Whoop, whoop! Rolling in the weekend with some Spicy Vegetarian Bibimbap.
I’m always equally surprised and elated when the weekend rolls around. How does one week feel so long, yet go by so quickly? I was equally surprised and elated when I first had bibimbap. It was, what feels like, an eternity ago, in New York City. Back before I was a food blogger, back before I was dissecting recipes to figure out what I liked best, what the flavor profile was, etc. etc. etc.
What I’m trying to say is that for years I’ve been wanting to make bibimbap myself, and for whatever reason, it’s taken me this long. I got to the drawing board, and to taste testing, and I’m so pleasantly surprised by how it turned out.
Making bibimbap feels a lot like dating. Ok, ok, stick with me here! I know it seems like a crazy connection, but dating involves a lot of following your intuition, your gut, listening to the voice inside your head – or back to that gut – because it’s telling you everything you need to know!
Since I’m dipping my feet into the dating world again, I’ve been quickly reminded to listen to my intuition. To tune in to that voice that sometimes gets squashed down faster than expected. Because of a plethora of reason we won’t get into quite yet. What it comes down to is this: I’ve been focusing on how I feel, and what feels right (equally what doesn’t and not wasting my time with that). But now what you’re really dying to know: how does this relate to bibimbap at all?!
Because on top of the crispy bed of rice, the choice of veggies you choose is totally like following your intuition! Feel like spinach, kimchi, carrots, and cucumbers (as in my suggested recipe)?! Go for it! Want to swap out the sautéed spinach for sautéed mushrooms (also highly suggested)?! Go for it! Not feeling Kimchi, but want to add some extra protein?! Be my guest!
Seriously, I love how customizable this meal is! Not only that, but bibimbap is so full of flavor with the Gochujang sauce. Speaking of… have you tried Gochujang before? It’s essentially a Korean hot pepper sauce – it’s super concentrated and kind of pungent – so in my bibimbap sauce it’s mixed with some soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and a pinch of honey to balance out the flavor. The key here is to see if the brand you buy has added sugar or not.
Gochujang is used to make kimchi, so I love topping my bibimbap with some extra kimchi. Again, if you’re not feeling all the kimchi flavor, feel free to top as your heart desires! I already mentioned the sautéed spinach (or mushroom!) options – but the carrot and fresh cucumber also rounds out the flavor. The crisp, crunch cucumber cools it down and balances out the spice.
Speaking of crisp and crunchy – the rice is slightly fried, adding a chewy crisp texture. So. Much. Texture. in Spicy Vegetarian Bibimbap! AND THE EGG! You cannot argue with a runny, sunny side up egg on top of a texture-flavor-packed-bowl-of-yumminess.
Report back! What are you favorite bibimbap toppings?!Print