Vegetarian Bibimbap

Credit: DR-Atelier Mai 98 et Stéphane de Bourgies
Ingredients (4 people)

Sauce

  • 3 1/2 ounces gochujang (Korean chili paste) (100 g)
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce (3 cl)
  • 1 ounce sugar (30 g)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon pear juice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Bowl

Plating

  • 4 eggs
  • Nasturtium leaves
  • Mizuna leaves
  • Frying oil
  • Salt

Instructions

Step 1: Sauce

Whisk all of the ingredients together.

Step 2: Bowl

Put the rice into a saucepan, add 1 1/2 volumes water to 1 volume rice, cover, and cook over medium heat without mixing until the water has evaporated completely.

Peel and halve the onions. Peel the leek and cut into thick slices.

Put the vegetables into a skillet or frying pan over high heat and brown well on one side. When cooked, separate the onion and leek layers.

Peel the asparagus and blanch with the fava (broad) beans in a saucepan with salted water. Shock immediately in an ice bath to stop the cooking and fix the color. Cut the asparagus into thick slices, then peel the fava beans.

Step 3: Potato Chips

Peel the potato, then slice very thinly using a mandoline. Heat the frying oil. When the temperature of the oil reaches 285°F (140°C), add the potato slices. Fry until golden. Drain with a skimmer, and lay on kitchen paper towels to soak up any excess grease.

Step 4: Plating

Put a serving of rice on one side of a shallow bowl, and an egg yolk on the other. The egg yolk must be very fresh as it is to be eaten raw.

Arrange the vegetables over the rice. Add a few nasturtium and mizuna leaves and the potato chips.

Finish by pouring a little bibimbap sauce on an onion slice.

Tips

To make bibimbap, I recommend using a mixture of three rice varieties: glutinous rice, white rice, and brown rice. You can also cook the rice in a rice cooker.