The Delicious Dish That You’re Probably Too Afraid To Pronounce

If you’ve ever refrained from ordering something because you didn’t know how to pronounce it, we wholly feel you.

But no one should be deprived of the deliciousness that is bibimbap for dread of embarrassment. Once and for all, it’s pronounced “bee-beem-bahp, ” but it might as well be called “beautiful bowl of YUM.”

Multi-bits via Getty Images We don’t know whether to frame it or eat it.

The secret to building the perfect bowl of this healthy Korean classic is range. Listen to your taste buds and don’t be afraid to go a little crazy.

Start with a base layer of warm white rice. Then add shredded cucumber, carrot, zucchini, kimchi and bean sprouts — season or sautee these bibimbap staples however you prefer. Top your bowl with some avocado, pickled daikon and a variety of mushrooms to take it to the next level. A fried egg or raw egg yolk and a sprinkling of sesame seeds and seaweed will pull all of the flavors together.

Finally, don’t forget one of the most essential elements of good bibimbap: a healthy heap of gochujang, Korean red pepper paste. If you love fiery food, pile it on. If your taste buds are more accustomed to mild flavors, proceed with caution.

The Wanderlust Kitchen Get the Vegetarian Korean Bibimbap Bowls recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen

Stick to big portions of veggies for an unbelievably fulfilling and healthful vegetarian meal. Bibimbap is the perfect dish to prepare when you have a wide variety of leftover veggies in the fridge, and tofu — like the pan-fried version in the recipe above — is a welcome addition if a little extra protein is in order.

However, bibimbap doesn’t have to be meat-free. In fact, it is often served with beef bulgogi, a classic and simple Korean BBQ. The many ingredients mean you’ll get unique flavor and texture combinings in every bite. What more could you want in a bowl?

When it comes down to it, bibimbap can be whatever you want to make it. It can be a big tasty mess of mismatched ingredients, or a work of precision worthy of a museum. Below, a few recipes to satisfy all of your bibimbap needs 😛 TAGEND


Slim Palate

Get the Bibimbap recipe from Slim Palate

Tofu Bibimbap

Connoisseurus Veg

Get the Tofu Bibimbap recipe from Connoisseurus Veg

Stone Bowl Bibimbap

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Get the Stone Bowl Bibimbap recipe from i am a food blog

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