Rice is one of the basic ingredients of oriental gastronomy. Thanks to its taste and texture, it can be inserted in any type of dish, both as a main ingredient and as a side dish. Do you know the Korean bibimbap?
In this article we present the bibimbap recipe to prepare it step by step at home; a simply delicious dish based on rice, meat, eggs and vegetables. Don’t miss it!
Nutritional benefits of rice
Packed with healthy carbohydrates, rice is a natural source of energy. Provides tryptophan (an essential amino acid), vitamins B3 and B6, antioxidants and quality proteins.
Another reason to include rice in our diet is that it is fat-free and low in sodium. Being rich in insoluble fiber, it is believed to help prevent the onset of cancer, especially of the colon.
The main component of rice is starch, which in turn is composed of amylose and amylopectin. The characteristics of each variety of rice depend on which of these two substances is prevalent. When the proportion of amylopectin is higher, the grains are more viscous, for example.
Nutritionists often recommend brown rice due to its higher fiber content. Don’t hesitate to consult your doctor for more information.
Bibimbap or Korean rice step by step
Before going into detail on how to prepare Korean rice at home, we want to talk about whether or not you need to wash the rice before cooking it. Washing it is very common, especially in countries of Asian origin.
In the past it was customary to wash the rice to remove any parasites or debris between the grains. Today, however, there are conflicting views on the subject. While some cooks recommend washing it to get rid of excess starch, others argue it’s not necessary.
According to data published by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), washing rice before cooking could eliminate part of its intake of folate, iron and thiamine. For this reason, we will not wash the rice when making bibimbap.
Ingredients for Korean bibimbap
- 1 cup Japanese rice (known as “sushi rice”)
- 300 grams of ground beef
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 large carrot
- 10 champignon mushrooms
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of bean sprouts
- Salt to taste)
- oil (to taste)
Ingredients for marinating meat
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of mirin, a kind of Japanese sweet sake (optional)
Ingredients for the gochujang sauce
- 2 tablespoons of gochujang
- 1 tablespoon of water and rice vinegar (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, sugar and sesame seeds
- Salt to taste)
- We mix the soy sauce with the sesame oil, the garlic powder and the mirin to prepare the mixture where we will marinate the meat.
- We marinate the minced meat in the mixture prepared in the previous point. It is not necessary to leave the meat for long, about 7 minutes will be fine.
- Brown the meat in a pan or wok and put it aside.
- We put a little oil to heat in a saucepan and then add the rice. We stir constantly to prevent it from burning or sticking.
- After a minute, we add two cups of boiling water and salt. We cook over medium-low heat until the rice is completely cooked (about 10 minutes or as indicated on the container).
- We wash, peel and cut the carrot into julienne strips and the mushrooms into slices.
- We wash the spinach and bean sprouts well.
- We heat some oil in a wok and fry the carrot for a minute or two. We repeat the operation with the mushrooms. The idea is to make them crunchy.
- Then we skip the spinach with the same method and finally the bean sprouts separately. We pay particular attention because they cook quickly.
- To make the gochujang sauce, we put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until you get a smooth sauce. If you prefer a less spicy sauce, just add a teaspoon of gochujang.
- We prepare two fried eggs.
How to arrange the bibimbap ingredients on the plate
- Bibimbap can be served in a deep dish or directly in a saucepan.
- We put a rice base.
- We spread the other ingredients on the rice so that they are grouped by color, as shown in the image.
- In the center we put a fried egg.
- Gochujang sauce is served separately and each diner adds it to Korean rice to their liking.
- Ready! We already have two bibimbap dishes to enjoy.
More ideas for making Korean rice
It is possible to turn the dish into a vegetarian recipe if we replace the ground beef with tofu. Likewise, you can add other vegetables such as green beans, courgettes, red onion, peppers, or whatever else you can think of.
If we can’t get the gochujang, another chilli cream can be used to make the sauce. In the original recipe, a raw egg yolk is served in the center. Try it!
We hope you enjoyed this simple recipe and will try to prepare it soon! An original way to include more vegetables in our daily diet.