8ouncesbeefrib eye or sirloin (substitute shiitake mushrooms for a vegetarian dish)
2cupsboiled gosari*고사리 (fernbrake)
16ouncessoybean sprouts콩나물 (or mung bean sprouts, 숙주)
2kirbypickling cucumbers (or 1 Korean cucumber)
2or 3 scallionschopped
roasted sesame seeds
salt and pepper
vegetable or canola oil
For the bibimbap sauce
4tablespoonsof Korean red chili pepper pastegochujang, 고추장
1tablespoonof sesame oil
For the rice:
Cook the rice in a rice cooker or following package directions, using a little less water than called for. The rice for bibimbap should be a little drier than usual for best results.
For the bibimbap bowl toppings:
Beef: Cut into thin 2-inch long strips. Mix in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 2 teaspoons of rice wine, 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/2 sesame seeds and a pinch of pepper. Marinate for 20 minutes. Sauté in a skillet for 2 - 3 minutes over high heat.
Gosari (Fern brake): Cut into 3-inch lengths. Season with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds, and a pinch of pepper. Let stand for 10 minutes. Sauté in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of vegetable/canola oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
Soybean sprouts: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil with a teaspoon of salt. Add the bean sprouts and boil for 3 minutes. Drain quickly and shock in cold water to stop cooking. Drain again. Toss with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds, and salt and pepper to taste.
Spinach: Blanch the spinach in salted boiling water only until wilted, 30 - 40 seconds. Drain quickly and shock in cold water. Squeeze out water. Cut into 3-inch lengths. Toss with 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste.
Cucumbers: Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise and then thinly slice crosswise. Generously sprinkle salt over sliced cucumbers and set aside for 10 - 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid. Toss with 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds.
Zucchinis: Cut the zucchinis in half lengthwise and then thinly slice crosswise. Generously sprinkle salt over sliced zucchinis and set aside for 10 - 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid from salted zucchini by hand. Add 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds. Sauté in a lightly oiled skillet for 1 - 2 minutes over medium high heat.
Carrots: Julienne the carrots into matchsticks. Sauté in a lightly oiled skillet for 1 - 2 minutes over medium-high heat, sprinkling salt and pepper to taste.
For the bibimbap sauce:
Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
Place a serving of rice in a big bowl. (If using a stone bowl, heat it over medium heat until very hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil and rice and cook the rice for several minutes until the rice sizzles.) Nicely arrange a small amount of each prepared vegetable and beef over the rice. Drizzle a little sesame oil over. Top with an egg fried sunny-side up and serve with the sauce.
*You can buy dried gosari (고사리) at any Korean market. Rehydrate by boiling in water until tender. **Other common toppings for bibimbap include shiitake mushrooms (sliced and sautéd), bellflower roots (doraji – soaked and sautéd), sukju namul (bean sprouts), mu saengchae(radish salad), onion (sliced and sautéd), lettuce leaves, kimchi (sliced), etc.