I first tried Korean food a few years ago when we were living in Brooklyn and it quickly became a new favorite. My favorite dish by far is Bibimbap- the piping hot rice bowl filled with deliciously flavored meat, veggies, an egg, and of course gochujang sauce. Not always wanting to indulge in the bottomless bowl that Bibimbap every time I am craving the taste I have long been after an "at home" fix. Initially I thought I would just whip up an authentic batch for dinner, then I looked up a recipe. I am sure it is insanely good but just look at the number of ingredients! No. I wallowed in despair for a while and then I found this sauce:
Mother In Law's Kimchi is turning out amazingly high quality and authentic Korean sauces and pastes so you can get the flavor you crave at home and it is available at most Wholefoods. The Sesame flavor of the gochujang series is just right for me in terms of consistency and flavor (it thin enough to be used as a sauce and is not too spicy). Because the sauce is really what makes bibimbap for me I now feel liberated to mix and match other ingredients to create my own (hopefully healthier) version at home.
Bibimbap Meatless Monday Hack
Step one RICE:
I go with sushi rice because it is the stickiest which makes it tasty and storable. The trick to sushi rice is you have to rinse it before you cook it. Put your measured amount in a mesh colander and rinse away for about 5 minutes, make sure to sift the rice around in the colander to be extra thorough. Cook the rice as instructed and set aside
Step 2 Veggies: I use what I have on hand that goes with the flavors in the dish. A few suggestions: Avocados (these will be a great source of fat in your meatless meal), carrots, daikon radishes, spinach (sautéed would probably be best), bean sprouts, or bok choy. Choose 1-2 and make it easy on yourself. I just had avocados this Monday and I was still so so happy.
Step 3 Eggs:
1-2 Fried eggs per person (depending on how hungry you are!) I like to leave my yolk runny so that the flavor of the egg mixes with the rest of the dish when combined in the bowl.
Step 4 SAUCE! Build a bowl with a base of warm rice topped with veggies, the eggs, some sesame seeds if you have them on hand, and then add the sauce. Start with a little and then continue to add depending on how much flavor/spice you want in your dish. Store your extra rice for next week and voila all you are doing is making and egg and dinner is ready!