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Bibimbap Recipe 3 - Pyeongyang Bibimbap
평양 비빔밥

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bibimbap
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60 min
inactive time: 
180 min
cooking time: 
120 min
total time: 
360 min

Pyeong-yang bibimbap is originated from the city of Pyeong-yang which is the capital of North korea. Pyeong-yang bibimbap is similar to Jeon-ju bibimbap. However, there are minor differences in key ingredients. Pyeong-yang bibimbap includes sautéed beef instead of raw beef, mung bean sprouts instead of soy bean sprouts, diamond shaped egg garnishes and shredded roasted seaweed. Since beef was precious in North Korea, people often used pork instead of beef. Pyeong-yang bibimbap also tends to include a variety of mushrooms such as shiitake mushroom, oyster mushroom and pine mushroom. The mountain vegetables and greens such as gosari, chuinamul, and doraji used in this bibimbap are similar to other types of bibimbap.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of toppings though. You can just pick and choose a few of your favorite toppings for your own bibimbap. Another great way to enjoy this recipe is to throw a potluck party. If you are having a gathering of 10 people, each person can bring one type of topping for 10 people. Then everyone can enjoy amazing bibimbap with 10 toppings.

Buy bibimbap ingredients online here.

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main ingredients

3 cupsRice, white short grain 쌀
3 cupsWater 물
4 ozBeef, flank 양지 (or any stir-fry or steak cut)
2 ozShiitake mushroom (dried) 표고버섯 (4-5 mushrooms)
1 ozFernbrake or Bracken, Gosari 고사리 (dried)
1 ozDoraji, Bellflower Root 도라지  (dried)
4 ozMung Bean Sprouts 숙주
1 ozChwinamul (or Chuinamul), Aster Scaber 취나물 (dried)
4 ozMinari, Water Dropwort (without roots, can use spinach instead)
100 Zucchini, Korean (Grey Squash) 애호박 (about ⅓, 2" length)
7 ozKorean Radish 무
4 ozCarrot (large Korean carrot) 당근 (about ½, 2" length)
3 tbsGochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) 고추장 (optional if you don't like spicy food)

for blanching and seasoning

1 tbsCoarse Sea Salt 굵은 소금 (to clean doraji, platycodon)
1½ tspSalt 소금 (amount may vary depending on the brand)
2 tbsSoy Sauce for Soup (Gukganjang) 국간장  (optional, use regular soy sauce instead)
2½ tspSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
2 tspSugar 설탕
1⅔ tbsGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
¼ cupSesame Oil 참기름
½ tspBlack Pepper 후추
3 tbsChopped Green Onion 다진파
1⅔ tbsSesame Seeds 깨
1½ tbsMul Yeot / Malt (Maltose) Syrup 물엿 (or sugar or honey)
2½ tspVinegar 식초
1 tspGochugaru, Korean Hot Pepper Flakes 고추가루

for garnishes (optional)

Egg 계란
1 tspVegetable Oil 식용유
pinch Salt 소금
1 sheetSeaweed (Gim, Laver) 김
           
tips: 

Don’t be overwhelmed! You can choose a few toppings you like.
Even for traditional pyeongyang bibimbap, ingredients vary depending on the season. You can substitute in and out with a variety of toppings. Check our our classic bibimbap recipe for a simpler version.

If you want to stay true to the traditional pyeonyang bibimbap, make sure to include mung bean sprouts, cooked beef, seaweed garnish and diamond shaped egg garnishes along with other vegetables and greens of your choice.

When choosing toppings, consider balance in taste, texture and color.
Taste: For pleasant bitterness add toppings like doraji (platycodon root) namul, bom namul, chui namul and san namul.
For sweetness, add carrots or zucchini.
Texture: If you like a bit of a mushy texture you can add zucchini and mushrooms, whereas things like platycodon are more crunchy.
Color: You want to use a variety of colors to create a beautiful and contrasting array. (For example, if you have spinach perhaps you don't need to use two other greens. You want different colors like red, white, brown, etc.) When you arrange the ingredients, try to put contrasting colors next to each other, and similar colors as far apart as possible.

Traditionally Korean believed that bibimbap should include the 5 colors: red, blue (or green), brown, white and yellow, which symbolize the harmony of the 5 elements: fire, water, tree, metal and earth. They believed that this creates a balanced meal which is good for health.

You can buy Korean dried vegetables online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I blanch everything at once?
There are three reasons why we blanching things separately. First, it allows you to create a killer presentation. If you mix everything up, it won't look as pretty. Secondly, ingredients get cooked at different speeds. So, you may end up with some things undercooked or others overcooked. Thirdly, when you cook things together, the flavors can be infused to create a different flavor than the intended one. However, I am not going to discourage you from experimenting and adapting the recipe to your liking. After all, cooking is a creative process!

Not all the toppings are hot after following this recipe. Is that normal?
Traditionally, the veggies (na-mul) on bibimbap are not supposed to be hot. Na-muls are room temperature side dishes that you can also use in bibimbap. If you prefer everything to be hot, add all the topping when you pre-heat the bowl and rice and leave the whole thing on the stove on low heat for awhile, with a cover or a lid. One of our viewers suggested putting the whole thing in the oven for awhile.

Do I have to use a stone bowl for bibimbap?
No, bibimbap can be served in a regular bowl. But, it's definitely a step up in terms of taste and presentation.

What is a stone bowl and where can I buy one?
“Stone Bowl” is the common North American name for the sizzling bibimbap bowl, directly translated from “Dol Sot” bibimbap. Natural stone bowls are mostly used in restaurants for the unique look, but many Koreans use ceramic stoneware at home for its ease of use and sanitary benefit. In terms of function, it performs just like natural stone. One primary example is its sizzling effect. Buy stone bowls here

Why are stone bowls so big and how many people can I serve with one stone bowl?
Stone bowls are traditionally for individual servings (meaning one bowl is for one person), though they are big. But, that doesn't mean you have to fill up the bowl to the top if you are not a big eater. Big bowls are used because it's easy to mix things up without making a mess. But then again, I could see the fully filled dolsot feeding 2-3 small eaters if people want to use it as a communal bowl.

Why can't I get the crust at the bottom?
There could be two reasons for this. ONE, you may be using the wrong type of rice. For all Korean cooking, use short grain rice. (It's also called sticky rice. Koreans and Japanese eat this type of rice). Other types of rice may not be sticky enough. Also, your rice can be cooked too dry. TWO, you may just need to leave your bowl on the stove for a longer time. It takes awhile to pre-heat the dolsot, so you probably want to leave the rice in the bowl for 10-20 min after pre-heating it. You can try to put it on medium after pre-heating, but you will have to check it frequently to prevent burning.

More questions? Please leave your questions below in the comment section. We will do our best to answer as soon as we can.

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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.

1. Pre-soak vegetables

Soak 35g of dried gosari (fernbrake), 35g of dried doraji (platycodon), 30g of dried chuinamul in cold water separately for at least 3 hours. Overnight is ideal.

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Soak in water image: clock.png 180 min

  • 35g gosari (fernbrake)
  • 35g doraji (platycodon)
  • 30g chuinamul (aster scaber)

2. Cook rice

Wash 3 cups of white short grain rice twice and drain completely. Add 3 cups of water and cook in a rice cooker. See how to cook rice in pot here. This ail yield about 6 cups of cooked rice (1½ cups of cooked rice for 1 serving).

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Wash

  • 3 cups rice

Drain

Add

  • 3 cups water

Cook

3. Wash doraji

Drain pre-soaked doraji (platycodon). Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of coarse sea salt all over doraji and rub them for a min. Wash thoroughly and squeeze water out by hand.

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Sprinkle doraji with

  • 1 tbs coarse salt

Rub image: clock.png 1 min

Wash thoroughly

Squeeze water out

4. Wash gosari & chuinamul

Wash pre-soaked gosari and chuinamul twice in cold water. Squeeze water out by hand.

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Wash twice

  • gosari
  • chuinamul

Squeeze water out

5. Blanch gosari and chuinamul

Blanch gosari (fernbrake) and chuinamul (aster scaber) separately in boiling water with a pinch of salt (gosari: until soft, 10-20 min depending on how long you soaked, chuinamul: 10-20 min depending on how long you soaked). Rinse in cold water and squeeze all the water out with your hands. Blanching time may vary depending on how soaked your vegetables are. As a rule of thumb, blanch until they just become soft. Don’t over cook.

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Blanch in boiling water

with ⅛ teaspoon salt.

  • gosari image: clock.png 10 min
  • chuinamul image: clock.png 10 min

Rinse in cold water

Squeeze water out

6. Blanch minari

Wash 100g of minari (water dropwort) thoroughly and drain. Blanch minari in boiling water with a pinch of salt for about 1 min. Rinse in cold water and squeeze all the water out with your hands. (*You can use spinach instead of minari.)

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Wash & drain

  • 100g minari

Blanch in boiling water

with ⅛ teaspoon salt.

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Rinse in cold water

Squeeze water out

7. Soak and wash mushrooms

Soak dried 4-5 shiitake mushrooms in sugar water (1 tablespoon sugar + 2 cups water) for 30 min or until they become soft. Then, wash throughly and squeeze all the water out. If you have fresh Shiitake mushrooms, just wash them in cold water.

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Soak in cold water

  • 4-5 shiitake mushrooms

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Wash

Squeeze water out

8. Julienne mushrooms

Julienne shiitake mushrooms

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Julienne

  • shiitake mushrooms

9. Prepare mung bean sprouts

Remove any rotten (brown) heads or tails from 100g of mung bean sprouts. Rinse thoroughly in water and drain.

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Remove tail

Rinse thoroughly

Drain

10. Blanch mung bean sprouts

Blanch mung bean sprouts in boiling water with a pinch of salt for about 1 - 2 min or until soft. Rinse in cold water and drain water out in a strainer (don’t squeeze).

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Blanch mung bean sprouts

in boiling water

  • ⅛ tsp salt
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Rinse in cold water

Drain in strainer

11. Julienne zucchini

Peel and wash ½ Korean zucchini (2” length). Julienne it into thin strips. Sprinkle a pinch of salt all over and let it sit for a few minutes.

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Peel & wash

  • ½ zucchini

Julienne

Sprinkle

  • a pinch of salt

Let it sit

12. Julienne carrot

Peel and wash ½ carrot (2” length). Julienne it into thin strips. Sprinkle a pinch of salt all over and let it sit for a few minutes.

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Peel & wash

  • ½ carrot

Julienne

Sprinkle

  • a pinch of salt

Let it sit

13. Julienne radish

Peel, wash and julienne 200g of Korean radish (about 2” length). Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let it sit for a few minutes.

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Peel, wash

  • 200g Korean radish

Julienne

Sprinkle

  • a pinch of salt

Let it sit

14. Prepare garlic and green onions

Peel and mince 5 cloves of garlic and finely chop 3 green onions.

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Mince 4-5 cloves garlic

Chop 3 green onions

15. Prepare beef

Julienne 100g of beef.

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Julienne 100g beef

16. Marinate beef

Marinate beef with 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, ½ teaspoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, a pinch of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions and ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds. Cover and store in the fridge.

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Marinate with

  • 1 tsp regular soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • a pinch black pepper
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

Regrigerate

17. Sauté gosari

Coat a pan with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Sauté gosari (fernbrake) with ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, for 3 min on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of gukganjang (soy sauce for soup), 1 teaspoon chopped green onions and saute for another 5-10 min until soft. If it starts to stick to the bottom, you can add a bit more water. Turn off the heat. Add a pinch of black pepper and ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds. *Cooking time may differ depending on how the gosari was dried and how long the gosari was soaked in water.

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Sauté gosari Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 3 min

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp minced garlic

Add

  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs soy sauce for soup
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions

Sauté Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 7 min

Off heat and add

  • a pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

18. Sauté doraji

Sauté doraji (platycodon roots) exactly same way as gosari.

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Sauté doraji Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 3 min

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp minced garlic

Add

  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs soy sauce for soup
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions

Sauté Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 7 min

Off heat and add

  • a pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

19. Sauté shiitake mushrooms

Sauté julienned shiitake mushrooms with ½ teaspoon of sesame oil, with 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, ½ teaspoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions, a pinch of black pepper and ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds on high heat for 3 min or until cooked.

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Sauté mushrooms

High Heat image: highheat.png image: clock.png 3 min

  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions
  • a pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

20. Sauté carrots

Sauté carrots with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, ⅛-¼ teaspoon of salt and a pinch of black pepper on medium heat for 5 min or until cooked.

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Sauté carrots

Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 5 min

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ⅛-¼ tsp salt
  • a pinch black pepper

21. Sauté zucchini

Sauté zucchini with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, ⅛-¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions, a pinch of black pepper and ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds on medium heat for 2-3 min or until cooked.

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Sauté zucchini

Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 2 min

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ⅛-¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions
  • a pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

22. Season minari

Season blanched minari with the following and mix well with your hand: ½ teaspoon of soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions.

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Season minari

  • ½ tsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions

23. Season chuinamul

Season chuinamul (aster scaber) with the following and mix well with your hand: ⅛-¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of gukganjang (soy sauce for soup), ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions and ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds.

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Season chuinamul

  • ⅛-¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp gukganjang (soy sauce for soup)
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

24. Season mung bean sprouts

Season mung bean sprouts with the following and mix well with your hand: ⅛-¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of gukganjang (soy sauce for soup), ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions, a pinch of black pepper and ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds.

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Season mung bean sprouts

  • ⅛-¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp gukganjang (soy sauce for soup)
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions
  • a pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

25. Season radish

Season Korean radish with ¾-1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 teaspoon of vinegar, ½ teaspoon of garlic, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions, ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds and 1 teaspoon of gochugaru (red chili flakes).

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Season radish

  • ¾-1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp gochugaru (red chili flakes).

26. Prepare eggs (optional)

Separate 2 egg yolks from egg whites into separate bowls. Season each of the yolks and whites with a pinch of salt and beat it.

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Separate

  • egg yolk
  • egg white

Season

  • a pinch of salt

Beat

27. Cook eggs (optional)

While the broth is boiling, preheat a non-stick pan on low heat for a minute. Lightly coat a non-stick pan with vegetable oil and spread the egg yolks as thin as possible by rotating the pan in circular motion, just as if making crepes. When it’s fully cooked, remove it from the pan and let it cool on the side. Repeat the same for egg whites. For more vibrant colors, cook on low heat.

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Preheat Low Heat image: lowheat.png image: clock.png 1 min

Coat pan with oil

Spread egg yolks thin

Cook Low Heat image: lowheat.png until cooked

Cool down

Repeat for egg whites

28. Cut eggs (optional)

Once the cooked eggs are cooled down, cut them into diamond shapes. If the eggs are not fully cooled down, they won’t cut cleanly.

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Cut into diamond shape

29. Sauté beef

Sauté marinated beef on high heat for 1-2 min or until cooked.

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Sauté marinated beef

High Heat image: highheat.png

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or until cooked

30. Cut seaweed

Cut roasted seaweed into thin strips with scissors.

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Cut seaweed

into thin strips

31. Make bibimbap sauce (optional)

Mix and sauté 3 tablespoons of red chili paste, 1½ tablespoon of Mul Yeot (see tips for substitution), 1½ tablespoons sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Stir constantly so it doesn’t stick to the pan. You can make more if you like your bibimbap spicy.

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Mix & sauté

  • 3 tbs gochujang (red chili paste)
  • 1½ tbs honey or mulyeot (Korean malt syrup)
  • 1½ tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds.

Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 2 min

32. Heat stone bowls (optional)

(OPTIONAL for sizzling dolsot bibimbap) Coat 4 stone bowls with vegetable oil or sesame oil and place a bed of rice at the bottom of stone bowls and leave them on LOW heat for 15-20 min (or until golden crust is formed at the bottom).

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Coat stone bowl with oil

Place a bed of rice

Low Heat image: lowheat.png image: clock.png 15 min

(golden crust)

33. Top with ingredients

Add more rice to each bowl. For each bowl, top with all ingredients so that contrasting colors are beside each other. Place sautéed beef and seaweed strips in the middle. Add diamond egg garnishes. If you prefer all ingredients to be hot, add everything when you preheat the stone bowl and rice (in the previous step). You don’t have to completely fill up the bowl. Stone bowls are big so people can mix the content without making a mess. If you are a small eater, use a smaller amount of rice.

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Add more rice

Top with ingredients

34. Serve and enjoy

Serve with the bibimbap sauce (or plain gochujang) on the side. To enjoy the dish, add the bibimbap sauce to your liking and mix everything well.

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Serve on the side

  • bibimbap sauce