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Korean Food

Korean food is a few of the healthiest in the world, with a focus on veggies, meats prepared merely and also without much oil, and a near fixation with the fermented veggie kimchi, which could be something of an obtained preference for non-Koreans.

Much of the food that exists in Korea today and also the customs surrounding it have come from imperial food as well as the complex customs of the old court. The food is a research study in equilibrium with cautious factor to consider given to temperature level, spiciness, colour as well as texture together with taken into consideration presentation.

Starting with ritual bowls of rice and also soup, the major meal is constructed around countless shared side meals picked to match each various other. The number of side meals might differ from two to a loads or more yet daily dishes will include at the very least a few. All recipes are served at the same time to share, instead of in programs. Korean Food consists of many dishes cooked in various methods, consisting of being steamed and also simmered, pan-fried and stewed, fermented as well as raw.

Another foundation of Korean food is rice, which creates the foundation of virtually every meal, although is often replaced with noodles. Due to the fact that Korea is a peninsula, fish and shellfish is likewise preferred.

The Korean Food have actually perfected the art of maintaining food, so many side meals are picked, fermented or salty as well as lots of are spicy. Kimchi, Korea’s renowned spicy cabbage, which has more than a hundred selections using different veggies, is a constant of every dish. It is loved for its sour tangy crunch as well as being a digestive aid.

Various other preferred spices as well as sauces include: sesame and also sesame oil, chilli pepper paste (kochujang), soybean paste (daenjang), garlic, ginger and chilli pepper flakes. Korean food has the tendency to be extremely flavoured, zesty and also pungent.

Standard restaurants commonly feature charcoal grills in the center of the table – a sort of interior barbeque. Paper-thin pieces of marinaded meat (bulgogi– literally “fire meat”) or beef ribs (kalbi) are smoked, reduced into items, and wrapped in lettuce entrusts garlic, chilli and soybean paste. They’re consumed in one bite as it’s taken into consideration the height of rudeness to attack right into a lettuce parcel.

Korean Food additionally position fantastic relevance on the function of food as medicine, utilizing unique ingredients such as dried persimmon, red dates (jujube), ache seeds, chestnut, gingko, tangerine as well as ginseng in their food preparation and in particularly made teas.

 

Korean Food Bibimbap

Rice mixed with vegetables, meat, an egg, and chili pepper paste

There are many variants on this dish, from easy to clarify, as well as this dish I’m showing you today is for one you might think about “classic” bibimbap. If you ordered bibimbap in an Korean restaurant, you would possibly get something such as this recipe, with regional variations. I’m also mosting likely to show you bibimbap ready and served in a heated rock or earthenware dish called dolsot-bibimbap (돌솥비빔밥). “Dolsot” indicates “rock pot” in Oriental, and this variation is well-known for the method the bowl makes a layer of crunchy, crackling rice under of the bibimbap.

Even though we mix up bibimbap before we eat it, each component should be prepared with treatment and individuality, drawing out their unique tastes, appearances and also shades so they integrate beautifully in the dish and delightfully in your mouth. The different active ingredients typically aren’t arbitrary, they’re picked since they stabilize, balance, and also balance out each other.

This dish isn’t fast and very easy, it takes a while making. Yet if you’re actually in a rush you can make a fantastic bibimbap with the soybean sprouts, spinach, and carrot (or red bell pepper, or both), and gochujang, sesame oil, and also an egg– those things are unskippable!

I’m going to share some more bibimbap recipes on my website in the future, as well as you’ll see the amount of various variations there are. This variation is a bit different than the version in my cookbook, due to the fact that I make a quick and also easy soup with the bean sprouts. When I started my YouTube network, bibimbap was among the first dishes I made, because it’s such a necessary recipe in Oriental food. So I’m happy to remake the video clip now in HD with better editing and enhancing as well as direction. I have actually been developing to this video clip by remaking video clips for the active ingredients, as well. I remade yukhoe, and sigeumchi-namul, and my yukagaejang video has a lot of information concerning preparing the hill vegetable fernbrake.

 

Bibimbap ingredients

  • 5 cups cooked short-grain rice
  • 12 ounces soy bean sprouts, washed and drained
  • 8 ounces of spinach blanched and washed with the excess water squeezed out by hand
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 3 to 4 green onions, chopped
  • ½ pound fresh lean cut of beef (fillet mignon, flank steak)
  • 4 ounces fernbrake (gosari), fresh or soaked from ½ ounce dried gosari (details below)
  • 1 ounce dried bellflower roots (doraji), soaked in cold water for 18 to 24 hours.
  • 4 eggs
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • sesame oil
  • sesame seeds
  • garlic
  • soy sauce
  • honey (or sugar)
  • Korean hot pepper paste (gochujang)

How to prepare dried fernbrake?

If you have presoaked or fresh fernbrake you can use it straight away, but if you have dried fernbrake you’ll need to get it ready to eat. It’s fast if you have a pressure cooker, but if you don’t it will take some time.

Pressure cooker
  1. Wash ½ ounce of dried gosari and boil it with 5 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse in cold water a couple of times.
  3. Drain. It should make 4 ounces.
In a pot on the stove
  1. In a large saucepan add ½ ounce of dried gosari to 7 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 30 minutes. Cover and let stand until cool, about 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Rinse the fernbrake a couple of times, drain and put in a bowl. Cover with fresh cold water and let soak for at least 8 hours or overnight in a cool place, changing the water 2 or 3 times during the soaking.
  3. Taste the gosari: It should be soft. If it’s tough, boil it again in a fresh pot of water for about 20 minutes and then let it sit, covered, until soft.
  4. Drain. It should make 4 ounces.

gosari

 

Rice

2 cups of dried rice makes about 5 cups of cooked rice.

  1. Rinse 2 cups of rice in cold water and scrub the wet rice with your hand. Rinse and drain until the drained water is pretty clear.
  2. Put the rice in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add 2 cups of water, cover, and soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Cook over medium high heat for 7 to 8 minutes until the surface is covered with abundant bubbles that are spluttering noisily and look like they’re about to overflow the pot. Turn the rice over a few times with a spoon and cover the pot again.
  4. Turn the heat to very low and simmer for another 10 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and fluffy. Remove from the heat.
  5. Fluff the rice with a spoon to release excess steam. Let the rice stand, covered, at room temperature to keep it warm.

Cooking Bibimbap

I want to get a large platter and afterwards put each veggie on it as they prepare. I think it looks good, yet you don’t need to do this. When all veggies are prepared as well as prepared to use, the plate looks pretty scrumptious!

Soybean sprouts:

soybean sprouts

  1. Put the soy bean sprouts in a pot and add 4 cups water and 2 or 3 teaspoons salt. Cover and cook for 20 minutes over medium high heat. Take out the sprouts with tongs and put them into a bowl, leaving about ½ cup of sprouts in the pot with the water you used to boil them. This is the soup to serve with bibimbap later.
  2. In a bowl, mix the sprouts by hand with ½ teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Put them on the large platter.
Spinach
  1. Cut up the blanched spinach a few times and put it in a bowl. Mix by hand with 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds. Cover and put it next to the soy bean sprouts on the platter.
Fresh vegetables

fresh vegetables

  1. Cut the carrot into matchsticks, put them in a bowl, and mix with a pinch of salt. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes until sweating.
  2. Cut the red bell pepper into halves, deseed, and slice into strips. Put them in a bowl.
  3. Cut the zucchini into matchsticks and mix with ½ teaspoon salt.
  4. Cut the cucumber into halves lengthwise and slice thinly crosswise. Mix with ¼ teaspoon salt.
Beef

  1. Cut the beef into matchsticks and put them in a bowl.
  2. Mix with 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds with a spoon.
  3. Cover and keep in the fridge until ready to use.
Mountain vegetables
  1. Cut the fernbrake (gosari) a few times into bite size pieces. Set aside.
  2. Put the bellflower roots (doraji) in a large bowl. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons salt. Rub for a minute to wilt slightly and release some of the bitterness. Rinse them in cold water a couple of times and drain. If you find some roots are too thick, split them lengthwise. Set aside.

 

Cook

  1. Heat up a pan over medium high heat. Squeeze out excess water from the carrot. Add a few drops of cooking oil to the pan and sauté the carrot for 1 minute. Put it on the platter next to the soy bean sprouts and spinach. Clean the pan with wet paper towel or wash it.
  2. Heat a few drops of cooking oil in the pan and squeeze out the excess water from the cucumber. Sauté with ½ teaspoon minced garlic and a few drops of sesame oil for 30 seconds. Put it on the platter. Clean the pan.
  3. Heat up the pan with a few drops of cooking oil. Add the red bell pepper and sprinkle a pinch of salt over top. Sauté for 30 seconds. Put it on the platter. Clean the pan.
  4. Heat up the pan and squeeze out excess water from the zucchini. Add a few drops of cooking oil and sauté with 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, a drop of sesame oil for 1 minute until slightly softened. Put it on the platter. Clean the pan.
  5. Heat up the pan with a few drops of cooking oil. Add the bellflower roots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium so as not to brown them. Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic and a drop of sesame oil. Stir for another minute until a little softened. Put it on the platter. Clean the pan.bellflower root
  6. Heat up the pan. Add a few drops of cooking oil. Stir the gosari for 2 minutes until a little softened. Add ½  teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons sugar, and keep stirring for another minute. Put it on the platter.bibimbap vegatables

How to server Bibimbap

you can serve bibimbap in a regular, shallow bowl, and dolsot-bibimbap in a stone or earthenware bowl.

In a regular, shallow bowl

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  1. Reheat the soybean sprout soup.
  2. Divide the cooked rice into 4 portions. Each portion will be a little more than 1 cup of rice.
  3. Put the rice in each of 4 bowls and arrange the vegetables and beef on the rice. Top with the egg yolk and gochujang. If you prefer your eggs and beef cooked, make sunny side up eggs and slightly pan-fry the beef before putting them on the top of rice.
  4. Sprinkle the bibimbap with the sesame seeds and drizzle with sesame oil to taste.
  5. Ladle the soup to a small bowl and sprinkle some chopped green onion over top.
  6. Serve right away with more hot pepper paste on the side.

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