Korean food is growing in popularity within the United States, and among the top contenders for a favorite dish is Bibimbap – a rice dish that can be made with or without meat. The meatless Bibimbap is often referred to as Vegetarian Bibimbap, and is easy to make though it contains some exotic ingredients not used frequently in American dishes. Surely a Vegetarian Bibimbap will require you to branch out a bit on your grocery trips, but once you resolve to make the dish, you won’t regret the effort and will love making it again and again!
2 cups of cooked rice
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 cup thinly diced carrot sticks (roughly the size of a match)
1 cup thinly diced onion
1 cup peeled and thinly diced zucchini (roughly the size of a match)
1 can bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
8 ounces (canned) bamboo shoots, rinsed and drained
2-3 fresh mushrooms, rinsed, dried and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup thinly sliced onion
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon (¼ of a stick) of butter
Sweet red chili sauce, to taste
Begin by bringing 2 cups of water to a boil in a pot. Once the water is at a rapid boil, stir in your rice, remove from the heat, cover, and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. After that time as gone by, dump rice into a separate bowl to allow to cool completely. Next, heat the oil in a large saucepan over low-medium heat. In the oil, cook the carrot sticks, zucchini and onion until the carrots and zucchinis soften and onion becomes translucent (about 7 minutes). Once the veggies are cooked, stir in the bean sprouts, bamboo shoots and fresh mushrooms. Saute all the veggies together until the carrots have softened completely, roughly 6 more minutes. Season the veggie mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
Next, in a different saucepan, stir the rice, onion, and soy sauce over medium heat until the rice is once again hot. In a third saucepan, melt the butter and distribute over the pan before cracking each egg and allowing to fry about 3 minutes on each side. Remove the eggs from the heat once the whites firm up and begin to curdle, but before the yolk becomes too firm.
Serve in a bowl by putting the rice mixture at the bottom, topping it with the veggies and fried egg. If you care to add a sweet taste, serve the sweet red chili sauce on the side (don’t mix in, as a little goes a long way and can overpower the dish). Enjoy!