I guess the Korean dish Bibimbap must be one of the visually most frustrating foods in existence. Essentially, what you do is cook rice, sauté some vegetables, stir fry some meat and then arrange everything in a bowl.
Immediately after serving, Bibimbap looks something like this:
However, immediately before eating, Bibimbap looks like this:
This is because immediately after serving, after having looked at it for a few seconds, you take a spoon and mix everything into a moderately undefinable mixture. "Bibimbap" apparently means "mixed meal".
It's even more frustrating in a Korean restaurant, where the waiter brings the Bibimbap to the table, shows it to you for a split second and immediately starts mixing everything without letting you appreciate the food in its unspoiled state.
I wonder whether in Korea there is actually a minimum time where the Bibimbap must be undisturbed and you are simply expected to look at it and do nothing before mixing it all up.
Simple Bibimbap recipe:
- 1 cup rice
- 1 tablespoon dried seaweed
- 3 mushrooms, sliced
- 1-2 tablespoons beansprouts
- 1 smallcarrot
- 50g beef, cut in thin stripes
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp Korean fermented hot pepper paste
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
Boil the rice.
Soak the seaweed in some water, (optionally) season with hoisin sauce and rice vinegar.
Sauté the mushrooms.
Sauté the beansprouts.
Cut the carrot into thin stripes (julienne).
Stir fry the beef briefly over high heat, (optionally) season with bean paste
Fry the egg.
Put the rice in a bowl and place the egg in the middle. Arrange the drained seaweed, mushrooms, beef, carrot stripes, beansprouts and pepper paste around the egg.
Season with sesame oil and serve immediately.
Look at it.
Take a big spoon and mix everything up, then eat.