For those who love spicy food and rice, dolsot bibimbap is the perfect dish that will satisfy your needs. It’s a Korean dish that contains rice, meat and vegetables and as much hot sauce as you want! It’s tasty, it has an abundance of colours and flavours, and it’s relatively healthy given all the vegetables that are in it.
“Bibim” translates as mixed and “bap” means cooked rice. The thing that makes dolsot bibimbap special is the earthenware bowl called “dolsot”. It’s not just plain rice with a bunch of toppings, it’s crunchy rice with meats and veggies on top! Moreover, sesame oil is added to the sticky rice which gives it a wonderfully aromatic smell and taste. And of course, hot sauce! Like most Korean recipes, the main star of the sauce is gochujang, which is a Korean red chili pepper paste. It is mixed with things like sesame oil, sugar and garlic and is then poured on top of the rice dish.
Many of the common toppings of a bibimbap include carrots, marinated meat, fried (though sometimes raw) egg, nori, daikon and zucchini. However, you’ll find bibimbap with other ingredients such as cabbage, spinach, gingko nuts, peppers, shiitake mushrooms, onions, etc. It’s not an easy dish to prepare because of the number of components to it, but you could always simplify it with a few of the toppings instead (like just adding zucchini, bean sprouts, meat and a fried egg) and prepare a plain bowl of rice with a side of the Korean hot sauce. There are places that sell prepackaged bibimbap ingredients together, but you could just buy a plethora of banchan from a Korean grocery store or use the leftovers goods in your fridge. 🙂