The Autumn chill has arrived as UnitedKpop HQ and we are longing for warm coffee and curling up under the covers. However, sometimes ramen noodles and soups are not enough. There are times when comfort food reigns supreme and nothing spells comfort like family recipes. No matter where you travel to, Bibimbap will always be on top of the list of any family cookbook which often makes it the ultimate comfort food in South Korea.
Traditionally, Bibimbap (translated to mixed rice) is a recipe that dates back to the Joseon period of Korea’s history – between the 14th and 16th Century. Originating from the dish Goldongban which is a similar dish of rice, veg, meat and sauce. This dish does have a ritual component due to its tradition and sheer luck of its creation. Goldongban was usually known to be eaten on the eve of the Lunar New Year, as people wish to get rid of all the leftover side dishes used before welcoming the new year. This is often why the ingredients is mixed all together with rice to create a staple dish. Overtime, this dish developed into Bibimbap which is now often shared in large dinners, family events or popular restaurants banquets.
The joy of the use of leftovers means that everyone can create their own rendition using any form of leftover dishes. There is the traditional ingredients of beef and a collection of sauteed vegetables but it can be switched of any form of protein – tofu for a vegetarian option or deciding which selection of side dishes for your topping. Whatever your combination is, you are almost guaranteed that you are mixing up a heart-warming dish to cuddle up with in the Autumn season.
Want to make your Bibimbap? We have compiled a starter’s guide to this popular dish in our latest UKP Magazine, which is now available to read below.