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This food adventure started when I saw a FB post from my pastor saying his son like “bap” better than turkey dinner. I wondered, “what is bap?” Google and Pinterest settled that question rather quickly. Not being a huge fan of turkey dinner myself, I just had to try it. I’ve “tried” this now about five times. Please bear with me. We rarely eat meals that I don’t prepare myself, so I’ve never tried this delicious Korean dish other than what you’re reading here. Who knows if it’s authentic. It’s probably not, but do I care? It’s easy to make and tastes great. The marinade is super sweet, so if you aren’t a fan of sweet meat, best to move along. For me, the sweet meat makes the dish.

Essentially, this is a rice bowl. The ingredients are prepared separately and then placed into the bowl. It’s okay for it to be served room temperature. I use a medium skillet to stir-fry each vegetable, one after the other, then stir-fry the meat in the same skillet. I fry the egg in a smaller saute pan at the very last, trying to keep it intact as the runny egg should be considered part of the sauce.

  • Meat Marinade for Four
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion

Either pork or beef strips will do. I’ve been buying these boneless pork chops from Costco and slicing two of them (2 servings) into thin strips and then dropping into this marinade. The marinade makes enough for four servings. Let the marinade work for about an hour.

  • 1. Prepare enough rice for the number of people you are feeding, white rice or brown rice.
  • 2. Stir-fry any of the following sliced ingredients in a little bit of oil, separately, and set aside into separate bowls: mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, cabbage, spinach, kale, chard, snow peas, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, orange squash, peppers, sweet potato, any kind of vegetable should be okay. I usually stir-fry four different kinds.
  • 3. Pull the meat strips out of the marinade. Discard marinade and stir-fry meat in oil on high heat until cooked. Set aside.
  • 4. Divide the rice, and then the stir-fried ingredients, equally between serving bowls, one bowl for each person.
  • 5. Last thing: fry one egg per person, sunny side up. Place egg gently onto top of each serving bowl.
  • 6. Make sure you have Gochujang Sauce (mine comes from the grocery store) available for each person to sauce their own bowl.

In my opinion the best way to eat Bibimbap, after it is served, is to crack the yolk and stir the whole thing up. Enjoy!