Saturday, January 12, 2013

100 Things I Love About Korea # 36: Food - Bibim Bap

Bibim Bap (mixed rice) is a classic favorite among Ex-pats living in Korea.  Although each region offers different local varieties, the basic idea is the same all over Korea.  Take a big bowl of hot rice, add some vegetables (usually romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, julianne carrots and zucchini, mushrooms, and kimchi), some gochu jang (red pepper paste), a fried egg (preferably over easy), and mix it all up.  
For a change of pace, try chamchi (tuna) bibim bap.  If you visit Korea or a Korean restaurant, you absolutely can’t miss dolsot bibim bap - which is the basic bibim bap served in a hot stone (or iron) bowl.  The cooks to a crispy brown, and all the flavors of the sauce and the vegetables blend together into a lush warm mixture.
Occasionally, you may find other specialty varieties with: raw salmon, bulgogi (sweet beef), jaeyuk (spicy pork), or even ggot (flowers - yes, actual flowers mixed into the rice).
Bibim Bap - it’s fast, healthy, easy, cheap, and delicious.  What more can you ask for?
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