This morning was spent running round the house trying to get our place as ready as possible for my parent-in-laws! We keep our place pretty clean though so mostly it was things like making sure the tiny little water spots were off the bathroom mirror and sweeping any hair and dust on the extremely white bathroom tile floor. Then a quick dusting especially on any black furniture and we were done. We prepared as much food as possible before they arrived also. When they arrived they did as we suspected they would and asked a bagazillion questions and looked in every closet and corner. In the end they were satisfied gave us a seal of approval.
With so much to do and keep in mind we decided to make a lunch that would be simple and customizable for each person. My parent-in-laws just wanted a nice meal at our new home since we tend to take them our to places that cost more than they would like us to spend. Bibimbap was the perfect dish to make since each person can make it to their liking! Bibimbap is a korean dish that mixes together rice, meat, veggies and egg. We laid out all the ingredients separately so that each person could add whatever they like. We also made some green onion pancakes to balance out the store bought stuff versus homemade. They definitely enjoyed the meal and we have tons of leftovers too!
For bibimbap if you have a korean market near you then you’re set! We cooked some of the stuff ourselves but bought some of the other ingredients pre-made. Korean markets are awesome because they offer a lot of side dishes pre-made and at decent prices. We bought items that are harder to cook to make it simpler for us. We chose to just buy the sesame spinach and beansprouts because those two items can take a while to prepare.
Basic bibimbap – serves 4
1-2 lbs of marinated bulgogi meat (can also use ground beef)
half pound of sesame spinach
half pound of cooked beansprouts
one fourth pound fresh shittake mushrooms
6 cups cooked white rice
1. Cook the rice first to allow it enough time. Cook each item you have seasoning lightly.
2. If you bought fresh spinach and beansprouts. Prepare and cook them with a little bit of salt and sesame oil. Sprinkle on sesame seeds after cooking. Set each aside separately.
3. Wash the shittake mushrooms. Then slice thinly. Cook the mushrooms with a little bit of soy sauce. Set aside.
4. Cook the bulgogi or ground meat. Set aside.
5. Lastly pan fry the eggs so that they stay separate and the yolks are still slightly soft.
6. You can also add a variety of other ingredients depending on what you like. Bibimbap is very versatile and there are many versions of it. You can use brown rice instead of white, add some carrots, zucchini, almost anything you want basically.
7. Depending on who is eating either place the ingredients nicely into a large bowl for each person, or let each person choose how much they want of each item. The best way to do this is to add two scoops of rice, half a scoop of each additional item, top with the egg, then one tablespoon of gojuchang sauce to each bowl. Mix it all up and then adjust however you like! There’s really no wrong way to go about doing this and the best part of making bibimbap is that everyone can customize it to their taste.
When it comes to pleasing the most critical audience making something like bibimbap really works! There aren’t a lot of people who don’t like bibimbap and when you make it customizable then they can do whatever they like with it! I think I’ll call today a success.
What dish do you like to make that’s easy to customize?