I am done with my confinement but am a little overwhelmed at the moment. Please enjoy this guest post by Beyond Kimchee, a fabulous Korean food blog that I recently discovered.
If you love Korean food, you ought to check it out as the step-by-step picture instructions on her site are absolutely awesome and makes learning Korean food so much more fun and easier! Welcome to Rasa Malaysia, Holly. (Please click on the image above to view the step-by-step cooking guide.)
It is so exciting to see more and more people trying Korean recipes in their homes these days. I was blown away to see how many Galbi or Kimchee recipes are on the web when I first thought of having my own Korean food blog about 6 months ago.
Some recipes are very excellent and some, well… I had to raise my eyebrow. I must have been hibernating in the cave all these years while Korean Bulgogi Taco swiped the valley of California, or Kimchee stew had become an addictive to some of those K-pop lovers.
Korean food is earthy and somewhat rustic I would say. There’s no exotic ingredients and you don’t need special tools or gadgets to create wonderful meals. Your knife and hands are your best friends in the kitchen.
The biggest challenge I face every time I organize my recipes into my blog is converting a little bit of this into tablespoons, and a little bit of that into teaspoons. Most Korean home cooks don’t use measuring cups or spoons.
I bet that goes same to other Asian home cooks as well. We just trust our senses and finger tips, don’t we?
I am thrilled to post as a guest blogger on Bee’s the famous “Rasa Malaysia”. I have been a fan of her blog and thrilled for the opportunity to be part of it.
The recipe I am introducing is called “Bean Sprout Beef Rice Bowl with Chive Sauce”. Wow, what a long name! Let’s just call it “Bean sprout rice”. That’s what we call in Korea.
This is quite common dish among Koreans and everyone loves it. It is basically part of Bibimbop family but you only need one vegetable, the bean sprouts. It is simple (regardless of the long list), easy, budget friendly, and most of all, it’s delicious!
Ground beef is seasoned in basic Bulgogi marinade. Bean sprouts are cooked in a little bit of water with dried anchovies and sea kelp reserving the broth afterward.
Rice should be soaked in the water for 30 minutes and cooked later in the reserved bean sprout broth. Make the chive dressing with given ingredients and you are set to go.
May I give a serving suggestion how to eat this? Like Bibimbop you need to mix in everything in the large bowl. Bibimbop mixing is an important step! :)
I have to confess that after the photo shot of this dish I dumped everything into a bigger mixing bowl, drizzled more sesame oil and mixed all in until they get nicely incorporated. The taste? Well, all I can say is, Mmmmmmmm…, Goooooood!
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Bean Sprout Beef Rice Bowl Recipe
Bean Sprout Beef Rice Bowl recipe - seasoned ground beef, bean sprouts, rice, chive dressing.
- 1 package soy bean sprouts cleaned and preferably tails removed (16 oz)
- 5-6 dried large anchovies, head and black gills removed
- 2-3 dried sea kelp
- 1 1/2 cups short grain white rice, preferably Korean or Japanese
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 3-4 tablespoons chopped Asian chives or regular chives or green onion
- 2 tablespoons Korean chili flakes
- 1/2 green chili seeded and chopped
- 1/2 red chili seeded and chopped, (optional)
- 1 garlic finely minced
- 4-5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
- 1 dashe of black pepper
Soak the rice in the water for 30 minutes and drain. Set aside. Prepare the beef in the marinade and chill until ready to cook.
Meanwhile place bean sprouts in a pot with dried anchovies and sea kelp on the bottom with 1 cup of water. Cover with lid and cook over medium high heat until the steam comes out, reduce heat to low, continue to cook for another 6 minutes. Do not peak. You need to keep the pot covered. Drain the bean sprouts and reserve the broth from them. You will need 1 1/2 cup of the broth. If not enough, add water to fill in. Discard the anchovies and sea kelp. Set aside the bean sprouts covered.
Cook the rice in a rice cooker or heavy bottom pot with the reserved broth. Cook the beef in a pan until browned. No need oil.Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients.
Place cooked hot rice in a big individual bowl, top with beef and bean sprouts, and the chive dressing (about 1 1/2 Tbsp or more per person). Drizzle more sesame oil in you wish. Mix everything very well until they get nicely incorporated. Serve with some Kimchee as a side if you have.