There’s something fun about bibimbap. It might be the the colourful vegetables, mixing up the ingredients in the bowl, or maybe just because I love saying “bibimbap!” The best thing though, is that bibimbap can be anything you want it to be.
As a kid I was enthralled with the fairy tale Stone Soup. It amazed me how you could start with a pot, a stone and end up with enough delicious soup to feed a village. It’s one of those children’s stories with a thinly veiled moral: share and everyone wins. Bibimbap can be just like stone soup: have each of your friends bring over a different ingredient, then you and your friends can mingle in a bowl the way you’d never do in real life.
Stone soup starts with just two ingredients: a stone and water. To start a bowl of bibimbap, all you need is rice and gochujang. From there, the options are endless: a raw or fried egg, various vegetables, meat or tofu; your bibimbap is up to you.
With leftover grilled pork belly in the fridge, I had to make bibimbap. I knew the smoky, crisp pork belly would taste fabulous with fresh vegetables, gochujang sauce, and a fried slow poached egg. I love the way the egg oozes it’s yellow goodness over everything in the bowl.
If you haven’t made a slow-poached egg yet, don’t wait any longer! The creaminess of the yolk will make you fall in love with eggs all over again. Fry one up and you’ll get an awesome combination of crisp and creamy. Be careful when you’re frying though, these eggs break easily, which is what you want in your bowl, but not in your pan.
Bibimbap is delicious, so do your leftovers a favour and bibimbap it up!
Stone Soup Bibimbap Recipe
meat of your choice
vegetables of your choice
pan-fried slow poached egg, raw egg, or pan fried egg
In a bowl, arrange meat and vegetables over steaming, hot rice. Top with egg of your choice. Drizzle with bibimbap sauce, mix, and enjoy!
Bibimbap Sauce for 2
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
4 teaspoons sesame oil
4 tablespoons gochujang
2 tablespoon sugar
Mix rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, gochujang, and sugar until sugar is dissolved.