How to Make Delicious Bibimbap

June 14, 2019
Bibimbap is a delicious Korean rice dish. Discover how to make this nutritious and simple recipe!

Have you ever tried bibimbap?

In this article, we’ll be sharing a recipe for a popular Korean rice dish called Bibimbap. This dish includes rice, meat, eggs, and vegetables and is absolutely delicious!

The Nutritional Benefits of Rice

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Rice has many nutrients that our body needs, like carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and vitamins.

Rice is rich in healthy carbohydrates and is a natural source of energy. Additionally, it contains tryptophan (an essential amino acid), vitamin B3 and B6, antioxidants, and proteins.

Another reason to include rice in your diet is because it does not have fat and it is low in sodium. Since it’s rich in insoluble fiber, it’s also believed to help prevent cancer, especially in the colon.

The main component in rice is starch, which is composed of amylose and amylopectin. The characteristics of each different kind of rice depends on which of these two substances is more prominent. When the proportion of amylopectin is greater, the grains are more viscous, for example.

Choosing the right type of rice is essential for a successful dish.

Generally speaking, nutrition specialists usually recommend whole grain rice because of its high fiber content. However, don’t hesitate to speak to a specialist or doctor if you want to know more information.

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Bibimbap Recipe

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Remember that good rice is the base of this recipe.

Before starting with the recipe, we should first talk about whether it’s necessary to wash rice before cooking it. Washing rice is very common in many Asian countries.

This is because in the past, people washed rice to clean the rice of any parasites, soil, or other remnants. Nowadays, there are actually contrasting opinions. Some chefs recommend washing rice to remove any excess starch and “loosen” the rice, while other chefs say it’s unnecessary.

According to studies published by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), washing rice before cooking it can remove some of its beneficial nutrients like folates, iron, and thiamine. For this reason, we recommend not washing the rice for this Bibimbap recipe.

Ingredients Needed for This Bibimbap Recipe

  • 1 cup of Japanese rice (also known as “sushi rice”) (if you cannot find Japanese rice, you can use short grain rice)
  • 300 grams of ground beef
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 large carrot
  • 10 large mushrooms
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts
  • 80 grams of kimchi
  • salt to taste
  • oil as needed

Ingredients for Marinating the Meat

  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of mirin (optional)

Ingredients for Gochujang Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of gochujang (this is a red chili paste made with fermented soy and chilies)
  • 1 tablespoon of water and rice vinegar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, sugar, and sesame seeds
  • Salt to taste

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Preparation

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If you happen to have a wok, you can use it to create a more traditional and healthy version of this recipe.
  1. First, begin preparing the marinating mixture by mixing the soy sauce with the sesame oil, garlic powder, and mirin.
  2. Marinate the ground beef in this sauce. You do not need to leave the meat in this mixture for long. About ten minutes is enough.
  3. Sauté the meat in a frying pan or wok. Set aside.
  4. Drizzle a little bit of oil in a pot, heat it and then add the rice. Do not stop stirring to prevent the rice from burning or sticking.
  5. After about a minute, add two cups of boiling water and salt to taste. Let cook over a medium-low fire until the rice is done (about 10 minutes or what it states on the rice packaging).
  6. Wash, peel, and shred or cut the carrot into strips. Then, slice the mushrooms.
  7. Wash the bean sprouts and spinach well.
  8. Heat a little bit of oil in a frying pan or wok and sauté the carrot for a few minutes. Repeat with the mushrooms. The best is for them to be a little crunchy.
  9. Next, sauté the spinach and then the bean sprouts separately. Pay attention, because they cook very quickly.
  10. To prepare the gochujang sauce, put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until it becomes smooth. If you don’t want a spicy sauce, add only a teaspoon of gochujang.
  11. Prepare the fried eggs.

How to Serve It

  1. Bibimbap can be served in a deep plate or directly in a casserole dish.
  2. Start with the rice as the base of the plating.
  3. Then, group the rest of the ingredients by color and place them on top of the rice. Look at the images above for reference.
  4. Put the egg in the middle.
  5. The gochujang sauce should be served separately and added to the dish as one likes.
  6. Enjoy you can try this delicious Bibimbap!

Other Ideas for Your Bibimbap

  • You can easily make this dish vegetarian by substituting tofu for the meat or simply leaving the meat out of the dish.
  • You can also add other vegetables to the dish. For example, green beans, zucchini, purple onion, bell pepper, or whatever you like.
  • If you cannot find gochujang, you can use any other chili paste to make the sauce.
  • In the original recipe, it is served with a raw egg yolk in the middle.

So, what are you waiting for? We hope that you enjoy this easy Korean rice recipe. It’s also a great way to include more vegetables in your daily diet!

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