Cheap Eats, Ethnic version: Bibimbap

This is NOT a quick meal but it IS relatively cheap AND delicious AND not quite so time-intensive as the typical Korean style way.



Carrots, 2-3 matchsticked (or buy them that way)  (ideally, carrots are a good thing to buy organic, as are all root vegetables.  On that, do you know that carrots are SO good at absorbing all the stuff that’s in the ground that it is planted as a throw-away crop for leaching out nasty chemicals/pesticides/etc from the soil?)
1 zucchini, sliced into half circles
1 small bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed (altho, I used beet leaves this time because I had some left-over from my beet kvass and that tasted just as good)
mushrooms, pre-sliced will save you more time but whatever
bean sprouts

Sesame seed oil (yep, you need this or it won’t taste right)
Sesame seeds for sprinkling
GoChuJang (fermented Korean red pepper paste. I SUPPOSE you could do without it but it would REALLY not be the same.  I found some preservative-free, msg-free GoChuJang by Annie Chun’s at Kroger for about $5.  The typical GoChuJang that you’d get at the Korean market has MSG so it was worth paying a bit more for the Annie Chun’s)

Boiled rice, traditionally sticky white rice but do what you like

1 egg per serving, fried sunny-side up

How T0
Take all your sliced veggies and fry them up in sesame oil.  If I am making this dish for company, I fry them all individually which, let me tell you, is a PAIN but makes the presentation nicer.  If it’s just us then, meh.  But I DO fry the mushrooms and spinach together after frying the others because the mushrooms will discolor the bean sprouts and zukes. Not a big deal but there you are.

Dish your rice into bowls, heap the veggies on top and drizzle all with more sesame oil.

Fry 1 egg per person sunny side up in sesame oil and top your bowl with egg.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


Slather on Add GoChuJang to taste and enjoy.

It’s not hard, not too time consuming if you cook all the things together and buy pre-cut things AND its an awesome way to get your veggies for the day in.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Mom
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 10:23:04

    It’s delicious! Always glad when you make this for me:)


  2. The Mom
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 10:23:26

    As I am way too lazy to make it for myself…


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