Thursday, May 17, 2012

All Things Asian

With all of the Asian Greens in this week's share, I couldn't resist making a delicious bowl of Bibimbap. Bibimhuh?? That is the answer I usually get when I mention this Korean dish to someone for the first time but it quickly becomes a household favorite. This is the dish I crave if I have a bad day, or a particularly good day, or if it is a day that will require eating. It's that good. I love it served in a traditional stoneware bowl with all of the veggies arranged on the top, but I would eat it off of a paper plate with everything mixed together as well. Besides being beautiful and easy it is healthy and totally adaptable to each seasons produce. This week we have a full share of Asian greens, but this will work just as well with spinach, kale, chard, or romaine lettuce. If you are keeping grain free, try replacing the rice with Quinoa. Yum! You can use any sauce you have available but the Gochuchang really is worth the effort it may take to track it down!


Cooked rice-use your favorite type
Chopped mixed greens
Chopped Bok Choy
Thinly sliced garlic scallions, white part only, thinly sliced
2 carrots-julienned-left raw
White radish chopped
1 Egg-Over Easy-optional but delicious
Gochuchang Sauce-3 tbsp mixed with 1/2 tbsp sugar or honey, 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds and 2 tsp sesame oil-I LOVE this sauce so I always double the recipe
1 tbsp sesame seeds, divided

Heat a pan with 2 tsp sesame oil and when the oil is hot add the greens, bok choy and scallions and part of the radishes. Sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds and remove from heat. Place rice in a bowl or a cast iron pan and arrange veggies on top of rice.  If you use a cast iron pan for serving have it hot before you add the rice and it will make the outside layer of rice crispy! Place egg in the middle and add the Gochuchang sauce along the edges of veggies or drizzle over all. Stir together right before eating. In the summer you can add zucchini, yellow squash and peppers with the greens. You can add chicken or beef if desired. Some people like to use ground beef. Bean sprouts are delicious too! If you don't have the Gochuchang sauce you can use Sriracha mixed with the sesame oil and sugar, etc. But use less Sriracha or more sugar because it is much more spicy! This is dish is traditionally served both hot or cold so choose your favorite way and enjoy!

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