Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Posted by jokergirl@wererabbits
Getting into the spring feeling (even if the weather is not cooperating) with a springy, colourful bibimbap bento!
Bibimbap is a simple Korean dish that is colourful, delicious and ideal for bento! It's basically rice with different vegetables (and sometimes meat if you're of the meat-eating persuasion), egg and a spicy sauce called Gochujang. You heat it, stir everything together adding enough of the sauce to fit your taste and desire for spiciness and eat!
In restaurants, this is often served in sizzling hot castiron bowls, which add crunch to the rice and fire to the spices! But even without it, it's a delicious dish.
Mine is the extra-quick microwave variant, since I just bought my first microwave and it came with a steamer set:
Steamed corn, soy sprouts, spinach and slices of egg-log all steamed in the microwave with a little salt, sesame oil and sugar seasoning. I put different spices on each separate heap to differentiate the tastes a little. Egg is easily steamed in the microwave by adding a bit of water to a cup of whisked egg. I learned that trick from my Chinese friends, who spice it with tasty szechuan pepper!
The shredded carrots with balsamic vinegar are leftovers from a vegetarian pasta sauce. And the red sauce decorating it is the Gochujang, which I bought at an Asian supermarket and simply squeezed from the bottle. Technically I should add soy to make it Chogochujang, but I didn't bother as it tastes nice enough!
Here's to hoping spring will come soon...
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This Post was written by jokergirl from Were Rabbits.