If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I adore Korean food.
So when I was invited to attend the Korean Bibimbap Backpacker’s event at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, I was really excited! The Bimbimbap Backpackers travel the world presenting Bibimbap tutorials, and spreading the wonderful Korean culture wherever they go! I was the first person to win one of the items they were giving away—a yummy sweet Korean pancake mix—which I’ve tasted before and LOVE, so I was happy!
Everyone involved with the event was so welcoming, helpful, pleasant and kind; they waited on us (we numbered about 50) and gave us so many dishes to try! I went with my friend Kelli of I Had a Delicious Time, and Layers Los Angeles, and we were both so impressed with the wonderful presentation, the delicious dishes and explanation regarding all the different foods, but especially the Bibimbap.What exactly is Bibimbap? It means “mixed rice” and is a super healthy, and very delicious meal all in one bowl! Read on…
At the event, we were given “mandoo”, deep fried Korean dumplings which were followed by rice balls with a spicy sauce which were chewy and delicious and reminded me of Italian gnocchi. Then a salad with a simple, yet tasty dressing and japchae (sweet potato starch noodles with vegetables) was served, and then came pork belly and rice; the final treat was a crispy tofu appetizer with rice, and these were just the starters!
Next, we were provided with details about Bibimbap and how to serve it, and were told that it is important to have five colors of toppings which are placed on top of the bottom layer of rice, which not only provide a healthy variety of nutrients, but are important in signifying positive aspects of a healthy life, too. According to the Bibimbap Backpackers, Bibimbap helps the body excrete and burn unwanted fats (it really is probably one of the healthiest, most complete meals you can make.)
We were then able to make our own bibimbap!
Bibimbap is quite simple, so anyone can make it at home. It would be a great idea for a buffet style party, as everyone can create their own bowl to their own liking. On top of steamed rice, we chose from:
- shredded carrot
- shredded cucumber
- shredded seaweed
- pickled radish (my favorite!)
- mung bean sprouts
- hard boiled egg yolk
- caramelized garlic
- bulgogi (Korean barbequed beef)
- Korean red sauce which could be drizzled on top
This is my creation and it was DELICIOUS!!
At the end of the meal, we were served a lovely fruit flavored tea, which was the perfect ending to such a healthy lunch.
If you have never tried Bibimbap, (or any Korean food, for that matter), I cannot urge you strongly enough to get yourself to the nearest Korean market, or even Korean restaurant, to try some of the tastiest food you’ll ever have. You’ll find four more Korean recipes below.
Jal mug get sum ni da! (Bon appetit in Korean)
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