My first food blog — Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice)

Hi guys, this is Yu. This is my first time writing a blog using English. I am quite excited but also very nervous! So please leave some kind feedback to encourage me to keep it up and do let me know what do you want to see in the future. For my Chinese reader, I provided some translations after some words might cause your understanding and help you to improve your vocabulary :)

As you might guessed, my first language is not English. I got married to an English gentleman and I want to be able to communicate with him more. I am committed to improve my English by reading more and writing more. I have always enjoyed cooking and writing, so I thought it would be fun to start a blog about my kitchen story. I think I have a natural privilege(优先的)to be a good blogger as my husband is a outstanding blogger and he promised will do some proofreading (文字润色和修改)work to make this blog more reader-friendly.

Oh here is a picture of us!

I will write some home-cooking recipes here, and in the future I might review some restaurants. My husband is my personal photographer and the camera he uses is our wedding gift! If you are impressed by his photograph please do let him know and the only thing I know about the camera is the body is Fujifilm XT-2… but if you want to read his technology reviews you can check! :p

OK, now it is the time to show the recipe itself. The reason why I chose to give this recipe for my first blog is because: 1. I just made it tonight and my husband happened to take pictures. 2. It is simple, pretty, healthy and tasty!

The food is called “bibimbap”; this is the Korean name of the food. The word literally means “mixed rice”. It is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned veggies and gochujiang (Korean chilli pepper paste) and soy sauce. A fried egg is common addition. Most of the time people also add cooked beef or pork mince, but since my husband is a vegetarian, I avoided meat and put two eggs instead.

As one of the most important ingredient is rice, don’t forget to make your rice! In our home we have a small rice cooker, usually it takes her about 30 minutes to make perfect rice for two people. We usually can finish cooking the other ingredients when the rice is ready to serve.

The first step to start is gathering all the ingredients. Today I will use two courgettes (£1.29 for 3), one box of mixed mushroom(£1.33 for a box), 1/3 bag of baby spinach (£1.5 for a bag)and half a bag of bean sprouts (50p per bag). Chopped garlic mince and carrots are already in my fridge. Minced garlic (大蒜沫)is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine so you should either practice your garlic chopping skill or by using prepared garlic mince like me :)

Then it is the time to prepare food, including cutting mushroom in small pieces, slicing courgette (西葫芦)and carrots, boiling spinach and bean sprouts and stir frying courgette and carrot and mushroom separately.

For a person who is lacking patience like me, it can be better to use some kitchen gadgets(小东西) to help to prepare food.

As you can see I have a tool to slice vegetable like courgette and carrot. You can easily find this tool in chain supermarkets. Trust me you will find owning this will improve your cooking efficiency so much and it is not even expensive!

Because different vegetables requires different cooking times and methods, so it is better to put them in separate bowls.

The above two veggies might take the longest time to prepare in this dish, and the mushroom I bought is small enough to stir-fry directly in a pan.

So as I mentioned before, there are three things you need to stir-fry; they are mushroom, courgette and carrot. The way to stir fry them is pretty simple, all following the same method:

Turn on the heat to medium to high, wait for your pan to become hot and then put one teaspoon of cooking oil in for each type of veggie. Stir (翻)until the veggies start to become golden coloured, and add about one teaspoon of soy sauce. Then put a teaspoon of garlic mince. You can add a little bit of sugar to increase their flavour. You will find the veggies in the pan starts to smell really awesome, and it is the time to put some sesame oil to make it even better! After adding all these three ingredients, you can put the veggies in a small bowl.

And if you have capable hands, you can boil beansprout at the same time. I always tend to use a kettle to boil hot water first and then pour into a pan on a medium heat oven. You then add salt, sesame oil and put your beansprouts in the pan. You need to cook for around 3–5 minutes depending on how hard you want your beansprouts to taste like. After the beansprout is cooked, you drain it until it’s dry.

After beansprouts, it is time for spinach! We don’t really want mushy spinach so we just put it into boiling water containing sesame oil and salt for one minute and then drain it.

I will then fry eggs. (Haha you can see we are really egg fans!) Some people prefer single sided running eggs, but I quite like well-done ones.

Beep, beep, the rice is done! Time to take some out and put in a giant bowl!

After placing the rice, fun parts begin! First, plate the bibimbap, placing the veggies around the rice.

And then add egg(s) in the middle.

And then put the two most important ingredients! These are Gochujang and toasted sesame. (You can find Gochujang in Tesco and toast your own sesame, you don’t really need to go to an Asian market).

And then one of the most important steps, which is to take a photo and show to your friends that you have done it by yourself.

And then, the really most important step: use knife, or spoon, together with chopsticks, to MIX EVERYTHING IN THE BOWL TOGETHER!!!

If you have a stone bowl, it will be good to make it hot and put everything in it while it is still sizzling. But it is amazing to eat like this already. :)

Thanks for reading the whole blog, if you like it please share to your friends, or just follow the recipe to make your own bibimbap :)

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