When I first heard this term, I honestly thought it to be a software application. Fortunately, it turned out to be a Korean platter. Korea is not just only known for kimchi and Bulgogi when it comes to the greatest food, Bibimbap is an additional headline. According to the CNN travel, this dish has entered the list of World’s 50 most delicious food survey, ranking number 40. This popular platter was even welcomed and admired by the high-ranking officers. Let’s discuss the roots and explore the most about Bibimbap under this section. Are you all excited to know? Let’s get started!
Know the Roots
The meaning of this term Bibimbap is “mixed rice” where “bibim”stands for “mixed” and “bap” for “rice.” This dish is not just popular but also rich in history. It has been considered as a traditional practice taking place on the new year eve by consuming the leftovers. It has been said that the date back, koreans wanted to get relieve themselves from the leftovers. As a solution, they assorted them in the rice bowl.
Not only this, even few had a belief that years back, farmers used to consume this during the farming session. As it can feed large group of people at a time. It was also known as the King’s light meal in the earliest.
This might sound like a very easy job. If you think, just mixing the things up is the only job. Then you need to give a second thought. It has been observed to have five separate colour frostings, complementing one another on the rice for nourishment and artistic taste.
The vegetables which are generally included are mushrooms, soybean sprouts, spinach, zucchini, cucumber, tofu, bellflower root, lettuce, carrots and radish. On the supreme to these, chicken or sliced beef is added. To sum the perkiness, heavy and gleamy red chilli paste called gochujang is added. The final touch up is given by the raw egg.
Now how the magic happens?
Before settling everything in the pot, the cookware is layered with sesame seed, sesame oil and the red pepper paste. And this is from where the magic and aroma starts.
Do you that Bibimbap was shortlisted among the top three foods at the time of Josean era. To honour this, there is a festival that takes place in Korea on the name of Jeonju Bibimbap festival. This festival has been holding for 4 days from the day of launch in the city itself where the visitors and the localites enjoy this mix of more than 30 ingredients and take part in the cooking contests. This isn’t it!
After being served with the dish, you have to take a pause till 1 or 2 minutes to mix up the rice and the ingredients together. You can take pleasure of the unlimited amount of gochujang because there are no boundaries to it. In short, add as much as you want, just mesh them together and have an unforgettable taste encounter.
How to Eat
This traditional meal is making people across the country and world all excited to just try it once. Let’s know the simple steps to eat Bibimbap in the right way.
Step 1: This may sound very obvious. At the first, just figure out the places serving Bibimbap because not all the korean restaurants are specialised in it. Before giving a visit, check the menu.
Step 2: If you want to enjoy the real pleasure of this delicacy, then do not forget to choose a spoon over chopsticks. It can be too hot to be handled by a chopstick.
Step 3: Do not forget to add the gochujang, the chilli paste over it.
Step 4: Spraying some sesame oil is the most critical element of this dish. This addition will end up giving you the nutty flavour.
Step 5: Grab your spoon and just start mixing it up without wasting any time. This is eventually a root to this platter.
If everything is done, Just simply enjoy it.
Here I am listing the ingredients briefly, in case you want to give a try and test your cooking skills with this traditional dish.
Red Pepper Flakes
Cooked White Rice
Beans or sprouts
Chicken or beef
Simply, give a start by cooking the rice. On the other hand arrange and wash your vegetables, beans and sprouts. Board out the chopper and cut the garlic. Rinse your vegetables and beans and completely squash out the extra water from it. Heat the cookware, add olive oil and stir fry the carrots and keep it aside. Following the same, add beef to the pan, Include soy sauce. Just by side, start cooking the eggs. And finally, a right partition of the cooked rice has to be done among beef, vegetables, sprouts and eggs. Add some gochujang and a pinch of sesame seeds.
Types of Bibimbap
Every single this in this world is categorised and so does this Korean delicacy. All thanks to the popularity, this is being carefully studied and researched for its sustenance and nutriments. Let’s discuss the categories of Bibimbap being enjoyed by people around the country.
Andong Bibimbap: This dish is featured with a steamed fish and alternative colours of namul and plenty of vegetables. It is also known as “fake” ritual dish.
Tongyeong Bibimbap: This bibimbap is all loaded with the seafood making it best with namul and steamed rice. This dish originally comes from a marine city and is popular for its exotic taste.
Yukhoe Bibimbap: This version is quite similar to the traditional bibimbap. This local food is all loaded with sauteed greens, fern brakes and seeds with a pot of cooked rice. This dish can be easily discovered in the streets of Jinju.
The Entire Journey
Åhis Korean comfort dish can never disappoint you. The more you eat, the more you fall for it. Cheering up this mixed rice dish with a blend of 30 ingredients will never stop pleasing you. All you need to find is the right place for serving it. To experience this satisfying meal you can reserve your table in The Kimchi House, Oma Bap, Tofully, Bibimbap King and Chan. This meal is been trending even outside the Korea and also easily available in the airlines having a route connection with South Korea. There are plenty of spots found in L.A and London showing up more for this.
Not only the flavours, there is even more. It is the Korean belief that this dish cures the body with nourishment, satisfy the spirit by delivering the right energy and also take away the disorders throughout the winters.