Recipe courtesy of The Rawbar

Rawbar Bibimbap

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 14 hr 15 min (includes marinating and cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 4 portions
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Pork Belly:

1 cup kosher salt

1 cup sugar 

1/2 side pork belly 

1 quart cola 

6 ounces sliced ginger 


Oil, for frying and stir-frying

4 Bibimbap Rice Cakes, recipe follows

1 cup sliced carrots 

1 cup sliced yellow onions 

1 cup sliced bok choy or similar vegetable 

2 ounces Kim Chi Sauce, recipe follows

4 eggs 

1 cup shredded daikon radish 

2 ounces Ginger-Scallion Sauce, recipe follows

Radish sprouts, for garnish 

Lemongrass Simple Syrup:

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 cup shaved lemongrass

Bibimbap Rice Cake:

7 cups rice wine vinegar

5 cups sugar

1 tablespoon dashi

1/4 cup kosher salt

1 ounce kombu

6 cups sushi rice, cooked

1/2 cup scallions 

1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic 

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 

3 cups panko

Oil, for oiling ring mold

Kim Chi Sauce:

2 cups fish sauce

2 cups light soy sauce

2 cups sugar 

20 toasted dried Thai chiles, ground

8 toasted dried ground habanero chiles 

Ginger-Scallion Sauce:

2 cups sliced scallions

2 cups light soy sauce

1/2 cup minced fresh ginger

1/2 cup rice vinegar 

4 tablespoons sugar 

3 teaspoons seasoning sauce, such as Maggi


Special equipment:
a deep-fryer
  1. For the pork belly: Mix together salt and sugar in a small bowl. Rub all sides of pork belly with mixture and place on a rack set in a pan, then cover and refrigerate, 8 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Remove pork belly from rack and pat dry. Place back in pan without the rack. Bring cola, ginger and 3 quarts water to a simmer in a saucepan, then pour over pork belly. Cover pan with foil and braise in the oven until tender, 1 to 2 hours. Remove from broth, then let cool and refrigerate until completely cold.
  4. Slice into 4-by-1/8-inch-thick slices.
  5. For the bibimbap: Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  6. Bring oil to 350 degrees F in a deep-fryer. Fry Rice Cakes, 3 minutes. Drain and hold.
  7. Place 8 slices pork belly in a pan (save remainder for another use) and bake until hot and browning on the edges, 6 to 8 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, stir-fry carrots, onions and bok choy in oil in a saute pan until tender and caramelized. Deglaze pan with Kim Chi Sauce and remove from heat.
  9. Fry eggs in a nonstick pan until sunny-side up is reached.
  10. Assemble in each of 4 warm bowls: Daikon radish, Rice Cake, drizzle of Ginger-Scallion Sauce, stir-fry vegetable mix, pork belly, fried egg and radish sprouts on top.

Bibimbap Rice Cake:

  1. For the lemongrass simple syrup: Bring sugar, lemongrass and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small pot, then turn off the heat and let cool.
  2. For the rice cakes: Combine the vinegar, sugar, dashi and 1/4 cup salt in a large bowl and stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Wipe kombu with a wet paper towel, then add it to the seasoning. (Remove kombu before using.) Season the sushi rice with 3/4 cup of this "sushi zu" (save the remainder for another use).
  3. Combine the sushi rice, 3/4 cup simple syrup (save the remainder for another use), scallions, garlic, pepper, 2 cups panko and remaining teaspoon salt in a bowl. Mix well, then shape into 8 cakes using a 3-inch oiled ring mold. Press firmly into remaining panko to crust both sides. Individually wrap each cake in plastic.

Kim Chi Sauce:

Yield: 6 cups
  1. Combine fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, Thai chiles and habaneros in a bowl and whisk to dissolve sugar.

Ginger-Scallion Sauce:

Yield: 4 1/2 cups
  1. Combine scallions, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, sugar and seasoning sauce in a bowl and whisk to dissolve sugar.