photo from The Smith Website
This post is about my first experience with Korean Bibimbap, not the soup above; However, the soup and the bibimbap are related.
Last week, my husband and I drove into NYC to visit my son and his girlfriend. We dined at restaurant called," THE SMITH MIDTOWN " at 956 SECOND AVENUE NYC ( a must try). The food was exceptional and gluten free friendly. I ordered the roasted tomato soup with melted cheddar cheese ( picture above) and a fabulous Greek salad with a wonderful creamy lemony dressing ( one of the best I ever had). My husband, son, and his girlfriend all really enjoyed their choices as well; their choices were not gluten free ( the menu ) OK .... I'm getting to the Bibimbap
photo from The Smith Website
On the walk to the restaurant my son told me about a vegetarian gluten free entree he had tried there once before called, Bibimbap.. I was intrigued to say the least, but I thought he was joking.
It turned out my son wasn't joking. Bibimbap is a Korean dish that is quite popular in that American restaurant. In fact, shortly after we were seated, a generous order of bibimbap whizzed by us on its way to a nearby table .
The vegetable bibimbap was a layered salad made with sushi rice, shiitake mushroom, spinach, pickled carrot, edamame, bean sprouts, a sunny up egg right in the middle and a wonderful Korean sauce I've been told. I couldn't get a picture, but I looked up some information of the recipe.
According to Wikipedia :
Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: [bibimbap]) is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed meal" or "mixed rice". Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg may be added. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.
When I went online, I found out there are many variations of Bibimbap. Sometimes it is layered, sometimes it is arranged by item in a spring form type pan, sometimes it is just mixed together. Some versions are a little more Americanized and contain shredded carrots, zucchini, and more typical American fare. I looked for some on Pinterest, there were tons of recipes. I guess a lot of people are familiar Bibimbap.
This picture below is from Pinterest and is from a blog called, Use Real Butter. She has a wonderful pictorial tutorial of how to make it step by step.. If you want to make it, check out her blog because the post was entertaining and the photos and tutorials wonderful. ( for me of course, I would leave out the beef)
Photo below from Use Real Butter.
Have you ever had Bibimbap? Have you ever heard of Bibimbap? What's your Bibimbap story
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