Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BiBimBap and Oi Sobaki

I was thinking what to do for the AWED - Korean event and while googling came across Bibimbap. I am very partial to the rice dishes cooked as part of Chinese and Thai cooking. There are a lot of Bibimbap recipes floating around on the net and after hrs of googling decided to make my own (actually a hotchpotch of the recipes that I saw :) )

Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed rice" or "mixed meal. "Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste).

So here we go...

Main Ingredients:
Rice - 1 cup
Carrot Juliennes - 2 tbsp
Radish Julienne - 2 tbsp
Cucumber Julienne - 2 tbsp
Mushroom Julienne - 3 tbsp
Onion Julienne - 1 tbsp
Green Onion - 2 tbsp sliced
Potatoes Juliennes - 2 tbsp

Bibimbap Sauce Ingredients:
Red Pepper Paste - 3tbsp
Soy Sauce - 1 tsp
Vinegar - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Sesame Seeds - 1 tsp
Sesame Oil - 1 tsp
Minced Garlic - 1 tsp

Red Pepper Paste ingredients:
Chilli Powder - 1 tbsp
Soy Sauce - 1 tsp
Rice Flour - 2 tsp

Prepare the Red pepper paste - Mix all the ingredients with a little water if necessary.

Prepare the Bibimbap sauce.

Now for the veggie toppings:
Mushrooms: Marinate the mushroom slices by combining 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp finely chopped green onions, 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp pan roasted sesame seeds, and some ground pepper to taste. Just before serving, fry very briefly in a wok.

Carrots: Soak the julienned strips in salt water for about 5 mins, drain and lightly squeeze out the excess liquid. Fry this in a wok with little salt and sesame oil.

Radish and Onion Greens: Soak the julienned strips of radish in salt water for about 5 mins drain and lightly squeeze out the excess liquid. Fry this in a wok along with the onion greens with little salt and sesame oil.

Potatoes: Soak the julienned strips in salt water for about 5 mins, drain and lightly squeeze out the excess liquid. Add 1 tsp of red pepper paste and sesame oil and fry in the wok.

Cucumbers: Soak the julienned strips in salt water for about 5 mins, drain and lightly squeeze out the excess liquid. Mix with a little salt and red pepper paste.

In a large bowl, place 1 cup of cooked rice, all of the vegetables and top with the Sauce.

Mix all of the ingredients and eat :)

Oi Sobaki - Cucumber Pickle

This recipe I got from one of the cookbooks I downloaded from esnips.

You need
Cucumber - 4
Hot pepper powder - 1/2 cup
Green onion - 1 stalk
Garlic - 4 cloves
Ginger - 1 piece

Wash the cucumbers scrubbing with salt. Cut them into 4 inches long. Make a crosswise cut about 3.5 inches deep in each piece.
Dissolve 4 tablespoonfuls of salt in 4 cups of water. Soak the cucumbers for about 30 minutes in the salted water. Squeeze them with gauze or paper towel to drain water thoroughly.
Crush garlic. Chop green onion and ginger
Put the hot pepper powder, green onion, garlic, ginger and salt in a large bowl. Mix them well
Stuff each cucumber piece with the mixture. Place them neatly in a jar. Put the remaining stuffing on them.
Keep in a cool place for one day, and then serve.

Verdict: I fell in love with Bibimbap :) Next time around need to reduce the garlic a bit thou but this is one recipe, which is going to be cooked in my kitchen atleast couple of times a month.

Oi Sobaki - I took it out after 1 day but I think I should have allowed it to stay for 1 more day. but was a good experiment!!!

This is my entry for the AWED - Korean hosted by PJ. The AWED is the brain child of DK.

Oi Sobaki is my entry for the AFAM - Cucumber event hosted by Neha . The AFAM event was started by Maheshwari of Beyond the Usual


Chitra said...

wow,lovely entries shree,will try this.sounds interesting!!

vidhas said...

nice recipe, lots of veggies at one time, sounds halthy. Never heared about cucumber salad. looks interesting.

Asha said...

I am loving the Korean food, don't you? So delicious and simple to make too. Both look great, love the cucumber Oi! :)

Shree said...

@chitra, let me know how it came :)

@vidhas, thank you

@asha, yeah actualy fell in love with it.. very easy to cook, healthy and very spicy :)

DEESHA said...

this is a nice recipe .. looks very delicious .. I havent ventured into korean cuisine that much

Ashwini said...

This is so simple and spicy..That cucumber looks delish..

PJ said...

Two lovely dishes!1LooksYumm..Thanks for participating in the event Shree

Neha said...

Both dishes are lovely..
Thanx for sending..

delhibelle said...

Very interesting dish & name : oi

Arch said...

Lovely...I too surfed for bibimbap recipes, but wasnt sure if I could make a veggie version - this is great - will try it out !!

Shree said...

@Arch, there are lots of recipes on the net, this one is a hotch potch of those I liked. Try it and let me know how it came. You can add bean sprouts too if you like the taste!