Bibimbap is a Korean rice dish. The term "bibim" means mixing various ingredients, while the "bap" noun refers to rice. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul(sautéed and seasoned vegetables) or kimchi(traditional fermented vegetables) and gochujang(chili pepper paste). A fried egg and sliced meat are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating. This is probably the easiest dish I have ever made. I was a bit skeptical of how all these different components would taste together but it surprised me, and every ingredient blended and complemented each other and it tasted marvelous.
4 cups spinach
2 thinly sliced carrots
2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms
1 pod minced garlic
250 gms chicken thighs
1 tbsp white wine
1/2 tsp white sugar
1/4 cup soya sauce
2 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 thinly sliced scallions(spring onions)
6 tbsp sesame oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cooked white rice- 4 servings
Marinate the chicken with white wine, sugar, soya sauce, ginger paste, garlic paste, brown sugar, scallion, and 2 tbsp sesame oil. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Add 5 cups of water to a large saucepan on high heat, once it starts boiling add the spinach to it and switch off the gas.
Fill another bowl with ice water and put the spinach in it. This process is known as a shock bath which is done to retain the green color of spinach.
Then take out the spinach and put it in a bowl and add 1 tbsp of sesame oil and some salt and pepper. Mix well.
In a non-stick pan heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil and fry the carrots with a little salt for 2 minutes. Place aside.
In the same pan heat another tablespoon of sesame oil and fry the garlic, once it turns golden add the mushrooms and fry for 3-4 minutes. Place aside.
Again in the same pan add the remaining sesame oil and fry the marinated chicken for 20 minutes or until cooked. Set aside.
Add some butter in the pan and fry the 4 eggs sunny side up.
To assemble bibimbap serve some rice on a plate and place 1 fried egg on top. Serve the other elements of the dish around the rice.
A replacement for sesame oil is gingelly oil which is also extracted from sesame seeds.
One great side dish with this would be kimchi, so if you can get your hands one some it would be great.
Another component to add would be sliced cucumbers.
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