A delicious rice bowl topped with kimchi, sausage, seasoned vegetables and a fried egg. A dollop of spicy Korean paste tops it off and you mix it all up in your bowl for a tasty twist on a traditional Korean recipe. Translated to mean
“mixed-up rice”, this traditional Korean dish has been moving mainstream. It has been spotted on the menu of a popular chain restaurant and now you can make it at home!
But this fabulous kimchi and sausage bibimbap has a little story. This summer one of my comics was published an I was paid a small honorarium. How exciting!! I can now call myself a published cartoonist. 🙂 So how does one spend the Amazon gift card that was given as a token of appreciation from the magazine? A book of course; a cute kids book by the same name, Bee-bim-Bop! by Linda Sue Park. I have been eying this book for a while, it is written about Korean food by a great Korean-American author. (Kyah did a book review on one of her books here.)
Take a look!
It’s an adorable tale of a little girl helping her mom shop and prep the food making bibimbap for dinner. My kids love bibimbap and love to help me cook; it feels like the book could be written about us!
So after reading this book, who wouldn’t be inspired to make bibimbap?
We usually make dolsot bibimbap, which is cooked in a hot pot with a raw egg, just because I think it is fun. But when I served this to my yobo, he said it tasted like normal Korean bibimbap because it wasn’t so fancy! 🙂
Go big or go home. That is my yobo’s policy on most things. Not for cars or boats or anything like that, just things that grow. When we first decided to get chickens, he came home with thirty one of them! I wanted to have some blueberry bushes, now we have over thirty of them. Grapes; all the fences are covered in them. Raspberries; two and half long rows. So when I decided I wanted a garden, I should have know it would be big. Now granted it isn’t huge, but considering it is in our front yard, it is a good size.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my garden. In the spring I eagerly weed it and turn it. I empty several of our compost bins on it. I spread out all the new top soil and sow my seeds with great excitement. But then June comes. I am a teacher so June is just as crazy as it is for most people with report cards, field trips, and graduations. So by the time June is over, so is my beautiful garden. It is overrun with weeds again and things are growing all over the place.
So my garden is lacking love this year (again). But in the midst of it all, it grows. And this spinach plant provided me what I needed for this great dish. (ignore the weeds!) Actually, aside from the sesame oil and seeds, the rest of this dish is all from our homestead. Look at us… urban farmers! 🙂
What’s the best part of slow cooker Sunday? Besides a hot yummy meal cooking while you are out working or drinking coffee in the sunshine? Slow cooker leftovers! If you are going to have your slow cooker working for you, you might as well have it do a double shift and you have two meals done for you as you go to the zoo and watch the lion feeding- which I might add is very interesting! Not the feeding per se but the side show! Did you know that the male lion sprays urine on the bystanders to mark his territory? It makes for great entertainment! Well, if you are not sitting in the ‘splash zone’! 🙂
Slow cooker Sunday included a big pork roast with this fabulous recipe from Six Sisters stuff. I have tried lots of different pulled pork recipes, but this one is something special! The sandwiches we had with them were a.ma.z.ing but they played second fiddle to the leftovers the next day… pulled pork bibimbap. Need I say more? A fabulous fusion recipe that is fun to cook up and eat! The pulled pork is so deliciously saucy, you don’t need to add any spicy gojuchang (red pepper) sauce, but of course, everything is better with a little spice!
So scour your flyers for a pork something-something on sale and get slow-cooking! You won’t be sorry! And maybe you can catch the lion feeding at the zoo with all your free time!
Top with 2-3 tbsp each of sliced carrots, sliced zucchini, sesame spinach
Top also with 1/3 cup pulled pork
Crack an egg on top
Sprinkle with sesame seeds
Mix it up until the egg is fully cooked.
Bibimbap translates 'mixed rice'. So once served, the heat from the pot and the rice will cook the egg as you mix. So mix well and ensure that the pot is good and hot!
Another option is to fry the carrots, zucchini and the egg separately and serve in a normal bowl.
Trying to get more vegetables into your meal plan? Tired of the same old, same old steamed veggies? This delicious garlicky spinach Korean side dish will have you craving those leafy greens!!
This is a very common side dish (banchan) in Korea served with rice and other side dishes such as kimchi, honey potatoes or a bell pepper banchan. It is one of my yobo’s favourite; he has fond memories of eating this everyday in spinach season. He waxes on about his mom and his childhood when he eats it reminiscing about trimming spinach in the garden. He recalls being influenced by Popeye cartoons and wanting to eat lots of it to grow big and strong. Our kids have no idea who Popeye is, so the stories are lost on them. This poor generation of kids, not having heroes like Popeye to look up to. I should find some old cartoon clips and show them. For educational purposes, of course!
So whether you are old enough to remember Olive Oyl and Brutus or not, I promise you, if you make this dish, it will be gone before you can say ‘Popeye’!
Deliciously steamed eggs with spinach make a easy side dish, or breakfast, or whole meal if that is the way you roll with eggs! 🙂
Have I mentioned we eat a lot of eggs in our house? We have a lot of chickens in our coop and they normally produce a lot of eggs, except for right now since they are molting and losing so many feathers that the run looks like they have a constant pillow fight! When they lose their feathers, they lose the energy to lay eggs, and we lose our abundant breakfast supply! Luckily this yummy recipe only needs 4.
What would an egg recipe be with out a picture of my cutie pie helping to collect the eggs?