Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish. The word literally
means "mixed rice." Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with
namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and
(chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and
sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions.
Left: Bibimbap, a
The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating.
It can be served either cold or hot.
Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu
(daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach,
soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu),
either plain or sautéed, or a leaf of lettuce may be added, or chicken or
seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often
placed so that adjacent colors complement each other.
A variation of this dish, dolsot bibimbap ("dolsot"
meaning "stone pot"), is served in a very hot stone bowl in which a raw egg is
cooked against the sides of the bowl.
The bowl is so hot that anything that touches it
sizzles for minutes. Before the rice is placed in the bowl, the bottom
of the bowl is coated with sesame oil, making the layer of the rice
touching the bowl golden brown and crispy.
bibimbap, a Korean traditional dish comprising various
namul and rice.
In Korean households, bibimbap is frequently prepared from steamed rice,
vegetables, and meat. As one of the most
representative items of Korean cuisine, and because of its convenience of
preparation, since the late 20th century bibimbap has been served as an airline
meal on various airlines connecting to South Korea.