 minutes so that it is easier to slice. When partially frozen, thinly slice into strips. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ginger, honey, red pepper, black pepper, scallions, pear, onion and lemon-lime soda, if using, in a large baking dish. Add the thinly sliced beef and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight; it is best if marinated overnight.
  3. Heat a grill to high. Remove the beef from the marinade and grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Set aside until ready to compile the bibimbap.

Gochujang Paste:

  1. Combine the gochujang, sugar and sesame oil in a small bowl. Mix well.

Cook’s Note

This can be done in a regular bowl or a hot stone bowl. If it's in a hot stone bowl, the rice becomes crunchy because it's still cooking.