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Korean Bibimbap
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Korean Bibimbap (BEE-beem-bop) is a classic - and delicious - dish of steamed rice served with ground meat (pork, beef, turkey or chicken), colorful vegetables, and a fried egg on top. Made in only 30 mins, it's savory, filling, hearty and served in a big bowl. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: bibimbap, daikon rice, paleo, spiralize
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: steamykitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2-3 large daikon radishes peeled
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang Korean red pepper paste
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
  • 8 ounces lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup diced scallions green and white parts
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 3 packed cups fresh spinach
  • 4 large eggs
  • Cooking oil vegetable, canola, coconut
Instructions
  1. Spiralize the cucumber, medium thickness, then set aside in refrigerator to keep cold. Spiralize the daikon radish, thin thickness (blade d). Place the spiralized daikon in a food processor and pulse until resembles size of rice grains. You should have approximately 3 cups of daikon rice.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, gochujang, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Add in the ground pork to the bowl and let marinate on counter while you continue with recipe.
  3. Heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, drizzle in cooking oil and swirl to coat pan. Add in the scallions, ginger and garlic. Stir fry for 15 seconds until fragrant. Add in the daikon "rice" and stir fry for about 5 minutes, until the daikon turns transluscent. Season salt to taste and toss well. Remove "rice" from pan, and cover to keep warm.
  4. Wipe the pan clean. Return pan to medium-high heat. When hot, drizzle in just a little cooking oil. Add in the spinach and stir fry, tossing frequently, for 2 minutes, until spinach is wilted. Remove spinach to plate and set aside.
  5. Wipe pan clean. Return same pan to medium heat. When hot, swirl in cooking oil. Crack in the eggs and cook without stirring for 3 minutes or until the egg whites are set on the edges. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the egg whites are cooked through and the yolks still runny. Remove from pan to a plate, and set aside.
  6. Return same pan to stove, set on high heat. When hot, swirl in cooking oil. Add in the marinated pork, breaking up the pork with your spatula. Cook pork for 4-5 minutes, until no longer pink and pork is cooked through.
  7. Evenly divide the daikon rice, pork, spinach and cucumber noodles between four bowls. Top each bowl with a fried egg.
Recipe Notes

Gochujang is a Korean red pepper paste made from red chiles, glutinous rice and soybeans, found at Asian markets and many supermarkets. If you prefer your Bibimbap to not be spicy, look for Doenjang, which is a soybean paste without the chiles.

If you cannot find Doenjang, a suitable substitute would be miso paste, both are made from beans and will provide a umami-rich, savory flavor to the dish. Gochujang, Doenjang and Miso paste all store well in the refrigerator. If covered well (I press a piece of plastic wrap over the paste to minimize air), it will last for a year.

If you are a strict Paleo - replace the soy sauce with coconut aminos. Gochujang has a bit of sugar in it - so you can omit and replace with Asian red pepper powder or cayenne pepper powder.

Nutrition Facts
Korean Bibimbap
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 205mg68%
Sodium 235mg10%
Potassium 406mg12%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 502IU10%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.