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Bibimbap Recipe

Last week, I published the first ever Korean recipe on Rasa Malaysia and confessed to the world that I am a total klutz when it comes to Korean food. Debra Samuels, coauthor of “The Korean Table” came to my rescue. She encouraged me to learn about Korean cooking and sent me her beautiful cookbook. I invited her to share her bibimbap recipe with us and she kindly accepted. Welcome Debra, it’s great to have you here!

Thanks for inviting me to be a guest. I couldn’t resist telling you how happy I was to see your posting on Korean seaweed salad. Finally Korean cuisine on your beautiful blog! I am the coauthor of The Korean Table, (Tuttle Publishing 2008) with my good friend Taekyung Chung.  Everyone knows how tasty and tongue-tingling Korean cuisine can be. We all love going out for delicious bbq kalbi ribs or a bowl of jap chae and dipping into the myriad of little plates of  banchan and kimchi that make up the landscape of the table. But the next step is making these dishes at home.  I thought I would start with the iconic dolsot bibimbap, a mixed vegetable and rice dish, served in a hot stone pot. A collection of those seasoned side dishes attractively arrange atop a mound of rice sizzling from the heat captured in the stone. We use what the cook might have at homea cast iron pan, but a Teflon skillet will work as well.

This bibimbap recipe looks long but is really many recipes folded into one. The tasty toppings are arranged on the rice like the spokes of a colorful bicycle wheel, topped with a sunny-side up egg and a dollop of spicy red pepper paste (gochujang).  Mix it all together just before you eatbut not before everyone admires you culinary art project!

Learn more about Korean Food and check out these photos to see how the dish is assembled.

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  1. restaurantgroupie

    I find Korean food extremely complicated to prepare – it’s not hard but there are soooo many ingredients – but you look you’ve done a fantastic job! It looks delicious!!

    • Debra Samuels

      Thanks, We worked hard to make this accessible to home cooks and to find ingredients that retains the integrity of the dish without a lot of difficult to find ingredients. You can choose just a few things to put on top of the rice if you like. These little namul (seasoned vegetables) are also great scattered over fresh greens to make a delicious salad that won’t need any dressing. I suggest trying this with the bean sprout dish.

  2. bibimbap may be my ultimate comfort food. i especially love the crunchy rice bits along the bowl. i never cook korean food at home, i’m spoiled since my mom is korean :) this looks amazing, i have to stop being so lame and actually cook the food of my people…ha.

    • Debra Samuels

      Hi It’s funny that you write that. Many people who are happy with our recipes are daughters and sons of Korean moms who can’t get measurements for anything!
      Taekyung, my coauthor, is a cooking teacher like myself, and we know how important it is for people who are new to a cuisine or just have mom’s and granny’s recipes! Even when Taekyung and I were doing these recipes together, I had to push for meaurements. Some people use recipes as suggestions and guides others as the Gospel! We have to be there for both.
      You make your mom happy!

  3. Thuy Cobb

    I am so glad that you are posting Korean recipes. I just recently discovered Korean food and it is amazingly good stuff. Have you ever tried Galbi (or Kalbi) JJim? Its really really tasty. I am very lucky I liev close to a Korean supermarket as they have the best short ribs in town.

  4. I love, love, love bibimbap! So delicious! I’m only just now starting to understand Korean food, so this is a wonderfully timely recipe. And what a tempting book! I’m totally adding it to my Amazon wish list. (I have to ration myself how many books I get to purchase, or I’d be so broke!)

    • Debra Samuels

      Hi Ivy,
      You don’t need a stone pot — find a cast iron one or even a non-stick. The important point is to get the pan hot and put in the cooked rice. Keep it cooking long enough to get the crispy crunchy bottom!

  5. Oh my, that looks amazing. Especially that perfectly fried egg topping the whole dish! I always order this when having Korean food, and am really craving for some right now. :P

  6. I bought the cookbook and really want to make Kimchi but I’m having a major problem finding Korean Red Pepper Flakes in the U.S. One of the ingredients “resources” in the book, now only goes to a clothing website and the other resource, does not carry it. Anyone find a place in the U.S. to get these flakes?

  7. Jung Me

    i didnt know that there was an actual recipe for bibimbap lol
    im korean, and since i was little, we just put whatever vegetables and stuff into it and mix it all in the rice pot and eat it with kimchi.
    now that i think about it…. we eat everything with kimchi! lol

  8. Juhanah of Brunei

    I love korean food especially bibimbap but here in Brunei there’s no such korean supermarket to get some of korean ingredients. But wt ur help maybe i might learn some

  9. Deb, I’m so glad you mentioned how Korean mom/grandmas don’t have measurements for anything. It frustrates me to no end when I’m trying to bum off a recipe from my mother.

    At home, we usually throw in whatever banchans we have left unless we’re expecting company. No stress needed!

  10. KY

    Is the Tangy Red Pepper Dressing the usual thing to go with bibimbap? The ones in Korean restaurants which they serve (in squeez bottles) with the bibimbap are not tangy but mildly spicy. Are those red pepper paste straight from the tub or are they a variation of your dressing?

  11. Dee

    I love bipimbap and I am so excited to make this at home but I had a few questions. I know where to buy Korean red pepper paste but you refer to a tangy red pepper dressing. How do you make tangy red pepper dressing? Or can you buy it?

  12. Lisa

    Thank You!!!! I recently transplanted to Wyoming where the wildness beautiful but there’s no Chinatown for days. I’ve been craving Bipimbap for a month at least but was afraid it’d be too hard to make didn’t have the nerve to try. I found your recipe yesterday and made it today, ah-maz-ing. Thank you so much.

  13. Annaxor

    Bibimbap—-just saying the word makes my mouth water…here in Puerto Rico we just have 1 place to get this delicious dish. I go there at least twice a month- just to have bibimbap with galbi. The flavors are so amazing and yes! it is a very healthy food! I am going to try cooking this recipe. I make kimchi at home, too- I can’t have enough of it! Thanks for the recipe!

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    didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyway, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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